Dress to Impress: Interview Attire

Job interviews are an essential way to make a first impression on a potential employer, no matter the type of job you may be applying for. As much as first impressions shouldn’t necessarily matter, in a job setting they may be the only chance for you to showcase who you are as an individual and prospective employee. With that said, you don’t want to show up looking like you just rolled out of bed, because chances are they won’t hire you.

Interview attire is difficult though, especially for girls, because there’s always that grey area of looking good and looking a little over done. Guys are a little easier, but if you make one wrong choice of clothing you’re at a disadvantage as well. If you need some inspiration for your upcoming interview, whether it’s for a restaurant or your first post-grad employment, these tips can help girls and guys alike to show up presentable, and ready to own their interview.

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Girls:

You don’t want to look like you’re going to class, but at the same time you don’t want to look like you’re going to the club. Your goal is simple, yet classy. Don’t wear anything flashy or obnoxious, and don’t wear a shirt that’s a little too revealing. I get it, sexy is cute, but a little too much won’t impress your employer. Stick to staple articles of clothing, such as: a pencil skirt, blazer, V-neck sweaters, silk button downs, or a simple dress with tights. As far as accessories go, jewelry is the perfect way to add a touch of color to an otherwise bare outfit, just be sure not to over do it. In terms of shoes, leave your stilettos and Jeffrey Campbell Lita’s at home, as cute as they are, they aren’t office appropriate. Stick to heels that aren’t 6 inches, and flats to pair with your outfits.

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Guys:

You definitely have it easier  when it comes to picking an interview appropriate outfit. That doesn’t mean you can’t go wrong though; as much as you may love your graphic Tees and swim trucks, probably not the best thing to show up in for an interview. Stick with button downs, a tie, slacks, and dress shoes. Depending on the position for which you’re applying, a suit might be recommended (i.e. an executive or management position).  Again, your goal is classy, so dress to impress.

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And for those you who don’t remember, you can find the above curation at What Girls Want Guys to Wear

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