What To Wear To A Job Interview
BettyConfidential’s no-fail guide to getting hired, or at least making a great first impression.
Ah, the job interview. – It’s a nerve-wrackingly small amount of time in where convey your competence, experience, and personality to potential employers. With unemployment still at a staggering high, the competition for employers’ attention is fierce. What’s the quickest way to make a great impression? Walk in looking perfectly polished, confident, and stylish – back that up with your killer resume and the job is practically in the bag. Here are 5 tips (and 10 pieces) to see you through a whole string of interviews, from an art gallery in Chelsea to a corner office at the firm.
1. Cover your basics.
If there is one item every woman should own, it’s a black pencil skirt. Sure, pant suits come in and out of vogue, and there are plenty of cute prints out there, but a black pencil skirt is eternally stylish, figure flattering, and can be paired with anything from a sequin top to a button down and blazer depending on what kind of job you’re applying for. Invest a little in this key piece and have it tailored – it will add that little je ne sais quois of perfection, and you’ll wear it again and again.
Newport News pencil skirt ($49, newport-news.com)
Moschino C&C black pencil skirt ($215, stylebop.com)
2. Tailor your image.
Think about the company and position you are applying for, and dress the part. A financial office with a daily business dress code would surely expect you to come to the interview appropriately attired in a suit. A fashion magazine or an art gallery, which typically have a dress code of whatever-is-in-right-now, wouldn’t even give an applicant in a boring old suit a second glance, much less a job. At either extreme, or in the middle, inject a bit of your own personal style. Pull on a crisp blazer in a longer, trendy length with your pencil skirt for a suit look. Or pair a sequin cami and your skirt for a more relaxed, fashion-forward interview. Remember to tuck the cami into your skirt.
Rebecca Taylor twisted top ($74.25, planetblue.com)
Boden Boyfriend blazer ($168, Bodenusa.com)