Happy Thursday, friends! This post is all about what to wear to a job interview. With graduation season approaching soon, now is the perfect time to begin working on your interview wardrobe.
When dressing for a job interview, I like to keep the following Coco Chanel quote in mind, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
How to Dress for a Job Interview
While what you wear to an interview is going to vary significantly by your profession and the specific role you are interviewing for. However, there are always a few tried and true basic rules that you can stick to. You will shine at an interview when you wear something well-tailored, modest, and elegant.
When the interviewer first lays eyes on you, that is your first impression. You want their first impression to be that you are well put-together, modest, and tidy. Ultimately, how you look will reflect on the company’s image if they hire you. Therefore, you want that first impression to always be that you have your stuff together.
What I Like to Wear
Blazer // My favorite thing to wear to an interview is a killer blazer. They automatically up the ante and show that you are someone who means business. In the fall and winter, I love to pair a blazer with a thin turtleneck. Only showing skin on your face gives a very powerful, put-together effect, HBIC effect.
No Blazer // If you know the workplace is casual or you just don’t want to invest in a blazer, try wearing a shirt with a neutral print. This will add just enough to your outfit so that it doesn’t look like your outfit is missing something. This will also prevent you from coming off as too casual.
Jewelry // While you want to avoid flashy jewelry, I think jewelry is the perfect finishing touch that will make your outfit look intentional and put together. I always recommend pearl stud earrings, as they give a subtle polished effect. Avoid anything eye-catching like a diamond or any other light-reflecting gemstone.
Shoes // I pretty much always wear heels to work, I always wear heels to a job interview. If you aren’t comfortable in heels, SKIP THEM. I always wear a low block heel or low pump and pretty much live in heels, so walking in them is second nature to me. You want to be prepared to walk and don’t want to get stuck wobbling all over the place or in terrible pain because you thought you would be spending most of the time sitting down. I once had an interviewer take me on a tour of the campus I was interviewed on. We walked almost 5,000 steps and I had blisters for a WEEK afterward even though I was used to wearing heels all the time. I think I hid the pain well, but I don’t wish that on anyone, lol!
I have put together 11 job interview outfits that are perfect for a variety of fields! There is something here for anything you might be interviewing for, whether that be a business formal office setting or an internship at a more fashion brand. I actually wore one of these exact outfits for my interview at my current job! If you can guess which one, I’ll send you a Starbucks gift card!