New year, new you right? One of the many new year resolutions that people make is to obtain a new job or get that much wanted promotion or raise. Once you get your foot through the door whether it’s an interview for a whole new job or a new position, you need to dress to impress. You wouldn’t think of going to a corporate job interview in jeans would you? This is the time then to go through your interview outfits and revamp it for a modern appeal.
A golden rule of the workplace interviews is to always dress one level up from the position you are applying for. Not sure what that means? If the place you’re interview for has a casual environment, then you should dress for the interview in business casual clothing and so on and so forth. Thankfully though, times have changed and women no longer have to wear boring black or navy blue suits with below the knee skirts and sensible pumps to an interview. Not only have the rules relaxed a bit, they’ve given way to expressing your personality and style through your clothes. That doesn’t mean to go overboard though! You’re still trying to get a job, not scare your employer. Common sense still rules when dressing for an interview and not everyone is open to every style out there.
When in doubt as to what to wear, check out the company’s website, visit the place of employment during the week (not on a Friday though since they may have a relaxed policy on Fridays) or just ask to get an idea of what to wear for the interview. With that in mind here’s what you should consider when going to your next job interview.
For a business professional interview:
If the company you’re applying follows a formal dress code like a law firm, corporation or bank, the key is to mimic the environment you’ll be working in with structured pieces. Tailored suits and suit separates are your go to outfits here. Most often then not, basic white oxford dress button is your go to top since it places the focus on your face but depending on the business you can add some color here. Just keep it muted and not over the top. For footwear stick to close toed, sleek, mid-height heels (kitten heels) in a neutral tone that aren’t distracting. keep your accessories simple with stud earrings, a statement necklace and an elegant watch. Keep all the flashy stuff for the weekends. When it comes to handbags, skip the flimsy bag (too casual) and the briefcase (outdated). Instead opt for a sturdy bag with top handles that’s just big enough to carry any necessary paperwork you need to take with you for the interview.
For a business casual interview:
If the company you’re applying for has more of a laid back attitude when it comes to their dress code (like a school or an insurance company), you still need to look professional. This isn’t the time to wear jeans. For a professional appearance choose a printed top, cardigan or blazer, and colored trousers. Just keep the colors uniform and not overtly obnoxious. Another option is to wear a blouse, midi skirt (that’s not too tight) and ankle booties.
For a fashion forward interview:
Are you applying to a place where it’s all about creativity? This is the time to show off how fashion forward you are…within reason. Mixing prints is an ok, since it shows off your creativity and personality. A blouse with pants in bold prints and trend setting textures is allowable as well as bold prints. You can even wear a jumpsuit with a blazer layer over or a flowing tunic over wide legged trousers. When it comes to accessories, don’t be shy but don’t go overboard. Make a statement with a boldly printed sturdy bag for example.
For a technological interview:
More often than not you won’t be dealing with people face to face on a daily basis if you get the job, but that doesn’t mean you still can slack off during the interview. Trim trousers paired with a sweater top (which can be layered over an oxford if you like for that perfectly preppy look), trend setting flats, and a sturdy backpack is an ideal interview outfit. Add some personality to your outfit by wearing a colored or printed trench coat over your outfit.
Remember less is more when it comes to makeup for an interview. By keeping everything simple and elegant looking, its easier to complement your outfit. Keep your nails painted in neutral tones like Zoya Naturel Transitional Collection and well manicured. For your makeup, go with a neutral or natural palette with pink or nude shades like Urban Decay Naked2 Palette for eyes, Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Naked Rose for cheeks and Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs Lipstick for lips. If you choose to wear perfume, choose a light, barely there fragrance like Miss Dior by Christian Dior or DKNY Be Delicious that isn’t heavy or obnoxious.
Now that you have the rules of dressing for an interview, the rest is up to you! Above all you need to exude confidence in yourself and with the right clothing you’ll be a shoo-in to get the job of your dreams! For outfit ideas just click through the slideshow.