Dressing for the Job: Interviews

Soon-to-be college seniors, recent grads, and unemployed twenty-somethings are all hoping for the same thing: To be asked for an interview! It’s not an offer just yet, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. It’s no secret that the impression you make at an interview will help (or hurt) your chances of getting hired. It’s also no surprise that your closet full of yoga pants, sweats, and T’s aren’t going to be helpful in the professional world. If you’re like me, you’ve slowly been adding items to the “professional section” of your closet. I’ve told you before, there are ways to look professional on an amateur’s budget. But what about that first interview? What are you supposed to wear to win this company over? Before running to the mall and spending a fortune on a standard “interview suit,” here are a few things to consider:

The industry. Is this position in finance? Education? Fashion? You’ll dress differently for interviews in all of these industries. Asking friends what they wore who aren’t in your industry isn’t really going to help. What type of image does the company portray? Try your best to mimic it.

Personality vs Individuality. I’m sure some might disagree, but I believe that an interview is not the place to express all of your individuality. Sure, you want to be personable. But in terms of attire, job interviews are the time and place to fit in. You want to work there, don’t you? If you have an eccentric style, I’d suggest toning it down a bit. There are still plenty of cute ways to personalize your look with a few accessories, a tie, or even a bag.

Overdress. When in doubt, dress it up. Just like any occasion, it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. If anything, the interviewers will know that you’re serious about wanting this position.

My personal favorite? The classic skirt suit. It’s more feminine than a pants set, and it’s very professional. The one pictured right is from Ann Taylor.

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