Attire for Successful Hire Tips

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Mashal Moeen is a junior studying Economics and Mathematics at the College of Arts and Science aspiring to have a career in finance. Currently she’s serving on the Freshman and Sophomore Engagement Committee with her fellow Wasserman Career Ambassadors. She chose this particular committee because she’s passionate about making the job search process fun and exciting for her peers at NYU. When she’s not working as a WCA, Mashal can be found at one of the museums in New York City or sampling desserts at obscure places around the city.

On February 9, 2016, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., the Wasserman Centre for Career Development is hosting Attire for Successful Hire in collaboration with Macy’s. The event is meant to acquaint NYU students with the art of dressing to impress.

As someone who has just been through the nerve-wracking process of finding that dream internship, I understand that the interviewing process can be stressful. There are so many things that can go wrong. Today’s job market is so competitive that you cannot afford to make any mistakes. The Wasserman Career Ambassadors are here to make the recruitment process a little less stressful for you. Below you will find some tips to ensure that your outfit isn’t the reason why missed your dream internship/job.


A suit that makes you look polished and professional. Ensure that the suit is clean and free of wrinkles. Invest in a power suit.

Ties are a nice way to add some personality to your outfit. However, avoid eccentric prints.

Mid-calf solid color socks are your best option so you don’t show any skin while sitting down.

Freshly polished dress shoes in black or brown.


Pant suit, skirt or a business formal dress are all appropriate for women. If wearing a dress or a skirt, it should be knee length. Make sure your clothes aren’t ill-fitting.

Solid color blouses or button-downs instead of intricate patterns are appropriate attire for an interview.

Invest in comfortable shoes with a conservative height that are easy to walk in. Avoid open-toed shoes and extreme heels.

Avoid flashy accessories that will attract too much attention. Small earrings and a bracelet are recommended.

If wearing a skirt or a dress, wearing hosiery is a must. Stick to nudes or black.

Interviews are professional meetings and regardless of how casual the work environment you need to project an image that convinces your interviewer that you have done your research about the position and the firm. Remember the old saying, “perception is reality.” Think about the image you’d want to project during your interview, and then choose an outfit that will help create that image, keeping in mind the weather, your geographical location and the industry you’re targeting.

To learn more about Attire for Successful Hire visit NYU CareerNet. The event will be held February 9, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM, in Wasserman Center-Presentation Room A.

Don’t let the wrong outfit cost you the job! Join our Wasserman Career Ambassadors and representatives from Macy’s as they offer fashion advice and showcase clothing trends that will help inspire the confidence you need to land that job or internship. All attendees will be entered into a FREE raffle and the first 50 attendees will receive a Macy’s Gift Bag! To RSVP, click here