Non-Profit, Government, Education, Media and Design

Business Casual: A suit is not necessary, but it is still important to look polished and professional. Keep in mind whether your chosen industry is more conservative (government) or fashion-forward (design) and dress accordingly.


  • A collared shirt or nice blouse. Avoid low necklines and sheer fabrics.
  • Tailored slacks or khakis. Make sure they fit well and are wrinkle-free.
  • If wearing a tie, the tip should touch the top of your belt.
  • Belts should match shoe color.
  • Dresses and skirts should be at or just above the knee. 
  • Add a sport coat, jacket or cardigan to boost professionalism. It does not have to be a suit set. 
  • If interviewing for a creative position, use color and prints to express yourself! Just be careful they are not too distracting to the interviewer.
  • Dress shoes, low heels or flats should be polished.  Socks should match pant color. 

Overall appearance:

  • Facial hair should be clean shaven or neatly trimmed.
  • Hair should be neatly combed and out of your face.
  • Make-up should be subtle. 
  • Avoid strong perfumes or cologne.
  • Nails should be clean and neat.

What to Wear to a Nonprofit Job Interview