What to Wear for a Job Interview

Hello from Puerto Rico! I’ve been enjoying my trip so far and I’ve been trying (key word: trying) to remember to take lots of pics so I can do a full recap when I return!

But for now I want to talk about fashion, specifically interview fashion. Knowing what to wear for an interview can be tricky and totally different depending on the company. For many businesses, I think dressing professionally (for a first interview anyway) makes a great first impression, even if you know the company dresses casually on a day-to-day basis.

In my opinion, every woman should own at least one go-to interview outfit so that they don’t feel like they have to run out and buy a new wardrobe whenever they score an interview. I thought I’d share my go-to interview outfit today. Whether it’s for a first, second or third interview, I will, without fail, wear this outfit at one point or another. Why? Because it’s A) comfortable B) professional and C) simple. Without further ado, here are my interview fashion tips!

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What to Wear for a Job Interview

Hair pulled back: Whether it’s hair down with the front pieces pulled back or having your hair back in a sleek bun, I think it’s good to not have to worry about your hair being in your face. As much as I like weather my hair allllll the way down, I try to keep at least some of it pulled back. The less distractions during an interview the better!

Blouse: I didn’t highlight the shirt because I think this is the most versatile piece. Let your shirt show your personality! Well, the professional part of your personality ;) Once again, it depends on the company culture. If you’re interviewing for a company that would appreciate a fun-patterned shirt, then wear one! If not (or if you’re not sure), I’d say keep it simple with a button-down or shirt/blazer combination.

Pencil skirt: Ahhhh, the pencil skirt. Every woman needs a good pencil skirt. Period. The one I owned before this one cost me $12 and it was from Charlotte Russe. ….please take a moment to judge me. ANYWAY, about a year or so ago I decided it was about time to invest in a nice pencil skirt that would last. As easy as it is to find a cheap pencil skirt, I’d recommend getting a nice one that you can wear for years and one that you can rely on! Pencil skirts are (or should be) a staple in every business woman’s wardrobe!

Professional bag: I think it’s a good idea to have a professional looking purse (or tote) for an interview so you can store your resume and other essentials in something other than your typical cross-body bag. What do I mean by “professional looking”? Something plain and sleek—fun patterns are FUN, but they don’t always make you appear put together, which is most definitely the impression you should want to make. When in doubt, go with neutrals #iloveneutrals 

Comfortable shoes: THIS IS KEY. Actually, I think this is key in every life situation, but it’s really key on an interview. Why? You want to make a good first impression. Stilettos don’t make a great first impression, ESPECIALLY if you fall on your face. Womp, womp. I’d say skip the high heels and stick with flats or a lower heel. Something comfortable that will allow you to get from the lobby to the interviewer’s office without feeling like you’re going to trip and fall/die. 

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Blouse: Forever 21//Skirt: The Limited//Bag: Nine West//Shoes: …me Too via DSW 

Also, if you own a watch, wear a watch. Watches make you appear smart. I don’t know why, but they do (or at least that’s what I tell myself). 

Aaaaand, those are my tips! I obviously haven’t been on a tonnnnn of interviews, but those are some tips that I’ve gathered so far! Simple, professional and adult-like=successful interview outfit :)

Q: What’s your interview attire staple? Are you a shoe person, s purse person or neither?

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