A job interview is an opportunity to promote yourself. You’re essentially trying to convince the interviewer that you’re the right person for the job by promoting your past work experiences, skills, and work ethic. In the words of Will Rogers, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” What you wear to a job interview can definitely make a difference. When I flew to LA, I had a few interviews already set up. I decided to wear a salmon colored chiffon blouse with a black pencil skirt from Express, and black leather wedges from Steve Madden.
Here are some tips on what to wear!
1. Be conservative.
First things first: when dressing for an interview, be smart and dress conservatively. Make sure you aren’t wearing anything inappropriate so you can be taken seriously. Leave the low cut tops or a mini skirt for a girls night out 😉
2. Keep it simple.
A job interview is not the place where you want to experiment with a new fashion trend. Make sure your sticking with classic pieces, and basic/natural colors. This doesn’t mean you have to be boring though! You can dress up your outfit with jewelry, shoes, or your purse. Also, make sure you hair and makeup is simple as well. For instance, for my job interviews I straightened my hair and wore neutral eye shadow, with a thin black liquid eyeliner on top, and a natural pink lipstick.
3. Don’t forget about the bag.
When going on a job interview, I would recommend bringing a printed copy of your resume, a reference sheet (just in case), and any past work that might be valuable as a portfolio. So it’s important to have a bag that can hold all your papers. For my interviews, I used this basic black tote from Nasty Gal.
4. Don’t be too formal…or too informal.
This one is tricky- because you don’t want to be too formal/overdressed, but yet you definitely don’t want to be under dressed. It really depends on what the job interview is for. For instance, if you’re interviewing at a lawyers office or a corporate setting, it’s better to be a little more formal. But many businesses nowadays are more casual in terms of what they wear to the office- so wearing a black blazer with a button up shirt and a black pencil skirt might look a little over the top. At the end of the day, just do your research on the company, and it’s better to appear too formal than overly casual.