So You Need a Job…
I’m not going to make this too long as it’s 10:39 PM at night and I want to TRY and get to work at 3AM tomorrow (I know… yeah right). Today I had a job interview and this is what I wore. The only thing not pictured is my black sports blazer from Charlotte Russe.
Today the person interviewing me made note of what I was wearing. She even complimented me on my ensemble. Before my interview started another woman who had a scheduled interview for the same position showed up after me. She was wearing jeans and a white shirt. I was appalled and taken aback that she would be dressed so… street… for a job interview. Another woman carried with her an ENORMOUS studded purple hobo back with an outfit that didn’t match. I just had to shake my head. Ladies, let me give you some advice on how to dress for a job interview.
Advice on How to Dress for a Job Interview
- NEVER WEAR JEANS TO A JOB INTERVIEW ~ I don’t care how laid back the place you are interviewing is… NEVER WEAR JEANS. It’s UNPROFFESSIONAL on all levels. It shows that you don’t care much about his job to even put on a pair of pressed pants. If you appearance is sloppy… will your work be as well?
- NEVER BRING ENORMOUS BAGS TO A JOB INTERVIEW ~ Listen ladies, if you have an oversized Technicolor hobo bag then you need to exit to the left. First of all, hobo bags are ridiculous. I will NEVER understand why a woman would purchase something like that. Having such a huge bag takes away from you and what you are saying. The most you should carry with you into an interview is a portfolio that carries your resumes, your wallet or small clutch, and keys. I would not suggest brining your cell phone. Even if it’s on complete silence. If you just HAVE to have a purse I suggest a very small one. A small purse can hold your cell, ID, cards, and keys. There is no need to bring a HUGE hobo back into an interview.
- WEAR CLOSED TOED SHOES: Yes, you may have just gotten a hella cute pedicure, but you should have really saved that for AFTER the interview. Honestly, there are some people who are just grossed out by toes. What if you interviewer happens to be one of those people? Open toed shoes are just plan unprofessional.
- HEIGHT OF SHOES FOR A JOB INTERVIEW: I am the queen of all shoes over 5 inches, but for a job interview that is not necessary. In fact it’s ridiculous. A good height for shoes should be no taller than 3 inches.
- Jewelry: Do not wear chandelier earrings or hoop earrings. While that may be great for everyday looks at the workplace, at a job interview you should keep it simple. In the pictures I wore cluster earrings. Typically that is a no-no too, but because they are faux pearl earrings I can get away with it. Pearl earrings are clean and classic look. Stud earrings will be a woman’s best beat. Also, no BLINGY jewelry unless it’s your wedding ring. Interviewers pay close attention to that stuff. If your jewelry is just too much they are going to draw an opinion on you that may not work to your best interest.
DO NOT SHOW YOU TATTOS: That’s just all colors of tacky.
- Top: Solid button up shirts are typically the best. They are clean and classic. They don’t take away from anything about you. The button up can be made in many different styles. In this case my button up from Express has a braiding design on the sleeves and collar area. This is great for me because the shirt is not plan, but not too distracting because it’s a solid color.
- Pants: The pants I wore was a riskly choice. However, I knew a couple of facts that made me decide to wear the pants (1) because they were the only pair clean, (2) the fit my body perfectly, (3) because the pants matched the solid top and correlated well with the jewelry it didn’t take away from me. When in doubt the best is to wear black pants, a solid colored top button up, and a blazer that compliments this outfit.
- Perfume: Listen, don’t over do it. Spray your pulse points and call it a day. While your Chanel No. 05 may smell good if you overdo it the interviewer is going to think you are trying too hard.
When in doubt go conservative. Clothes should never overpower how you represent yourself at a job interview. I’m not saying dressing Plain Jane will get you the job, but it will let you represent who you are. The way you speak, carry yourself, and your resume should do all the talking. Be personable, engaging, and most importantly HONEST!
|Top: Express| Pants: Express| Shoes: Ross|Necklace: Premier Designs| Earrings: Charolette Russe| Ring: Premier Desings| Belt: Old Navy|Not Pictured Blazer: Charolette Russe|