Congratulations, you have landed a job interview! You have your CV and cover letter updated, you have questions prepared, and the only thing left is to decide what to wear. It’s very important that you get your interview attire right, as you only have one chance to make a first good impression.
Make no mistake; you’re being judged as soon as you walk into the room. It may not be fair, but it’s a reality - the interviewer will make an initial impression of you the first few seconds they see you based on how you look. It’s crucial that you make an effort and dress appropriately to show the interviewer that you’re taking the opportunity seriously and that you’ve made an effort. There really is no excuse for not dressing appropriately for a job interview.
Here are some interview attire outfit ideas to help you nail your interview attire (the rest is up to you!):
What to wear for an Interview
What to Wear for an Interview at a Conservative Company
Our recommendation for your interview outfit here would be to choose a two-piece suit in either black or navy blue. Wear a light colored blouse or shirt underneath. If you feel the look is too hard, soften it with a blouse and a few accessories.
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What to Wear for an Interview at a Casual Company
If the company, or industry, is known for its casual work environment, you might want to consider to dress down your look slightly without looking shabby. Here we would recommend for your interview outfit to wear pants paired with a tailored shirt or blouse, and add a cardigan or a blazer. The key to remember here is “three-pieces”; you can remove the blazer, or cardigan if it doesn’t fit the work/interview environment. Remember that it’s always better to arrive slightly overdressed than underdressed.
What to Wear for an Interview at a Fashion Related Company
At this point, if you are applying for a position at a fashion company, it's because you don't need to read this. At least you shouldn't. But in case you want some advice, here it goes. You need to bet higher in this case. You should go for bold colors, or patterns. Something that makes a statement. Other options, if you don't want to take the risk, would be going for an ankle-length pantsuit or a wide-leg pantsuit.
Other things to consider for your Interview Outfits
A Tailored Shirt is an Interview Must
A white or light colored tailored shirt is a necessary piece for your interview outfit. Check out our business dress shirts inspiration or design yours from scratch.
Pant Suit vs. Skirt Suit in an Interview
This is a bit of a tricky one. The most conservative answer here is a skirt suit, however, take care that it’s not too short. A vent in the skirt that seems acceptable when standing up, might reach mid-thigh when sitting down (big no-no). Always do an “interview mirror check” before wearing a skirt to an interview: put a chair in the front of a full-length mirror and sit down in front of it, make sure everything looks appropriate. Having said all of this, pant suits are becoming more and more common in today’s workplaces so I’d check the company culture (and see what the other women are wearing) before deciding.
Devil is in the details (especially regarding interview attire):
- Carry either a purse or briefcase - not both
- Groomed hair that is worn away from the face
- Manicured (clean!) nails with a neutral polish
- Clean your shoes!
Dont’s for an Interview:
- Ladies, don’t wear skirts that are too short or tight. If you feel like you have to keep pulling down your skirt, it’s too short! You also don’t want to show too much cleavage. Remember, this is a job interview.
- Don’t wear too much makeup or perfume
- Dry your hair! Don’t show up with wet hair to an interview
- Steer clear from strapless, spaghetti straps and well-worn T-shirts under the suit jacket.
- Turn off your cellphone and other devices
Don’t forget that one of the most important things (besides a kick-ass tailored suit) to bring with you to an interview is confidence. What you wear and how you wear it will help convey your message. Good Luck and if you need any more help with your Interview Outfit, just let us know!!
Bonus: Common nonverbal mistakes to avoid during job interviews.