Style Seminar: How to Dress for a Job Interview

If you are looking for a job or know someone who is looking – please read this post. I realized how important this post was based off of my recent experience interviewing potential assistants and interns. It seems like somewhere down the line the lesson on how to properly present yourself has been lost. It’s sad to me because so many eager and talented people are being passed up for life changing jobs because of the way they dress. You know the saying “it’s what’s on the inside that counts?” Well that saying doesn’t apply here. Non-verbal communication is 7 times more effective than verbal communication, which means your book is being judged by it’s cover. Truth.

I’ve seen some of the most careless and sloppy ensembles walk through my office door. One that comes to mind is a young lady who wore cut-off shorts and a tee shirt to interview with me. Seriously, I couldn’t even look at her. I was so shocked that no one told this girl how to dress for an interview.

Because this is a fashion blog I won’t even go into the other interview errors I have encountered but I will tell you how to dress …

How to Dress for a Creative Job Interview:

– Dress professionally but with a casual twist. Make sure the overall tone of the outfit is professional. Wear a nice blouse and blazer- can’t go wrong with that.

– Jeans are okay ONLY if they are a uniform dark wash and have a modern fit (trouser or skinny). No rolled up jeans, no holes, to whiskering, no embellishment … Get it?

– Wear one conversation starter – a statement necklace, a great ring, or an oversized watch. This shows your creativity without being distracting

– Be well-heeled. Wear your best shoes. Make sure they are closed toe and easy to walk in.

How to Dress for a Corporate Job Interview:

– You can never be overdressed when it comes to a corporate job interview. Dress your best, it will show that you care about the job.

– Suit up. You can modernize a skirt suit or a pant suit with a great blouse and accessories. Every girl should have at least one suit in her closet.

– A corporate job interview isn’t the time to show “your sexy” – so cover up, please. Skirts and dresses should be knee length and cleavage should be hidden.


One thought on “Style Seminar: How to Dress for a Job Interview”

  1. I’d like to point out that if there are typos on your resume, chances are you won’t even have the opportunity to dress flawlessly for an interview. Without even trying I saw two errors in this article. Not trying to be too particular, but dressing the part and being able to back it up with your skills and knowledge are both very important. “…7 times for (more) effective…” “isn’t the time to show your (you’re) sexy…”

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