How to Leave a Lasting Impression at Your Next Interview

June 19th, 2017 at 2:00am

You are filling out endless job and internship applications, feeling a never-ending despair slowly creeping up your spine when suddenly, your phone starts to ring. Finally, your perseverance has paid off; you have been selected for an interview with one of the top companies you applied to. You are feeling great until it suddenly hits you: what do you wear to an interview?

When thinking about professional attire many think of bland and boring ensembles, but with this outline, I am going to show you how to look trendy while still being professional.

Your face and your fashion choices are among the first things that are observed when you enter the room for an interview and can leave a lasting impression, so you want your first impression to be a great one. I derived my look from the current trend of cut-out shoulders, shift dress silhouettes, and light fabrics for summer. Finding the company policy on what workwear is appropriate can also prove to be a helpful guide when deciding between business casual or more formal attire.

The black cold shoulder dress is a very fashion-forward item in this moment. This piece does not need much in the way of jewelry and the hemline is not too short, which is one of the reasons why I like it so much. The ruffle detail around the upper chest and at the top of the sleeve with the higher neckline gives the dress enough detail in the front that large necklaces would clutter the neck. I did, however, add the silver watch with small crystal details as my chosen jewelry statement piece. You can never go wrong with a good timepiece. Black Coach flats provide the finishing touch from head to toe while also adding another flash of sparkle with the metal logo across the top.

Walking into an interview with a bulky backpack or pulling a ruined résumé out of a small purse is never an ideal situation. My go-to choice for a handbag that will still allow me to bring what I need for the interview is a black leather tote. This bag is large enough to fit a folder comfortably inside along with a planner that I like to take notes in during my interviews. This bag looks sleek and is my modern and feminine spin on the briefcase. My outfit is monochromatic because the company policy where I was interviewing has work attire set for three colors and black is one of them. When you are styling your interview outfit feel free to add a colorful statement necklace or colored sweater to bring a little pizzazz to your ensemble.

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