After months of searching and applying for positions, you finally land an in-person interview! While you are elated at the prospect, herein begins the big debate: "What Should I Wear?" Everyone usually opts for a navy blue or black suit. Let's just say that you don't have a suit, or perhaps you don't like wearing suits. Guess what? There are other options!
It may be possible to select pieces from your current wardrobe that will provide a business appropriate look.
I invite you to take a step outside of the "normal" interview attire box with me.
I've worked in corporate America for almost two decades (Yep, I started working as an infant :-). Over the years, through three Fortune 500 companies, I have observed interview attire of every sort. I am not a traditional dresser, so it is not surprising that traditional attire rarely impresses me. I am impressed when I see someone who manages to show a glimmer of authenticity (the person that they truly are), yet still looks professional and polished.
Idea Number 1 features uncommonly considered neutral colors, grey and eggplant purple. I inserted hints of the authentic me by choosing: grey (not cream) pearls, jeweled earrings, a jeweled bracelet, and patterned tights.
Instead of purchasing a new grey blouse, I opted for a short dress, and wore it as a blouse. I added a full silk skirt, and peep toe pumps. In some places, showing your toes on an interview is an automatic "No", so to be safe I wore opaque tights.
For outerwear I opted for a classic pinstripe coat and grey gloves.
Keep in mind that your outerwear selection does matter, as it may be the first thing your interviewer sees.
First impressions are usually lasting impressions.
That wraps up today's post. What are your thoughts? What interview attire do you prefer?
Coat- Vintage Christian Dior, also worn here
Top- Komarov Dress
Silk Skirt- Kate Hill
Shoes- Anne Klein
Handbag- Michael Kors, also worn here