There’s nothing more stress-inducing than interviewing for a job you really really want. A big part of that stress is deciding on an outfit that projects the confident, creative, successful image you want to showcase to your future employers. That’s why I always recommend having at least one go-to interview outfit on hand, since you never know when opportunity might strike! A great job interview outfit is one that you feel comfortable in because it is something you like and know you look good in, but one that takes just a little extra effort. I think it’s more than okay to wear a dress with a blazer here in Austin for most interviews, especially in the summer, and especially if it’s for a more creative-type job. Here are a few more tips for selecting a knock-em-dead interview dress-outfit:
- Start with a dress you love, and then accessorize it with more conservative elements. I wore this neutral-colored lightweight dress and added a smart-looking thin belt, business-y pumps, and a blazer.
- Play the opposites game with your layering pieces. If your dress is light and airy like this one is, choose a sharp blazer. There’s something smart and unexpected about the flowy dress paired with the crisp collar of a blazer. . If you have a more structured dress, go for a belted cardigan to get the same effect.
- Take notice of the little extras. Choose subtle jewelry. You don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard, or distract anyone with your bling. My earrings are small, and I don’t need a necklace because the print of the dress already frames my face.
- Don’t forget that you’re gonna be shaking hands and use an interview as an excuse to get a manicure. Short, neutral nails are a sure bet.
Now you wont have to worry about what you’re wearing and can concentrate on what to say! I can’t really help with that, though. I can come over and help you plan your best interview outfit according to your potential job and your body type!
August 10, 2011