First off, congratulations! Second off, what are you going to wear?? Prepping for an interview is enough work without worrying about your outfit, so we went ahead and did you a favor by pulling together a guide on what to wear to an interview so you can focus on the really important stuff - like showing off your best self, acing the interview, and landing the job. Our team member and resident fashion expert, Sarah, has put together a guide to putting together the perfect outfit for any interview.
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Pre-Interview Outfit Research
It’s important to research what kind of company you are interviewing at to find out what to wear-
Dress for the job you want… Always remember that is better to be overdressed than under dressed.
If you know anyone that works at the company ask them what the dress code is and use that as a baseline. You should dress a bit more dressy than what is standard.
You can also get a sense of the dress code by looking at their website, their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages- this is where you can see what the day to day dress code is like through pictures they might post of their employees etc.
Try on your outfit a day or two before the Interview
It is really important to nail down your interview outfit a few days before your actual interview, in case you do not like what you have and you need to shop around for some new interview outfits-or want to check out our Pinterest page for some ideas ;)
Also it’s really important to sit down in your outfit, walk around, etc.. You want to be comfortable, if you are wearing a dress practice sitting in your dress properly. Remember it’s all about the details and acting confident!
Interview Outfit Tips
I always like to suggest wearing your hair up…Personally I have a tendency to twirl my hair or play with it when i’m nervous so I always wear my hair in a low bun. To me, this also seems more professional and really gives off the ‘put together’ look you are aiming for.
Always wear heels you can walk in- don’t wear your going out heels, a low heel height is really important.
Stay away from trendy pieces, once you get the job you can show your personality through your trendy outfits.
Get a manicure! Details like this are so important! Having a freshly clean manicure, OR no nail polish at all makes you look put together and professional.
My Interview Uniform
I try to stick to one color scheme, black and white, navy and white etc..
My interview go to outfit is black ankle length pants (not too tight) I personally love the Express work pants, they have great styles, and fun colors. I always wear a white blouse (J. Crew has great ones) you can also find some really good blouses at Nordstrom Rack, Forever 21 (make sure they aren’t see through) or H&M. I always wear some sort of black blazer- if it is a corporate interview I wear a standard blazer, tech and creative companies you can add a little flare to the blazer- One of my go to blazers for tech/creative interviews is from BCBG and it is still structured but is a little more fashionable.
I always wear some type of heel -and I try not to wear open toe shoes. Closed toe shoes are the best for any type of interview, even in the summer.
For summer interviews I have a standard black dress that I wear or a pin stripe dress from Anne Taylor- both of these dresses I pair with a blazer.
I make sure that the purse I bring is a structured bag, that is usually black or navy, and is organized on the inside with everything in reach that I might need (pens, chap stick, resume in folder, etc)
My Favorite Stores for Interview Apparel
J. Crew has really good basic suits and if you get lucky you can get them at the outlets for way cheaper! Also, J.Crew has some great work heels.
Banana Republic, Anne Taylor/ loft
Saks Fifth Avenue/ Off Saks/ Nordstrom/ Nordstrom Rack
H&M has a really good work apparel line. I love their dresses for summer and their blouses are really soft and look way more expensive than they are. H&M also has great bags that are structured but still can be used outside of an interview.
Express has my two favorite types of dress pants: The Columnist ankle pant (and regular boot cut) and the Editor.