Professional Attire

Take time to look your best!
Your appearance will make a lasting impression. A potential employer wants to know if you will fit into the company. Even if you are only going to pick up forms or drop off an application, dress in clothing that is suitable for the type of job you are seeking. Once you have the job, continue to dress in a professional manner. Dress as a respected co-worker dresses; even better, dress as a respected supervisor dresses

The Spokane community is generally conservative. Clothing need not be expensive or extravagant, and should not be revealing or extreme                       

Review this checklist:
  • Get a good night's sleep the night before
  • Freshen up with a shower or bath
  • Shave or trim facial hair
  • Hair should be clean and well groomed
  • Brush your teeth and use a mouthwash
  • Do not wear perfumes or aftershave
  • Makeup and jewelry should be simple and kept to a minimum; no extreme piercings or tattoos!
  • Wear clean, neat clothing; use a lint brush if needed
  • Wear socks or stockings with shoes
  • Shine dress shoes or heels
  • Give your outerwear (jacket/coat, etc) the same attention as your interview outfit

What To Wear
Dressing in a businesslike manner will help you make a good impression at your interview, or even when you are dropping off a resume or application. For most interviews, a suit is appropriate for both men and women. If you do not have appropriate clothing, discount stores provide many choices, as do thrift shops or the Airman's Attic. Your clothes do not need to be expensive, just neat and clean. Review the list of Examples of Appropriate Clothing                

What NOT To Wear
Casual wear is not appropriate for interviews. Clothes that are too dressy or revealing should not be worn either. Once you are on the job, you will be able to judge the types of clothes that fit the work environment. You should be in "professional" clothes. The list below provides examples of inappropriate interview clothing:

  • Jeans
  • Tight clothing
  • Sweatsuits
  • Baseball caps
  • T-shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Shorts
  • Flip-flops or beach shoes
  • Sandals
  • Tennis shoes
  • Party clothes


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