RÃ©sumÃ©s are sent out and then, you get the call. Your dream-job company wants to meet with you. High fives all around â€” quickly followed by panic. What are you going to wear? For those of us who work in creative industries, it can be especially challenging to put together the perfect interview outfit.
Granted, an impeccably tailored suit is classic (and a wardrobe necessity), but there’s a lot more freedom in what to wear to an interview these days. You want to put your best foot forward by looking perfectly pulled together â€” not boring or stuffy.
What’s appropriate for an interview really does vary depending on your industry, but for the most part, you want to shoot for something that is polished, professional, and shows off a bit of your personal style. If you want to move in a more fashion-forward direction, you can forego the basic, dark-colored suit and inject a bit of curvy-girl style into your look. Here are eight outfit ideas sure to help you land the job.
If youâ€™re interviewing for: AÂ creative job
Examples: writer, editor, photo editor, film, graphic designer, art director
Here, a common pitfall is wanting to show personality.
- While you shouldnâ€™t show up in a pantsuit, donâ€™t show up in something totally wild or trend-driven either.
- Tone it down it down and apply the rule of taking one piece off before the interview.
- Be comfortable. try your outfit on before the interview to know how your clothing reacts in different situations.
- Shoes should be closed toed,Â pants should be black or dark denim, and accessories kept to a minimum.
If youâ€™re interviewing for: AÂ client-based corporate job:
Examples: law firm, real estate, public relations, sales, marketing, advertising or account executives
- Be well groomed. Donâ€™t wear too much makeup and have your hair clean and simple. Never wear perfume.
- Invest in a nice blazer. This can be used to dress up anything from simple blouses to well-cut trousers. Again, shoes should be closed and no higher than three inches.
- Keep colours conservative. Keep it classy. Nothing too vibrant, bright or distracting.
If youâ€™re interviewing for:Â AÂ fashion job:
Examples: Fashion editor, buyer, stylist, designer, merchandiser, assistant, sales
A mistake people make when interviewing for a fashion-related job is to make a broad-brush statement that they should dress super-trendy or edgy. What you wear here depends on the specific job youâ€™re interviewing for.
- Keep clothes simple and instead make accessories the focal point. Have stylish shoes, a sharp bag and modern jewelry displaying your great taste.
Donâ€™t try to beÂ tooÂ fashion-forward. People shouldnâ€™t notice your clothes first, but youÂ inÂ your clothes. You want people to say â€œshe looks presentable and stylish in that dressâ€ asÂ opposedÂ to â€œwow, thatâ€™s a really expensive designer dress.” Clothes shouldnâ€™t be distraction.
If youâ€™re interviewing for: AÂ finance job
Examples: banking, consulting, hedge funds, accounting, insurance, research analyst, stock analyst
In finance, not much has changed. Donâ€™t push the envelope, and appear conservative and professional.
- Wear a dark, two-piece pants suit or skirt suit.Â Lighten them up with a white or softer coloured blouse and conservative accessories.
- Bring an extra pair of tights in case they run. You never know what will happen the day of, so be prepared.
- On that note, donâ€™t wear colourful or patterned tights, open-toe shoes, super-high heels, or sleeveless tops.
If youâ€™re interviewing for: a tech/startup job
Examples: Engineer, coder, product manager, designer, communications, content strategist, IT
Many startups are full of young people, and many of them foster a very collegiate atmosphere, so the biggest fear people have here is being overdressed in a sea of hipsters.
- Dress a half step up from everyone else, so the person interviewing you knows youâ€™re dressed up for an interview.
- However, coming in wearing a suit makes it look like you know nothing about the industry. If youâ€™re going to a startup in a three-piece piece suit you may say the right things but you look like youâ€™re looking for an environment thatâ€™s different, and the company might think they cant offer you want you want.
- Show that youâ€™re serious about the position without being overdressed. Opt for dark denim and aÂ tuckedÂ in blouse, or a stylish skirt with a chambray button-down or basic sweater, and accessorize from there.MYNEWSHUB