I hope everyone is enjoying their breaks and holidays and hopefully have decompressed from the stress of finals. However, if you’re like me you are still moving and shaking, using the “free” time to prepare for the upcoming academic period, caching up on reading, continuing internships and jobs and, of course, working on that small matter of post-grad plans. As I start writing more cover letters and polish my resume, I’m also thinking ahead to interview-worthy outfits.
Until two years ago, I had exactly nothing appropriate for an interview or day in the workplace, or so I thought. As it turns out, the journalism field tends to be more relaxed than others about what is acceptable in the office, which I learned when I turned up to my first interview all the way buttoned up and the interviewer was in jeans and a T-shirt. As I’m looking across fields, it’s good to have options that will work in any number of settings.
I love this Fashionista’s outfit for an interview because it is personal, chic and professional. Oxfords, dress and a coat make for a solid combination that can be made as conservative or playful as your dress code allows. What I love about this outfit is that it is evident that she spent time planning her outfit and her effort is clear through the details, such as her lipstick and matching dress and socks.
While some dress codes call for a more formal outfit than this, that is no excuse to obliterate any trace of your personality in your outfit and opt for a terrible suit. If you know you’re going to wear the same suit over and over again to interviews, invest in one of good material that fits you impeccably. Ill-fitting and cheap-looking suits do the opposite of what you want and, please, if you can’t walk in heels, leave them at home, forever.
Use your outfit as a confidence booster and an additional way to stand out from your would-be competitors. Your personality is an asset, not something to be hidden. After all, who can refuse you when your résumé is on point and you’re the most memorable person they’ve seen that day?
One Simple Change: To go from an interview to class, swap the bag for a brown leather backpack.
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