So, for more formal interactions like career fairs and interviews, hopefully it’s clearer now why suits are usually your best option. But if you’re going to a fair as an information seeker instead of a job seeker, or if you’re attending an event like a conference, informational interview, job shadow, etc., a suit may make you overdressed.
For these kinds of interactions, you always want to dress professionally—no ripped jeans, ﬂip-ﬂops, or T-shirts with obscenities on them. Yes, we (probably) all have these items in our wardrobe, but save them for your friends, not a potential employer.
Follow the “dress essentials for everyone,” and consider the items below when you’re picking out what to wear . . .
- Dress pants
- Dress shoes
- Button-down shirt
And remember, when in doubt, check with an insider (your employer contact or Career Advisor, for example) about what the appropriate dress in a particular situation might be!