Your interview outfit is more important than you may think! Check out ourPinterest page for outfit ideas.
Pre-Interview Outfit Research
Not sure what to wear? Research the company and ask anyone you know in the industry or at the company about their dress code. Keep in mind, if it’s a tech company or creative you still shouldn’t show up in jeans! You can find company images on Instagram and Social Media, which could help you decide what to wear. When in doubt dressing conservative and in a suit is always a safe bet. Ultimately, you want to dress for the job you want. It’s always better to over than under dressed.
Plan ahead! Try on your outfit a day at least two days before the Interview
It’s so important to nail down your interview outfit a few days before your actual interview. We’ve created a Pinterest page to help you find just the right outfit in your closet. Mixing and matching works great!
Interview Outfit Tips
Practice sitting in your outfit – I know it sounds funny but you want to be sure everything stays in place and fits well. Practice walking in your shoes; this means you may need to wear flats instead of heels. Remember it’s all about the details and feeling confident!
- Do you tend to play with your hair? Wear it up. A styled hair-do can also come off as more professional and ‘put together.
- Wear shoes you can walk in! This may mean flats instead of heels
- Stay away from trendy pieces, once you get the job you can show your personality through your trendy outfits.
- Are your nails clean and polished? This is a small detail that matters! If manicures aren’t your thing go clean nails with no polish.
- For the guys in the group – wear a jacket that fits, a shirt and pants that are pressed and shoes should be clean and buffed.
The Interview Uniform
Keep it simple - choose a color scheme and stick to it. (Black & white, navy & white etc.)
My interview go to outfit is black ankle length pants (not too tight), a white blouse, and 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 with the blazer.
Favorite Stores for Interview Apparel (male/female):
~ J Crew
~ Banana Republic
~ Brooks Brothers
- Mix & Match
~ Ann Taylor / Loft
- Shoes & Bags
~ Cole Haan
~ J Crew
J. Crew has really good basic suits and if you get lucky you find deals at the outlets! Also, J.Crew,Banana Republic, Anne Taylor/ loft have great work heels. H&M has a really good work apparel line; their dresses and blouses for summer are priced right and look great when mixing and matching. Express has my two favorite types of dress pants which are The Columnist ankle pant (and regular boot cut) and the Editor.
Clean up your social accounts!
- Public Instagram? Switch to private during the interview process, unless you use social to showcase your career interest
~ i.e. creatives can display their artwork and photographs, etc.
- Twitter accounts following / re-tweeting relevant accounts to company
- Facebook: keep private
~ Update your account - should reflect your current resume
~ Experience should be descriptive (See AH’s guide to LInkedin on our blog!)
~ All experience is good experience! Utilize that summer waitressing job as best you can to highlight the skills you have picked up along the way
~ AFTER your account is updated Connect with your interviewer on Linkedin
- Ask when and how hiring decisions are made, this will help you with the follow-up
- Write a thank you note and send the same day
~ Professional (short and sweet)
~ Thank them for their time, restate interest in the company and position, remind them of how you can use your skill an experience to address key requirements of the job
~ Pay attention to grammar and punctuation--- no typos!
- Thank your network - did anyone refer you? Thank them as well
- Track what went well/didn't go well so you can continue to improve for your next interview
- Keep in touch
- No news may be good news
- Check-in if a week or two passes without news
- Use the opportunity to remind them why you would be a good fit
Accepting an offer
- Confirm receipt of hour immediately; if you need time to review, communicate that.
- If the offer was verbal, ask for the offer with details in writing. This should include: start date, compensation, etc.
- Refusing an offer? Politely let them know why in writing and on the phone as appropriate
- Negotiating an offer is more than meets the eye and shouldn't be taken lightly, especially if this is your first job. Some insights can be found here.