Think of the best ensemble to wear to your next big job interview. If your first thoughts maybe pleated pants and dull-colored button downs? You’re doing it all wrong. Dressing for an interview doesn’t have to be boring, it’s your chance to show a possible employer your sophisticated style. Looking good and being well-qualified for a position will surely put you at the top of their list.
The first important thing to remember is dress to suit the “office style.” You don’t want to show up overly-dressed for an interview at a company whose sole purpose is to keep their customers comfortable and stylish, or be under dressed for a company who has a strict dress code. For example, for Abercrombie & Fitch, blue skinny jeans with a white, lace tank top and A&F flip flops would probably impress. Obviously, this isn’t something you would turn to if the job opening is at a law firm. If you have questions, it’s okay to ask. Calling ahead and asking for an office dress code isn’t breaking any unwritten rules.
Regardless of whether you’re searching for a job in a corporate setting or wanting to take the plunge as a sales associate at A&F, you want to try your best to stay on the conservative side. Save your Daisy Dukes and maxi skirts for your weekend outings with the girls, and resort to more stylish, conservative choices. In an office setting, skirts should be no higher than knee-length, and cleavage should not be seen. (It’s not what you emphasize, it’s how you emphasize). A classic look, such as a neutral pencil skirt paired with a pop-of-color button down will do the trick (don’t forget the accessories). Another must have item is a fitted blazer. Typically, a black blazer works best, because you can pair it with appropriate dresses and pants. Seriously, all women should own one.
As for you men, don’t think I forgot about you. I have a couple must-follows for you, as well. Be sure to groom, fellas. That’s trim your facial hair, get a haircut, trim your nails, and don’t wear too much cologne. If you think you should wear a tie, wear one, and if you do, make sure it matches your shirt. A solid color paired with a colored shirt, or a simple pattern if paired with a white shirt. Suits are always a good idea, but not completely necessary.
Though properly shined shoes are also important, nothing says, “I’m qualified” quite like a polished resume’ does. Bring all of that with a smile, and there is no way an employer could say no!