Anyone will tell you to “dress appropriately” for an interview. But what does that even mean? Whether you’ve landed an interview for your dream internship or a part-time gig as a barista, these foolproof tips will help you ensure you leave a lasting impression.
1. Always mirror the work environment dress code
If you’re interviewing for a job at a financial institution, you’ll have to stick with basic shapes, as that is the appropriate dress form for that workplace. If you’re interviewing at creative offices then you have more freedom.
2. Pick one brightly colored article of clothing or accessory.
Hello color! If you want to add a pop of color (or color block) this is totally acceptable. Mixing colors is fine just don’t introduce more than one super bright piece or your outfit will just become loud.
3. Don’t default to the standard blazer and pant – unless you really want to.
Skirts and dresses are a great way to stand out. Skirts shouldn’t be too tight or short — pencil skirts or midi skirts are both great options. Tuck in a button up or layer one with a knit for a more conservative look.
4. Dress for the job you want, not the one you had or currently have.
This is important! If you are competing for the position of assistant to the editor-in-chief at Teen Vogue, with the hopes of eventually becoming an editor, dress like an editor would! You’ll feel more empowered and come off that way in the meeting. It makes the world of a difference.
5. As a rule of thumb, one piece of statement jewelry will go a long way.
Don’t over accessorize – it’s distracting. Instead opt for a few bangles, or a bold necklace.
6. Opt for heels where possible.
Heels give you a lift, make you walk straighter and just elevate any simple look to the next level. If possible, throw a pair on! Just keep it around or under 3″.
7. Keep your makeup natural.
Let all the attention be on what you have to say, not what you have on your face. Go for a simple eyeliner and mascara, with light blush and nude lips. Anything that will make you look polished, work awake and vibrant is perfect.
8. Dress to flatter your body type.
This should seem obvious, but the most important thing about dressing well is always flattering your individual body type with things that fit you best. That plan-b knit top that works so well when you’re in a rush – that’s probably the kind of the thing you want to consider, not the leopard print pants you’ve but test drove once to your BFF’s house party.
Do you have any other tips to share about dressing for an interview? Comment below with your ideas!