Fashion Day: What To Wear To Interviews

Fashion Day: What To Wear To Interviews

It’s been a while since I last went for a formal job interview and today I had my very first interview since I registered as a teacher.  It was an impromptu position and interview, so let’s just say I was scrambling like a headless chicken, putting my portfolio together (that they didn’t end up look at anyway) for something I was only given notice for the day before.

The good thing about having a lot of basic pieces is the fact that I didn’t need to worry about what to wear for the interview.  The weather was still rather chilly today, so I knew that I would still need a jacket of some sort to keep me warm.  I had decided to go for a pencil skirt for a smart and sharp look and simply needed to choose from the many shirts I already had in my wardrobe.

What To Wear To Interviews 

I kept my outfit simple and fuss-free, but thought injecting some sort of simple print might help lessen what might have been an extremely dull outfit.

What to wear for an interview

Shirt: Popbasic (^similar print but different collar here)

Pencil Skirt: Target (^similar here )

Trench Coat: Zara (^similar here)

The black and white polka dot shirt won the “battle of the many shirts”, as it was comfortable as well as slightly more interesting than a plain white shirt.  I added the cream trench coat instead of wearing a black blazer because I really didn’t want to look like I was wearing a uniform.

Although not pictured here, I wore my cream heels to match with my cream bag – this matchy-matchy accessories part wasn’t intentional at all actually – and they went well with the trench coat.  It gave the impression that I was well put together even though inside I was a ball of nerves!

Make up was minimal, much like when I was doing my rounds, but presentable.  I also kept accessories to a minimum as I really would rather have them concentrate on me than getting distracted by anything bright or dangly.

While I wasn’t successful in getting the position; something I was actually thankful for because I didn’t think I was ready for that scope of work at all being a fresh graduate – at least I did leave them with a good impression.  I managed to focus on the interview instead of getting distracted by what might not have made me feel comfortable.

Tips On What To Wear For Interviews

  • KISS – Keep it simple silly.  This seems to be the mantra for almost everything.  Keeping your outfit simple, comfortable yet presentable means you won’t have to worry about distracting the interviewers.  This also depends on the job you’re going for of course.  If you’re in a more creative position, I suppose you can be a little bit more “fanciful” with your accessories, but still, the idea is to focus on YOU.
  • Add a little bit of your personality – While you’re still dressing for comfort and practicality, it doesn’t mean you cannot inject a little of your personality into your outfit.  Little things like prints that you love, or the shoes you wear and bag that you carry can make some difference.
  • Make sure everything fits well – Wearing what fits well instead of having you feel like you have to suck in your “gut”, or something that’s too low cut that you might have to keep adjusting or even something too loose or tight will give you the confidence to present yourself properly.  Unfortunately, in the real world, image IS everything.  Your first impression DOES count and it starts from the minute you walk into the place.  Wear shoes that you can walk in comfortably too!
  • Double check everything – This includes runs in stockings or tights, so bring an extra pair just in case.  Check your teeth for any lipstick stains or  any food that might be stuck.  Check that you do not have any stains on your shirt, skirt, pants or dress BEFORE wearing them.

Hopefully this will help you should you be going for a job interview anytime soon.  Remember that having a basic capsule can help you dress quickly and easily, so that all you have to worry about is the interview.

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