Work It Wednesday: How to Dress for An Interview

If you recently landed an interview, congratulations! Take a moment to celebrate yourself, because this is one tough job market!

 

Now it’s time to dig deep in your closet or head to the store and prepare for your first impression meeting.

 

Think of your interview like a first date. You always want to make a good impression and dress to impress.

 

And ask yourself two key questions while preparing for your first date with your new job:

 

1.    Where are you taking me?

 

If you were going on a first date, you might want to have a hint as to where your suitor is taking you so that you know what type of attire to wear.

 

Same concept when it comes to work. Do a little research on dress attire at the office you will be interviewing at. Are they business casual, creative, laid back?

 

You will want to know this when deciding what to wear. You will want to leave the impression that you would be a great fit with their existing work culture.

 

2.   What type of activity will I be doing?

 

By this I mean- Does your new job require you to be on your feet? Is it an office 9-5pm position, or will you be traveling often? What type of clients will you be meeting with? Will this position require you to look suited up at all times?

 

 

 

Knowing the answers to these questions will be a helpful guide in your selection. 

 

 

 

What not to wear for a first interview?


 

1.    Unless you are interviewing as a makeup artist, stay away from the heavy makeup or bright lipstick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful but not for the interview. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Don’t wear jeans. Even if the position is a more casual environment, opt for a business casual look. No jeans!

3.  No open toe shoes. Don’t ask me why, general rule of thumb, no toe cleavage on a first interview.

4.    No excess or heavy jewelry. Keep it simple; keep it classy- this is your first impression. Too much jewelry can be distracting.

Don't be a girl rapper during your professional interview… unless your interviewing as a girl rapper. Than you're ok!

Don't be a girl rapper during your professional interview… unless your interviewing as a girl rapper. Than you're ok!

 

Good luck on your interview. Here are a few of my favorite picks: