Dressing the Part

18 Jan

No one likes the idea of facing a firing squad of questions about your biggest strengths and weaknesses, your preferred work environment and where you see yourself in five years. While we may not specialize in helping you craft a five year plan, we are here to help you look the part. When you go in for a job interview, you want to look like you take the job opportunity seriously, respect the organization you are interviewing with and are one confident, sophisticated and savvy gal.

When dressing for an interview consider the organization you are interviewing – i’s always better to be overdressed than under-dressed in my book – and try to stick to these simple rules if the interview is in a professional office:

  1. Keep it conservative – If they hire you for your cleavage, you probably don’t want to work there. Consider a button-up or boat-neck top and opt for a skirt that falls at or below the knee.
  2. Don’t wear anything too distracting – You want them to focus on you, not the bright floral pattern you are wearing.
  3. Keep it classic – Stick to staples rather than trends. That means basic black pumps, blazers and oxfords over platforms and anything with feathers.
  4. Don’t be afraid to look like a lady – Consider a pencil skirt, a tailored blazer or something with a ruffle detail (I love the look of a blouse like this with a blazer) to show your feminine side.
  5. Highlight your natural beauty – Don’t overdo your makeup. (This is an interesting article about makeup in the workplace.)
And remember, nothing can stop a competent, confident interviewee (except for a really inappropriate outfit).
*P.S. Click here to see a list of all the clothes featured in the collage above.

2 Responses to “Dressing the Part”

  1. Sabrina D'Agosta February 13, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Any suggestions on jewelry for itnerviews? Avoid it because it can be distracting, or just keep it simple?

    • Admin February 29, 2012 at 11:26 am #

      We love simple jewelry for an interview. It’s a nice way to express a little bit of personal style. Try simple posts or a dainty necklace.

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