What To Wear During Interviews? Here’s Our Essential Checklist
You’ve done your research, applied for the job and now you have an interview. Congratulations! But, what are you going to wear? Of course, you are smart, professional and skilled for the job, but it has become more human to perceive a person by what they are wearing. You’ve scored your dream employer, now it is time to come face to face with potential colleagues who want to take you seriously.
Interviewing is different now than it has been in the past. You are no longer required to be in a full tailored suit if interviewing for a position in the creative field. Nonetheless, your wardrobe tells a story. Its obvious on paper you can do the job, but how you dress and present yourself can say a great deal about your character, confidence and work ethic.
Looking the part can be costly if your closet isn’t equipped with essentials to turn your next interview into an offer. Essentials are timeless pieces that can be paired with almost anything in your closet.
Before choosing your interview outfit, take some time to consider must-have interview wardrobe essentials. Your interview is the time to shine in front of hiring managers that you are perfect for the role. With the right approach you maintain proper appearance and ensure your abilities speak louder than your fashion choices.
Here are a few interview dress tips for anyone who wants to land a good job and make the right organization fit:
A Classic Blazer
The most important essential you can own. A blazer is unique in its way to transition any look from day to night. Opt for two in colors of navy and black that can be paired with printed tops, trousers and skirts. Blazers are also a good way to spice up a boring dress work dress.
A Button-down shirt
A button-down shirt is an item that is frequently worn during interviews and once you land the role. Spending a bit more for better quality is highly recommend. When attending an interview a white or blue button down is viewed as “you mean business”. Add personality with a tie or necklace that pop nice off the muted hues.
Certain jewelry pieces elevate your look. Find the right pieces that speak to your personality. Whether it is delicate gold/silver pieces, diamonds, pearls or a statement necklace, be it an item that can be easily incorporated into your work wardrobe once you land the role.
Tie and pantyhose
Although these more conservative items are not the norm in every workplace, consider where you are interviewing before deciding on either accessory.
Functional Shoes and Accessories
You may think that your shoes and handbag do not mean much with your potential employer but they do. Carrying an old handbag or wearing busted shoes will put a damper on your professional look and confidence. Instead, opt for a pair of dress heels that are comfortable to walk in with appropriate heel height for the office. When looking for the perfect interview bag, consider what you will carry. A structured tote, a roomy messenger or an all-in-one briefcase in a neutral color can ensure you’ve got space for everything you need the day of the interview.
This guest post was authored by Nikki Woolfolk
Nikki Woolfolk is an Atlanta-based personal stylist to professionals for Label Content. She is known for taking professionals in search of an image reboot and transforming them to come off as successful. Nikki offers a free eCourse ‘How to Build Your Wardrobe Without Killing Yout Wallet.’
Through education and hands-on experience, Nikki takes her knowledge of fashion and delivers it to professional women. She will help you solve your fashion dilemmas, teach you how to shop on your own and help you radiate confidence through your wardrobe.