Wednesday, 23 March 2016

What to Wear to an Interview

what to wear to an interview

We would like to invite you for an interview. Congratulations! You have got through to the next stage of a job application process. After spending ages on polishing your CV and filling in a lengthy application form, you now have a chance to convince a hiring manager that you're the best person for the job.

It's not a secret that job interviews are nerve-racking. Some people will tell you that the more interviews you go to, the more experienced you will be. I, on the other hand, don't agree with this statement as after attending countless interviews, I'm still not sure what to expect. Some interviewers ask quite bizarre questions, some do most of the talking. 

The only thing I'm certain of is that an interview gives you an opportunity to make a good impression on your prospective employer. Therefore, what you wear on the day is really important. 

Although I'm not a fashion guru, I wanted to share with you some basic guidelines you should follow to prepare an interview outfit. Below I'm also showing you 3 looks that I opt for when I go to interviews. 

Interview is not a fashion show
Make sure your appearance isn't too distractive. Play it safe and avoid anything that is short, revealing, see-through or overly loud and edgy. Slip on dresses may be trendy this season but you should reserve them for a night out with the girls. 

Tailor your outfit to the job function and the company 
Do your homework and think about the position you're interviewing for. If you're applying for a job in the creative environment, you may be able to dress a little less conservatively than someone interviewing for a role in a more traditional industry. Having said that, I believe that when it comes to job interviews, it's always better to be overdressed than underdressed. Jeans are a big no in my opinion no matter how casual the work environment may be.

Pay attention to details 
It goes without saying that you should look presentable when you go for an interview. Make sure that your clothes fit you well, your shoes are polished and your hair is neat and combed. 

Keep make-up and jewellery to minimum
Make-up and/or jewellery is great for injecting a bit of personality to your outfit. However, it should be subtle so it doesn't distract your interviewer. 

Business look 

 business look for an interview
Dress - Next // Shirt - Next // Shoes - Deichmann 

This is a formal look I strive for when I interview for a job at a more traditional workplace. I'm not wearing a blazer in this photo but I usually throw it on top of the dress to look more polished. 

Business casual 

Business casual interview outfit
Shirt - Asos // Trousers - Next // Shoes - Office

You can never go wrong with a shirt and black trousers. I really like this ruffled version which is fun and chic at the same time.  

Creative environment 

A midi dress is a perfect interview choice
Dress - Next // Blazer - F&F // Shoes - Next 

I'm looking for a new role in PR/Communications and many companies that I interview at are quite relaxed when it comes to dress codes. That's when a midi dress like this makes a perfect choice for an interview outfit.

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