Interview Attire

April 2, 2009 at 5:08 am (Uncategorized)

As I prepare to embark on my own set of interviews for internships. I realize that finding something to wear for an interview is challenging. Finding something to wear when you want to work in the fashion industry is even harder. The bar is raised because you are expected to be knowledgeable of the latest trends, on top of have some awareness of general interview attire.

My advice to anyone about to dress for success, do your research. Find out the company’s aesthetic and consider the current employees’ day to day garments.

About.com provides a very, white and black, nondescript guide.

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Women’s Interview Attire

• Solid color, conservative suit
• Coordinated blouse
• Moderate shoes
• Limited jewelry
• Neat, professional hairstyle
• Tan or light hosiery
• Sparse make-up & perfume
• Manicured nails
• Portfolio or briefcase

Ann Taylor has a beautiful suit collection, for people who are looking to find something listed above.

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Men’s Interview Attire

• Solid color, conservative suit
• White long sleeve shirt
• Conservative tie
• Dark socks, professional shoes
• Very limited jewelry
• Neat, professional hairstyle
• Go easy on the aftershave
• Neatly trimmed nails
• Portfolio or briefcase

I admittedly know less about men’s fashion than I’d like to, but theguidetomenssuits.com will help any of you men reading my blog right now.

Dressing for an interview is more complicated than a simple list though. Really, interview attire is all about the job you want. About.com’s lists might work for an accountant position, but if you work in a creative field, you might want to, well, get creative.

Collegefashion.net provides good sample outfits in addition to advice. For example, the site says, “When you’re interviewing for a job in a creative field, you can usually dress a little more creatively for the interview. Unless you’re sure that the office will be very casual, dress fairly formally, adding personal touches like a bright handbag to your outfit. Don’t be afraid to show off your personality, but keep your look chic and classy at all times.”

As if you don’t already have enough to think about, color is something else to consider.

Color-wheel-pro.com says, “Red is a very emotionally intense color.” You should probably avoid it for interviews. “Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation… Bright, pure yellow is an attention getter… Blue is a masculine color; according to studies, it is highly accepted among males..”

You should also use common sense when getting dressed for your interview. Make sure you aren’t showing too much skin, your clothes are pressed, and your nails, hair and make-up are neutral and not distracting.

Happy job and internship hunting, and good luck on the interviews.

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