The guide also counsels applicants on how to look the part when you show up for an HBS admissions interview. “The interview guide goes into things that people might never have thought before and sometimes it states the obvious,” says Mohamed. “There are some basics: Comb your hair, brush your teeth, and clip your nails. It is because people can use the advice as a check mark as they prepare for their interview.”
For women, The Harbus advises, a suit color and style that is simple and classic.
Skirt lengths need to be at least knee length. Make sure tops fit appropriately. When in doubt, choose a conservative cut.
Wear closed toed pumps with a heel height of one to three inches.
Hair and make-up should be natural and clean. That means avoiding the colorful, vibrant palette and opting for neutral subtle tones. Keep hair out of your face and do not play with it during interviews. Your best option is to pull your hair out of your face to avoid it becoming a distraction.
Do not wear perfume or any other strong fragrance. Do wear deodorant.
Mints are helpful but make sure it’s dissolved before you start the interview. Gum is not acceptable.
Handbags should be left at home unless they could theoretically fit a legal pad and laptop, opt for a large structured tote.
Choose jewelry/accessories that complement your outfit, not flashy baubles that distract. Pearls are fail-safe, though if you’d like to express your sense of style, that’s fine, just keep it classic and simple.
Keep your look clean and professional.
GUYS SHOULD ONLY WEAR BLACK, GREY OR NAVY BLUE
You may choose plain or (sensible) pin-stripes. Reserved sport coat also works, though a good suit is fail-safe.
Black does not go with brown. A black suit requires a black belt, shoes, socks. Navy pairs best with brown accessories.
Shirt/tie color should not be distracting.
Make sure the suit fits properly. Ask a tailor (or you mom).
Do not wear cologne or anything else that has a strong smell. Do wear deodorant.