Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Dress for Success: Interviews

 Interviews are stressful enough, not to mention what to wear to interviews is even more stressful! As a graduating senior, I have interviewing on the mind. Above is a Polyvore example of what to wear on an interview. I tend to stick to black and white, but will add some color from time to time. 

Also, how you dress depends on which field you are going into. Since I am in PR, I like to dress very business-y and professional but also like to show that I have a sense of style. Personally, I think the most important part of interview clothing is how you feel. If you feel great, then chances are, you are going to perform well! 

This is the time when you want to make friends with a great tailor. That way, you can buy something that might not necessarily look perfect on you in the dressing room, but your tailor can turn it into something that works for your body.

I think that every college-aged woman should own at least one suit in black, navy, and/or dark charcoal. Even my freshman year, I took a public speaking course where we were required to dress professionally. Owning that suit will also make you feel ahead of the game when all of your peers are scrambling to find a perfect fit.

What do you think is the most important part of dressing for success? What do you wear to interviews? Have a fabulous day!


Jamie said...

Having a good fitting, professional outfit is essential for interviews!

JR Mazur said...

a pencil skirt in black, navy or charcoal and a well fitted oxford and pearls. can't go wrong.

Grace said...

Great tips! I actually had my first job interview for Coldstone Creamery on Monday, was told to dress comfortably, and wore jeans, a striped tee and Sperry's and got the job!

Christy said...

As an asst to our hiring manager, I will tell you that she relies on my impression of her candidates when making a decision. I will give my top three rules to success:
1. Use high quality, cotton paper for your resume and never, never fold it. You'd think this was a given, but I have actually received resumes on notebook paper.
2. Wear color. Everyone wears black/navy/charcoal for interviews and you all blend together! If you wear a dark suit, then wear a bright green/ bright blue blouse with it, or something of that nature. Make an impression! Stay away from pinks, purples and reds.
3. As a female, always always always wear slacks to an interview. Many people say it's ok to wear a skirt, and by the rules, it may be. But male interviewers will be distracted, and women might be jealous. If you think it's an asset for an interview with a man, then really, do you *want* to work in that environment? Probably not. If you're hired, then wear skirts if work policy allows you to and you so desire.


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