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.
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.
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.
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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