It can be a scary thing to get your first job, especially when you are nervous and not sure what to say or what to wear. Following interview etiquette is quite important, but you also need to be sure that you have a great interview style. Be yourself though, because employers can tell when you are trying too hard or fake it. Here are some suggestions to help you rock that perfect interview style.
1—Choose an outfit that makes you feel confident. The best way to be successful in an interview is to go in with confidence. If you feel good about your outfit and abilities then your employer will see it as a reason to hire you.
2—Make sure that you are covered up. You need to make sure that you are not showing extreme cleavage or looking inappropriate or offensive. Be you, but be classy at the same time.
3—You do not have to wear a suit. A suit is not a practical or comfortable option for everyone. Try to gauge what to wear for the interview based off of the company’s dress code. Most places just require business casual, so suits are not necessary. You could do dress pants with a cute top and cardigan or you can do really any kind of dress that you like. You could also do a dark jean and top combo or maxi skirt! So, fear not, you have lots of options for whatever your style may be.
4—Neutrals are a good option for any outfit. I would recommend using a neutral such as black, white, or tan for the cardigan, blazer, or whatever outer piece you prefer. Black is a key color to incorporate in any professional look because it adds a sleek, classy feel to your outfit.
The most important thing to remember is to be yourself and show your own style. Play around with different things and see what works best for you. Originality is key in showing you are an individual and employers will appreciate that. Do not stress too much about your outfit, but be sure to plan it because interview style tells a lot about you.
In these pictures, I used a dressier tank that I love with any outfit. I wore a white circular cardigan with dark jean capris and a sparkly sandal. To accessorize, I added some sparkly earrings. There are hundreds of different ways you could recreate this look. The tank has white stripes which add a touch of professionalism because it looks similar to pinstripes. The white cardigan matches the stripes and is softer than a black one. The capris are the casual aspect of business casual but are dark enough that they are not too casual. The sandals are professional but comfortable.
What are your tips for rocking an interview? Let me know in the comments below!