When I got my first few requests for job interviews, my immediate dilemma was my wardrobe. I had just graduated and passed my board exam, and aside from corporate outfits we had to wear for thesis defense and other presentations, I had very few choices.
Coming up with what to wear for a job interview is a challenge because you want to fit in and stand out at the same time. This is the moment you make your first impression, and you don’t want to mess it up. Whether you like it or not, what you wear matters when you want to land your dream job.
I’ve applied to jobs of varying backgrounds, from pharmaceutical, to fashion, beauty, and administrative. Dressing is especially tricky when you have two to three interviews scheduled in one day, and your outfit has to be flexible enough to suit all of those different jobs.
After going through a lot of interviews, I’ve created a step by step guide to dressing for your job interview:
- Check out the company culture.
- Wear something that’s not too fancy or formal, but not too casual either.
- Match your interviewer.
- Make sure your clothes are clean, ironed, and fits you well.
Check out the Company Culture
Do your research, do they wear uniforms? Is the nature of the company one that would require its employees to be in suits, or just in shirts and jeans?
Not Too Fancy But Not Too Casual
A suit would not be the best option for your job interview if it so happens that the employees in that company wear shorts and flipflops. Go for something in between. For this one, I wore a comfy chiffon crepe top with a pencil skirt. It’s not too casual, but not too formal either.
Match Your Interviewer
It would be a good option to match what your interviewer is wearing, or be slightly dressier. I always think of business casual so it would be somewhere in between suits and jeans.
Check the Details of Your Outfit
- Make sure your clothes are ironed and pressed. You don’t want to give your interviewer the impression that you don’t pay attention to detail with a wrinkled shirt.
- It doesn’t matter if it’s from the most expensive brands, your clothes have to fit you well first.
- Don’t wear flashy jewelry. Stick to simple pieces like pearls, or a simple pendant necklace.
- Keep the perfume to a minimum. Your interviewer might turn out to be allergic to the scent, so just keep it subtle but fresh.
- Don’t wear anything revealing and wear proper lingerie. You don’t want any wardrobe malfunction now, do you?
- Don’t overdo the makeup. Conceal only the necessary and maintain a natural look.
- Don’t wear anything that has prints or colors that are too loud. You’d still want your interviewer to remember your credentials and not that crazy neon printed blazer you wore.
Lastly, don’t forget to smile! Confidence gives a much better impression than your looks. Be proud of what you have achieved so far and flaunt that to get your dream job!
I chose this skirt instead of a plain colored pencil skirt because it has beautiful details. It goes at an appropriate length, and attention grabbing, in a good way. Invest in statement pieces like this so you can stand out.
Hype this on Lookbook.nu:
Lace Crepe Chiffon Top: Warehouse
Embroidered Tweed Skirt with Leather Piping: Zara
Nude Pumps: People Are People
photos by Ben Bigalbal
What do you think of my favorite job interview look?
P.S. I might do this as a series of three outfits, so watch out for more!