One question I get asked over and over is what to wear to a job interview for a corporate / professional setting. Since it is almost graduation season- and many young women are interviewing for their first professional / office job- now seemed like the perfect time to do a post with style tips for dressing for an interview.
What to Wear to a Professional Interview:
1. Suit Separates
This is pretty straight forward; for a professional interview wear a suit. Find a blazer that you love (these are my favorite affordable blazers) and then get and wear the matching skirt, dress, or pants (whichever you feel most comfortable in). An interview is not the time to be bold, fashion wise, so stick with black, navy or dark gray.
2. Functional Handbag
For an interview you want to be prepared for anything the day may bring at you. I always recommend having a second copy of your resume, a granola bar, gum, band-aids, safety pins (you never know!), a pair of flats if you are commuting or walking around a lot, and a bottle of water. To fit all of this stuff, you need a handbag that is actually functional – no cute little clutches! I highly recommend the York tote because it is spacious, has a laptop compartment with a zip top, (perfect to throw a resume in to keep it safe), and it is simple & classic in it’s look.
3. Comfortable Heels
I cannot emphasis enough the importance of comfortable heels. Not only will you be happy and more comfortable but it sends a message that you prioritize functionality such that your ‘style’ will not detract from the work your future employer needs you to do. As pretty as stilettos are, they don’t exude practicality and the ability to run around and get your job done. If you haven’t read my guide to the best heels for work be sure to check that out. Last thing- I recommend a pointed toe over a round toe as it gives off an older, more professional vibe.
4. A Watch
So many of us rely on our cell phones now (.. I am so guilty of that) but for an interview, it looks professional to have a watch on. Plus, if you’re phone dies while you’re on route to your interview (or interviews) you’re covered.
5. Simple Jewelry
Some people will even advise that you should wear no jewelry to an interview. I think that is an outdated recommendation, and that in today’s job market it is more than acceptable to wear some simple jewelry – just don’t go over board. I would recommend a simple pendant necklace or a bracelet.
Let me know if you have any questions! If you are interviewing for a job this season, good luck!!! I am sending you postive vibes through the interwebs 🙂
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