Being a fashion major, I get asked a lot of clothing questions. What to wear to this event, is white allowed after labor day and is it okay to wear black and brown together? While all of these are good questions, the one I get the most is what should I wear to an interview. For starters there is no exact answer to this question. But, there are guidelines to follow that will make picking the perfect interview outfit simple and stress free.
1. Know the company you are applying for. If it's an office job stick to basics, black pants, button downs and plain flats. If the company has a little more flare you can have a little more fun but, still stick with classic shapes and simple prints.
2. Remember that you would rather be overdressed then under. It doesn't matter if you're applying for McDonalds or your dream job, you always want to come off as professional as possible.
3. Your heels should be no higher than three inches. I love five inch platforms just as much as the next girl, but the work place is not the place to show off your new Steve Maddens.
4. Skirts should come to an inch or two above the knees, no shorter. Make sure to always wear tights, an interview is not the place to show off your fab tan legs. Keep it modest and appropriate.
5. You can never go wrong with a blazer. They instantly class up an outfit and pull it all together. Black, grey and navy are always good to have on hand to go with everything.
6. Speaking of colors, you can never go wrong with black. It's slimming, professional and chic.
Now I know these bulletin points sound boring, and they are, but interviews are not for showing off your best outfits. If you want to add some personalty to an outfit, try a statement necklace, some bangles or a fun purse. If you're thinking of adding a pop of color, do so in a blouse underneath a neutral color blazer or in some cute flats.
Also remember different jobs have different guidelines. Places like clothing stores like when you wear their brands to the interview to see how you'd style their clothing. More "fashiony" places like magazines want to see your personal style so accessorizes and funky pieces are allowed.
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I know this is a long post with a lot of information, but practice makes perfect. Try picking your outfit out a day or two in advanced and ask for a friend's opinion. Stick to simple pieces that are timeless instead of trendy and always remember less is more. The key to your interview outfit is confidence! Always make sure to keep your head high and your smile big.