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All classes are remote (online) during summer. Access to campus is restricted to authorized employees only. Find up-to-date information and resources at

HCC Main Campus
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia MD, 21044
Laurel College Center
312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 205
Laurel, MD 20707
Gateway Business Training Center
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia MD, 21046
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Dress for Success

The following is a list of suggestions on dress and appearance when going to a job interview.  The best guideline to following is to dress conservatively, and to dress “one step” above what you might wear on a typical day of work.

Business Professional (Job Interviewing Attire)


  • Solid, dark or neutral colors
  • Light colors can be worn underneath
  • No stripes or bright prints/colors


  • Closed-toe heel or dress shoes

Suit Jacket and Pants/Skirt:

  • Should be matching colors
  • Dark gray, navy, or black
  • Long sleeve, button-down white shirt with cuff just past sleeve of suit jacket
  • White blouse or color that matches formal pants suit

Hair and Facial Hair:

  • Well groomed; neatly trimmed

Jewelry and Fragrance:

  • Moderate jewelry
  • Avoid strong perfume or cologne


  • Tie should reach just above belt buckle
  • Keep cellphones turned off and out of sight
  • Carry a portfolio, professional bag, or simple purse
  • Socks same color as pants; Stockings natural color

Business Casual (Daily Work Attire)

Colors and Styles:

  • Nice pants/slacks
  • Dresses
  • No jeans, shorts, sundresses or athletic wear

Skirts and Dresses:

  • Should be knee length when standing and cover thighs while seated


  • Optional

Jackets and Shoes:

  • Blazers and cardigans with flats, boots, closed-toe shoes, or comfortable shoes for walking.


  • Tailored and fit properly (not too long or too short)
  • In good condition
  • Wrinkle and lint free

Hair and Facial Hair:

  • Well groomed; neatly trimmed

Nails and Makeup:

  • Natural in style

Jewelry and Fragrance:

  • Moderate jewelry
  • Avoid strong perfume or cologne


  • Neat and clean


  • Should match the color of your shoes and attire

Adapted from Stetson University’s Office of Career and Professional Development:

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