Dress to Get the Job – Interview Outfit Tips
Ever wonder how to Dress to Get the Job – Interview Outfit Tips. Corporate environments are leaning more and more toward casual dress codes but don’t get too excited! An interview is still an interview. This means it is still your job to bring your A-game. An interview is your first opportunity to show your potential employer what you’d wear to a business meeting. This is your chance to show them that you understand the importance of a professional presentation. So no matter if you’re interviewing for a position as a Barista at Starbucks or VP in a Wall Street office, dressing professional to an interview is a good idea.
The general verdict is that we should be professional but not boring, stand out but don’t make too much of statement, dress authoritatively, yet still modest. It can be a tricky balancing act! Of course you can show up in a traditional black and white suit-set and play it safe but we’re here to give you some options. Here are a couple do and don’ts.
DON’T Wear Overbearing Prints
If the only traditional oxford blouse you have in your closet is that graphic cow print one, not only should you NOT wear it to an interview, you should probably burn it. Incorporating prints into your outfit is an excellent way to stand out, but placement and modesty is essential! Incorporating a small graphic into your blouse or scarf is a great way to do this, and it is perfectly acceptable to play with colors with prints. Subtle prints are generally inoffensive when it comes to blouses. If you absolutely must wear your large graphic blouse, tone it down with a solid-colored blazer or sweater.
DO add a pop of color
Speaking from a traditional sense, there are some colors that have been blacklisted for interviews. Black, white, gray and navy are easy to gravitate toward when selecting your interview outfit. But traditional doesn’t have to mean humdrum. By introducing a pop of color into a micro printed blouse or your accessories, you can make a lasting impression on your interviewer.
DON’T wear stilettos or ballerina flats
Why you ask? You don’t want to add anxiety to an already nerve wrecking experience. Stilettos are generally uncomfortable. They also have the potential send a sensual message rather than a professional one. Conversely, ballerina flats can put you in a juvenile category that doesn’t read very executive. The healthy medium is a comfort heel of your choice. Chunky heels and practical pumps are great for interviews. If are not a heel girl, fear not! Flats are acceptable. Just make sure they are fresh and tailored for work. Closed toed shoes are also advised for interviews.
DON’T wear anything clingy or too form fitting
Pencil skirts are great interviews, but that bodycon one you wore to the club may not work for an interview. Make sure your skirt reaches your knees, and don’t make the mistake of confusing leggings for pants. This is one of those times in life where these small details matter. You don’t want to risk coming across as inappropriate to your potential employer.
Don’t wear distracting jewelry pieces
There are some people that will tell you not to wear jewelry to an interview at all, but if you’re anything like us, you feel naked without your earrings. When wearing jewelry to an interview, make sure your trinkets are understated. Opt for minimalistic studs instead of hoops, a watch instead of bangles, and light weight necklaces when making your jewelry pick. A good way to tell if you’ve made the right choice in jewelry is to do a shake test. Shake around a bit; if your jewelry clanks and makes noise, you may be entering the danger zone.
Written by Elaine Helmig, Co-Founder of Jinja Jewelry
Elaine has traveled far from her beginnings in the aviation industry with a background in engineering. Her eye for beauty and natural symmetry led her to partner with artist Australian Joy Daniels. The two of them have joined forces to build a Jinja Team with a creative flair for beautiful fashion jewelry. The results have been truly extraordinary as the handmade jewelry has found a following with an international clientele as diverse as the jewelry itself. Jinja Jewelry is slowly becoming a fashion statement and is treasured for its simply beautiful coral and elegant silver designs.
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