What to Wear for an Interview

You sent out what feels like hundreds of job applications, someone actually responded, and now you have an in-person interview. First of all, congratulations! Second, what are you going to wear? What you wear in an interview can say a lot about your professionalism and personality—first impressions are important and the interviewer is definitely not only listening to your responses to their questions! What they see in front of them matters, so here’s how you can stand out from the crowd while letting your responses speak louder than your clothes:
Stick to basics especially when shopping because you never know which company will respond to your application—I’m sure none of you are applying to just one type of business or one company, and each expects something a little different for the interview. Be prepared for all prospective interviews by making sure you have a set of basic clothing options ready to be paired in a variety of ways, depending on the interview.
Classic pieces are best (blazers, trousers, pencil skirts, blouses, sheath dresses), and make sure that they look professional. You do not want to wear a summery dress to an interview, even if it is a sheath. It is important that you look serious about the job you are interviewing for, even if you aren’t that serious of a person. You may joke around regularly, but you don’t want the interviewer to think that the job is a joke to you. Stick with polished pieces with clean lines. If you want to add a little color or personality to your look, then choose a cardigan or skirt with a fun pattern but then make sure that the rest of the outfit is relatively plain.
The same goes for shoes: classic styles, classic colors, classic lines. Don’t show up wearing a pair of black studded platforms unless the job calls for it. Nude or black pumps are probably your best bet, but if you have trouble walking in heels then wear flats. The interviewer will think less of you if you’re falling over in heels than if you wear a pair of flats and can walk into their office confidently.
Most articles tend to focus on what to wear to interviews, but what about hair and makeup? Those are just as important as what you wear, especially since that it is what the interviewer will be looking at the most. Keep your hair and makeup natural, like your clothes, so that your responses to their questions are the most important. You don’t want the interviewer focusing more on your orange lipstick or blue eyeliner than on what you’re saying, right? Tone down the hair and makeup, and clothes, and let your mind and work experiences shine through.

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