Interviews can be hell, trust me, I've been there. It's nerve wracking, and it feels like a constant judgement. You have to make friends and build rapport incredibly fast in order to secure a position.
And, the worst part is dressing for the interview.
The most cliche adage out there is "dress for the job you want". Adages are adages because they ring true: dress for the job you want. Now, that doesn't mean come in to n interview at McDonald's with a uniform already on, it means to dress for success basically. Dress like McDonald's corporate would, dress how Nordstrom's CEO would. Think of the higher-ups; you don't want to be stuck as a crew member at McDonald's, right?
Now, it doesn't matter if you're being interviewed for McDonald's or Nordstrom's, you need to dress nicely. Nicely and professional. The best way to do that is by dressing in business casual.
Business casual is just a toned down version of formal business. So, it isn't a three piece suit, it's slacks, a dress shirt and a tie. For women, however, business casual is different. You can get away with most things in women's business casual yet, when it comes to interviews it's like everyone forgets what it is and wears jeans.
Here are 4 sets of interview ready outfits with tips to help and inspire you!
Don't be afraid to play with color! The rose colored blazer is gorgeous next to the black blouse and red skirt. Wearing color is a great way to show your personality and to make you memorable. When you play with colors in a business casual outfit, you don't want to go with anything neon, or anything offensive to the eyes, so playing colors that are similar to each other (like the pink and red) is a great way to use color. Also, if you plan on wearing a skirt to an interview, it's always good to cover the legs, especially if the skirt is above the knees--you want to cover as much skin as possible without looking frumpy.
I personally prefer wearing skirts, but you can't go wrong with a fitted pair of trousers. I paired the trousers with a basic white blouse and white lace flats, and added some color with a scarf and a belt. Again, color is your friend! You can add color with your main outfit, like swapping the white blouse with a colored one, or with accessories, like I did here. Using colors in the accessories is a good way to introduce color into the outfit. Plus, if you chicken out on the red scarf or belt, you can ditch them and still have a business casual outfit, albeit a toned down version of it.
You can't go wrong with the classic black and white. Black and white is staple in the business casual world, so it's a really safe default, in case you are drawing a blank. Adding a subtle print like leopard in the from of a scarf is a great way to add color and print without screaming at the interviewer. And, again, I covered the legs with tights to keep it on the conservative side. I chose a skater skirt because it's a lot more flowy and comfortable than a pencil skirt, and they also flatter most body types, unlike pencil skirts.
To me, blazers are the quintessential piece for an interview. When wearing a blazer with trousers, you want to make sure that all pieces of the outfit fit you well. You want to look like you know what you're doing with yourself, and you can do by wearing well fitting clothing. I prefer a looser and lighter top--that isn't over sized-- when paired with a blazer and trousers, just so I don't look like a straight line.
Now, with outfits all sorted out, work on your presentation!
Have a wonderful day!