How to Dress to Get the Job
Job interviews are scary. I can remember a particularly terrifying interview. I walked into a strange new office and immediately forgot the first names of everyone I met. Needless to say I didn’t get the job. I believe a job interview is much like an hostile interrogation where one wrong message might end your career or possibly your way of life.
Don’t let your clothes send that wrong message. Get a navy suite, made from fine wool with a silk blouse. I like J Crew because they have the Super 120s marino wool suits and they offer them in petite sizes. Don’t forget to have it tailored to your exact measurements and you might consider sizing up to allow the tailor enough material to make the best alterations.
Shoes are important, always, always wear closed heal and closed toes, no sandals! Sandals give the impression of fun and play and they are a NO for any professional interview. I like Cole Haan because they are one of the few remaining companies that still makes pump with a full leather upper and sole. Peekaboo toes are acceptable as well for professional dress.
If you wear a skirt don’t forget the tights. Bare legs send a signal that you are not taking the interview seriously. They also give a finished look that communicates attention to detail.
Finally, don’t forget ask closing questions such as; when can I start? Where do you see me in your organization? How will I best contribute to the success of the business?
Verbal and non-verbal messaging will contribute greatly to your success in any interview.
Here is what I am wearing:
- J Crew 1035 blazer in Super 120s wool in navy *No longer available*
- J Crew Pencil Skirt Super 120s wool in navy *No longer available*
- J Crew Campbell blazer in Super 120s wool *Next best alternative*
- J Crew Petite Pencil Skirt 120s wool in navy
- Cole Haan Air Violet Pump 90 black *No longer available*
- Cole Haan Eliza Grand Pump 85 *Next best alternative*
- J Crew Blythe Top Silk Georgette *Recommended*
- Oroblu Repos 70 in nude