Dress to Impress , What to Wear to Interviews: An Expert Guide
The right outfit will boost your confidence in interviews and a confident you is likely to ace that interview.
So you recently applied for your dream job and have just received a response inviting you to attend an interview. While you’re over the moon at the opportunity, you are probably stressing out about what you should wear. Picking an interview look that’s both smart and stylish is no easy task.
The good news is, however, that looking both chic and smart is much easier than you would think. The most important thing is to understand why you need to look good for interviews, and no, it’s not just to impress your potential employer. The truth is, if you want to do well at your interview, you need to feel confident. You may not realize it, but how confident you feel, shows. That’s why it’s so important to get your interview outfit spot on.
For everything that you need to know about dressing to impress for interviews, keep reading.
Six Outfit Rules for Interviews
You can’t go wrong with monochrome
While you might love wearing colored outfits, your potential boss may not be a fan. When it comes to dressing for interviews, it’s always best to opt for a monochrome look. Monochrome – black and white, looks smart and chic, so it perfect for wearing to an interview.
Opting for an outfit that’s mainly black, might seem boring, but that doesn’t have to be the case. With a few well thought out accessories, you can easily add a little extra style and color to your look.
Be choosy about accessories
When your interviewer sees you for the first time, you want to give the impression of being stylish and professional. This means that when it comes to accessories, you need to be choosy about what you wear. Save the bold statement pieces for nights out with the girls. Instead, opt for items that are subtle and elegant.
For interview accessories, focus on shoes, jewelry, and bags. For an interview, you don’t need any more accessories than these, else you could end up looking a little too dressed up. Your shoes should not only be simple and elegant, but they also need to be clean and easy to walk in. If you can’t walk in heels, don’t wear them.
For your jewelry, aim to keep it as minimal as possible. Ideally no more than a pair of earrings, a necklace, and bracelet. Oh, and don’t forget to wear a watch. This will not only add style but will also make you look more professional. There are plenty of beautiful watches for women online, so if you don’t already have one, you should be able to find a design that’s perfect.
Finally, for your bag, a briefcase is the best option. Opt for a neutral design that’s chic and smart, and you can give your look an extra boost of professionalism.
Remember, comfort is key
Style is important, but so is comfort. The chances are that you’ll be super nervous as it is, so the last thing you’ll want is an uncomfortable outfit to wear. That’s why it’s important to ensure that whatever you opt to wear, is as comfortable as it is stylish.
If you’re going to go out and buy a new outfit, make sure to test drive your look a few days before your interview. While the outfit might seem comfortable in the shop, that doesn’t mean that it will be comfortable when you’re actually wearing it. That’s why it’s so important to have a test drive a couple of days before your interview, to ensure that the outfit is as comfortable as possible.
Getting your interview look right might be a struggle, but it’s not as hard as you think. Take note of the tips above, and you can ensure that your outfit doesn’t just wow your interviewer.
Go easy on the makeup
You want to pass across a look that’s professional and chic and you can only achieve this by wearing minimal or the right makeup.
Wearing too much makeup to the interview might pass across the wrong message and you don’t want that.
If you’re confused at to which makeup blend is considered professional and the right mix, a few YouTube videos on professional/corporate makeup will clear the air.
Ditch Skimpy Wears
Again, a skirt or dress that’s several inches above your knees might flatter your curves, but it might be considered inappropriate for the occasion and could cost you the position.
Instead, opt for one that is equally flattering on you, but isn’t too smug-fitting and is the right length.
Avoid very flashy colours
That bright purple suit might compliment your skin tone, but you want to go with a colour that isn’t considered too ‘loud’ for interviews.
Remember, you want to pass across the message you are professional and the right fit for the job and a major part of doing so is creating a strong, professional image.