So, you’ve made it past the first barrier and have been invited in for an interview. Inevitably, you’re panicked and are prepping for interview questions, whilst reminding yourself what it is you’ve listed on your CV, and finally what outfit to fashion for the big day. How does one play this, you’re thinking; do you enter your potential new office sophisticated yet chic or perhaps approach the situation dressed edgy and expressive, you know to display the ‘real you’ – the possibilities are endless!
Twenty odd years ago, things were far simpler. Individuals would fashion their best work suits, carry with them a briefcase filled with credentials and wear hair away from their faces for max professionalism, however times have changed. Admittedly, wanting to leave a lasting impression on the interviewee and yet, be viewed as fashion-forward in the same breath is inevitable.
So of course, I took it upon myself to collate some looks and advise on the different ways to dress smart and sophisticated, for that big interview.
1. Letting them know what they’re getting, from the start:
Being yourself is usually ill advised, you’re often told to dial it down and the same is true of your outfit at an interview. However, if you’re lucky enough to be invited down for an interview in a uber casual establishment with little rules on clothing, it’s a little awks to arrive in your school uniform. One way to play this is to dress like your normal quirky self, but with an heir of ‘ok, this is an interview… I came to fuck shit up’. Something like this:
2. Play it safe:
While you may be in uncomfortable shoes and a shirt that suffocates your chest, your chances of bagging the job are probably a little higher! I’ve always said skirts for interviews are a no go particularly because tights and long skirts are quite hard to pull off. A lady suit however? Parfait.
3. Smartly dressed, yet incredibly chic:
So you can look as chic walking in as you do out. Wow potential bosses with an outfit so fabulous, they rethink your salary. Or you know, something of the sort. A clear winner in said department is:
4. I AM FASHION:
Showing your future fellow colleagues that you are in fact the most ‘fashion’ of them all. What even is a job interview ensemble? Ok, a blazer? Done and done.