Cornell University

Interview Tips

Increase your interview success by following these guidelines.


  • Make sure your hair is clean and neat. Men should be clean shaven or have facial hair neatly trimmed.
  • Check fingernails to ensure they’re clean. Wear only neutral shades of nail polish.
  • Make sure your shoes are clean, polished, and in good condition.
  • Practice good hygiene and avoid heavy use of cologne, perfume, and strongly scented body products such as after-shave or deodorant.
  • Wear clothes that make you feel confident.
  • Coordinate your belt and shoe colors.
  • Remove body piercings and cover tattoos.
  • Use a breath freshener, if necessary.
  • Wear neutral hosiery with skirts.


  • Smoke just before an interview.
  • Wear revealing clothes.
  • Wear white socks.
  • Wear excessive make-up.
  • Wear too much jewelry (i.e., more than two items).
  • Wear open-toed shoes/sandals.
  • Chew gum or candy.