Many of the guidelines below are specific to students with disabilities. For additional guidelines on professional appearance, visit the Career Services website. If you are interested in getting more help finding professional clothes, please contact Clothes That Work.

All Candidates

  • Hygiene is an important part of a first impression. Make sure that your body and hair are clean.  Student with hearing disability in professional suit, with his ASL interpreter in an interview with a recruiter.
  • Carry your resumes in a professional-looking folder or portfolio.
  • Minimize the amount of items you are carrying.
    • Use a single briefcase or messenger bag. Leave unneccessary items at home or hang them on the coat rack. (WSU is not responsible for lost items.)
  • If you will have an attendant with you, ask them to dress professionally, as well.
  • If you arrive with friends, visit employers separately and regroup with finished networking. Career fairs are not a team sport!
  • Clean all of your mobility equipment.
    • Make sure no mud, strings, airport tags, stickers, etc. are on your chair/scooter/cane, etc.
  • Don't forget your service dog! A bath, brushing, and clean equipment is important preparation.

Males

This list represents the minimum guidelines for males attending an interview. For additional guidelines on professional appearance, visit the Career Services website.

Photo of young man in professional suit and wheelchair

  • Conservative haircut
  • Clean shaven or well-groomed facial hair
  • Minimal to no jewelry (remove piercings, if possible)
  • Dark suit, clean and ironed (choose matching jacket and pants in black, navy, charcoal, gray, etc. Unusual colors, distracting patterns, or "trendy" styles not recommended.)
  • Conservative collared, button-down dress shirt, ironed
  • Conservative tie (no distracting images, cartoons, etc.)
  • No cologne/aftershave
  • Dark-colored socks
  • Polished dress shoes

Females

This list represents the minimum guidelines for males attending an interview. For additional guidelines on professional appearance, visit the Career Services website. Photo of young woman in professional suit with service dog

  • Hair clean, conservatively styled and colored
  • Minimal makeup; no bold colors
  • Minimal to no jewelry (one small earring in each ear, remove all other piercings, if possible)
  • Dark suit, clean and ironed (choose black, navy, charcoal, gray, etc. Unusual colors, distracting patterns, or "trendy" styles not recommended.)
  • Conservative blouse or button-down shirt; nothing low-cut or gapping between the buttons, no busy prints
  • Clean, ironed pants or skirt (2 inches above the knee or longer)
  • No perfume/body spray
  • Dark-colored socks with pants or neutral nylons with a skirt
  • Closed-toe dress shoes; heels no higher than 3 inches