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Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceCorporations · 1 decade ago

What to wear to a business interview?

im a college student and need a little guidance on what to wear to an accounting interview (especially the shoes, what height heel is appropiate?) for a major accounting firm such as pricewaterhousecoopers LLP and kpmg LLP??

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  • 1 decade ago
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    You are required to wear some sort of "business" attire. This consists of a blouse (perhaps light colored or white) with a suit or pant suit (I personally prefer a woman in the skirt suit that falls somewhere between 2 inches above and 2 inches below the knees.

    The website link below provides a more current list of what to wear and not to wear for interviews:

    Women's Interview Attire

    * Solid color, conservative suit

    * Coordinated blouse

    * Moderate shoes (heels 2 inches or less for women)

    * Limited jewelry

    * Neat, professional hairstyle

    * Tan or light hosiery

    * Sparse make-up & perfume

    * Manicured nails

    * Portfolio or briefcase

    If you're in doubt about how to dress for an interview, it is best to err on the side of conservatism. It is much better to be overdressed than underdressed (or undressed).

    What not to wear:

    1. Carrying a backpack or fannypack or purse

    2. Sunglasses on top of your head or headphones around your neck: Be sure to remove all your "transit gear" and tuck it in your briefcase before entering the lobby.

    3. Too-short skirts: Forget what some of those gals on 'The Apprentice' are wearing. Your skirt should cover your thighs when you are seated.

    4. The wrong tie: Ties should be made of silk, no less than three and a quarter inches wide with a conservative pattern. Image consultants say the best colors are red or burgundy.

    5. Overly bright or large-patterned clothing: With the possible exception of creative fields like advertising or computer programming, it's best to stick with navy, black or gray.

    6. Heavy makeup on women (or any makeup on a man)

    7. Earrings on men: In fact, men should avoid wearing any jewelry unless it is a wedding ring, class ring or metal watch.

    8. More than one set of earrings on women

    9. Facial piercings, tongue jewelry or visible tattoos

    10. Ill-fitting clothes. Few people can wear things straight off the rack. Spending a little extra to have your garments tailored is a worthwhile investment.

    11. Long fingernails, especially with bright or specialty polishes. Nails should look clean and be trimmed to a length that doesn't leave an observer wondering how you keep from stabbing yourself.

    12. Unnatural hair colors or styles. Remember, Donald Trump was a billionaire well before he began wearing a comb-over. If you're balding, try a close-cropped cut like Bruce Willis or Matt Lauer.

    13. Short-sleeved shirts, even worse when worn with a tie

    14. Fishnets, patterned hosiery or bare legs (no matter how tan you are). Women should stick with neutral color hosiery that complements their suit.

    15. Men whose socks don't match their shoes, or whose socks are too short and leave a gap of flesh when they are seated

    16. Rumpled or stained clothing: If interviewing late in the day, try to change to a fresh suit beforehand.

    17. Scuffed or inappropriate footwear, including sneakers, stilettos, open-toed shoes and sandals

    18. Strong aftershaves, perfumes or colognes: Many people are allergic to certain scents. For a subtle fragrance, use a good quality bath soap.

    19. Belts and shoes that don't match: Shoes and belts should be made of leather or leather-like materials and the best colors for men are black or cordovan.

    20. Telltale signs that your wearing a new suit. Remove all tags and extra buttons -- and remember to cut off the zigzag thread that keeps pockets and slits closed!

    Don't be a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. Plan and lay out what you're going to wear several days before the interview, so you'll have time to shop or get garments pressed and cleaned.

    Save "innovative" or revealing garb for the club (or your couch) and strive for crisp, clean and professional. Remember, you want the interviewer to be listening to what you're saying, not critiquing what you're wearing.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    You should always present yourself in the best manner possible when at a job interview, especially if you are looking at this "job" as a possible career. If you have a suit, yes, you should wear it... make sure it is ironed! If you don't and you can't afford to purchase one, you should at the very least wear dress pants, button down shirt and tie. I can't really think of a job that would "require" an applicant to wear a suit to an interview. Technically, you can wear what you want. However, you will be taken more seriously if you look serious about the job and that starts with the first impression. Part of the first impression is the way you look. Good luck.

  • 1 decade ago

    Prive Waterhouse like women in Business Suits which includes a Blouse and Skirt about knee length. No High Heals but color of shoes must match color of suit.

    No smoking - if offered a cigarette - politely refuse it. If you take a Handbag - let it be small and match the color of your shoes. Minimum of Jewelry. Minimum of Makeup.

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