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What you wear to an interview and on the job can and does say a lot about you. As a general rule of thumb, dressing conservatively and professionally in a business suit, being neatly groomed, and wearing limited accessories will be appropriate in nearly all settings. For an interview your goal should be to ensure that the interviewer is focused on what you are saying, not what you are wearing.

There are numerous websites and magazine articles that deal with appropriate business dress, and in particular, dress for the new college graduate. Here are a few to investigate:

JobBound – Interview Attire: Making a First Impression

Dressing for Professional Success:

Quintessential Careers – When Job Hunting: Dress for Success

Wetfeet – Dressing for Success in Interviews

Dress To Impress: A Guide

Syms – Dress to Achieve!

If you have questions about what you're thinking of wearing for an interview, contact a counselor in the Career Center.  We're happy to give you our professional opinion

Where to Buy Clothes


  • Marshall's, TJ Maxx, Stein Mart, Fashion Bug, Dress Barn, Twice as Nice consignment, Good Buy Girls consignment


  • JC Penney, Macy's, Bon-Ton, Boscov's, Kohl's, Sears, Lane Bryant

Expensive (but good deals can sometimes be found!)

  • Talbot's, Express, Men's Wearhouse


  • Baker's, Bostonian, Payless Shoe Source, The Shoe Dept., Naturalizer, Sage


(This is just a sampling of ideas to get you started. If you don't know where to find these stores in the area, let us know.)

The Career Center, Muhlenberg College
2400 W. Chew Street, Allentown, PA 18104-5586
Ph: (484) 664-3170    Fax: (484) 664-3533

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Last Revised March 25, 2008
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