Q. I just graduated from college and am going for my first round of job interviews. My parents want me to buy a serious suit and blouse to wear to those meetings. I think that's really dated and want to wear a pair of smart pants and a neat sweater or jacket. They claim they know more because they work in offices. I think I know more about what young women are wearing to interviews. What do you say?
Ans. Either choice is still appropriate but why not look at pantsuits? Several important women, such as Hilary Clinton and even Laura Bush are wearing them and they look plenty serious. As long as you are neat and clean, you will be fine. Clothes help make the right impression, but the final decision is based on how well informed you are about the company and how well your education, skills and experience fit its corporate culture.