The IT List: Interview Attire

There is a time and a place to show off your wildest and most fashionable attire – a birthday party or New Year’s Eve, for instance. However, a typical job interview is not exactly where you want to kick off your career as a fashion maven. It is important to find an outfit that you feel comfortable in but, unless you’re auditioning for an LMFAO music video, leave anything neon or animal print at home. You want your ensemble to be inconspicuous and put together, not distracting or overwhelming. After all, the interview is about keeping the interviewer focused on YOU and what you have to offer as an employee. We have a few Interview-Ready suggestions as well as a few choices to avoid – so keep reading!

The Go-For-IT List:

This tie from Express is subtle, yet polished.

Tailored Suit: Nowadays, it’s important to look sharp and put together and a suit does just that! For men, a traditional suit, tie (like the one pictured, from Express), and button down works best and for women a fitted pantsuit or jacket-and-skirt combo (with stockings!) is professional. T he most important part is that it fits properly, so get it tailored if necessary!

Appropriate Dress Shoes: Be sure to wear shoes that are fairly conservative but are still current with today’s trends. Make sure they have been cleaned and shined – you want them to look their best!

Minimum Jewelry: When used appropriately, a simple necklace or watch can make an outfit seem very put-together. However, use the glitz and glam sparingly. Both men and women should avoid any facial jewelry, a s well as anything too flashy or distracting. Leave the excess bling behind.

Groomed Hair and Face: You can have the best outfit in the world, but if your hair is messy or your make-up is too heavy, it’s not going to matter. Hair should be clean, combed, and out of your face and women should stick with conservative makeup that appropriately enhances their features – think more “serious” than “Snooki.”

The Avoid-IT List:

 

 

 

 

These glittery nail polishes are more “Party” than “Professional.”

 

 

 

 

 

  • Conspicuous bag or briefcase (should not be bright and printed or tattered and worn)
  • Wild nail polish or otherwise un-groomed nails
  • Ill-fitting pants/skirt (too tight, too short, too baggy
  • Distracting colors or patterns
  • Anything outdated or worn
  • Inappropriate shoes (platforms, backless, scuffed)
  • Heavy perfume or cologne
We hope we’ve provided some useful tips for making a professional style impression. As a general rule, lean towards the conservative side when dressing for an interview. Keep the focus on what a stellar employee you will be! For more insight into what to avoid in an interview, check out the Monster article, 10 Interview Fashion Blunders!
We’d love to hear any questions or suggestions you might have, so feel free to leave us a comment!
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