Getting ready for an interview can be a stressful activity. There are so many things to do: research the industry and company, brush up on practice questions, and find something appropriate to wear, just to name a few.
I can address interview attire.
Mastering Your Interview Attire: Expert Tips For Crafting The Ideal Professional Wardrobe
The first thing you need to do is understand not only what’s acceptable in your industry but also the company you will be interviewing with. Attire in the fashion industry is quite different than in the architectural field. If you are new to the industry, check out people you follow on social media in that industry to see what they are wearing in professional situations.
Once you understand company standards, consider the company where you have the interview. Look for a company website and browse the employee directory. How are these individuals dressed?
My recommendation is to find someone in the position one level up from the one you are interested in and use that attire as an example. If you are interviewing within your current industry, you should have a good feel for what all levels of employees wear to work. However, companies have different dress codes. Again, I would look at a company directory to see how most individuals dress and use that as a guide.
Now that you know what type of attire you need, find it. If you’re on a budget, look in your closet first. There are probably options there. Don’t forget to look through pieces you do not wear regularly. Most people do not walk around in suits when not at work. Shop discount or thrift stores. Go to department stores and boutiques and find the sale rack. You may get the perfect blazer or pair of pants on sale. You want something stylish, so do not buy something just because it’s cheap.
Here’s an important note: If you get the job, you will have to dress in this manner on a regular basis, so invest in pieces you will wear quite a bit. If you are not sure what to wear, work with a store associate or personal stylist. We will make sure you are dressed well.
The title of this article is “Mastering Your Interview Attire” which means I want you to have multiple outfits. The reason is that many companies require multiple interviews before choosing a candidate. In fact, you may be contacted after an interview to schedule a second one within 24 hours of the first. Have a few outfits ready by creating a small capsule wardrobe for interviews. A capsule wardrobe is made up of garments that go together, usually in one color and accent color.
Take some of the anxiety and stress out of interviewing by BEING PREPARED mentally, emotionally, physically, and stylistically. Good luck and go get ‘em!