What to Wear to an Interview
Landing a new job can be really tough. First, you have to find the right job to apply to. Make sure you meet all the requirements, are capable of the job, and of course, actually want it. Then, you have to interview. This is the part that makes most people nervous.
I’m here to tell you that as long as you prepare ahead of time, practice, and wear an appropriate outfit, I can almost guarantee you will rock the interview. Today’s post is focused on that last point: what to wear to an interview.
Choosing the right outfit can boost your confidence more than you might realize. It’s important to look your best, feel your best, feel comfortable, and feel confident. Here are some of my most important tips:
1. Know the dress code
If you are interviewing for an accounting or financial firm, chances are you will want to dress business professional. Think a suit jacket with matching pants or skirt, and a nice button-up shirt underneath. If you are interviewing for a software company or an advertising agency, you can likely go for something that’s more on the business casual side. Something like a dress with a fun necklace or a nice blouse tucked into dress pants with a belt would likely work. If you don’t know what the dress policy is, just ask the HR department!
2. Don’t go too dark
It can be so easy to want to wear all black to an interview but don’t be afraid to wear a pop of color. It can be the shirt you are wearing underneath your blazer, the blazer itself, your necklace – just something that makes you stand out a little bit.
3. Wear the right accessories
Speaking of necklaces – be sure to wear appropriate accessories. For example, big gold hoops are definitely not an appropriate accessory to wear to a corporate interview. Stick to studs, and if you want to do a fun necklace, go for it.
4. Keep the hair makeup simple
You want to look put together from head to toe, so don’t forget about your hair and makeup. Wear your hair however you are most comfortable with it. If you prefer to wear it down and straight, then wear it down and straight. Don’t try to curl it for the first time that morning if you don’t normally wear your hair curly. With makeup, don’t go too over the top. Keep your face clean, wear a little bit of tinted moisturizer, add some mascara, and don’t be afraid to wear a nice shade of lipstick.
5. Wear a smile
Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to smile! This is one of the most important things you would wear on the day of your interview. You might be surprised to find out how many people forget to smile because they are nervous. Let your personality shine through.
Some of my favorite stores to shop for work clothes include Ann Taylor, Loft, Nordstrom, J. Crew, and Banana Republic. I never pay full price – always wait until they have a sale, or check out the clearance rack.
If you’re applying for a job, best of luck!