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What to Wear to a Job Interview

January 16, 2017
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A new year is often a time to re-evaluate our life’s direction, whether that’s deciding whether to move house or start a new yoga class. It’s also the time we take a look at our work situation, deciding whether it’s time to move on or move up in our current roles.

If you’ve decided to take the plunge and begin the search for something new, you’ll want to ensure you look the part when it comes to the interview process. Whatever the position you’re after, here’s some sound advice on what to wear to a job interview.

Keep it clean

We’re not talking about the fact your outfit should be fresh out the wash (that’s a no brainer), but more how it should be kept simple and pared back. Monochrome staples are always a winner when dressing for a job interview, as they’re sleek, chic and professional. Depending on how corporate the position is you’re going for, you might want to avoid prints and patterns completely.

Sharpen up

Every woman should have a sharp navy blazer in her wardrobe, and a job interview is the perfect time to rock yours. Whether you pair yours with a clean white shirt and grey skirt, or with a button-down blouse and tapered pants, a tailored navy blazer will serve you well when deciding what to wear to a job interview.

Make a statement

This might seem to go against our earlier point about keeping your look clean, but it doesn’t have to. Depending on the role and industry, a statement dress can add some extra oomph to your interview attire, ensuring you stand out in the process. A tasteful yet vivid colour such as teal or crimson will do the trick nicely, allowing you to skip the jewellery and other accessories as your dress will be bold enough.

Go classic

An LBD is a signature staple in your closet, and will serve you well when choosing what to wear to an interview. Classic and refined, a structured little black dress that skims the knee will keep all focus on your resume – while still oozing style and sophistication. If you opt for an LBD, perhaps add a more eye-catching hue through your clutch or heels. You want to look professional, but you don’t want to fade away into obscurity.

The final touches

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Once you’ve decided on an outfit, you’ll want to round off the look with the perfect finishing touches. Jewellery should be worn sparingly; nothing too bling. A simple necklace or bracelet will suffice, but avoid sparkly gems and crystals. When it comes to your footwear, a classic pair of pumps are perfect for striding into the boardroom. Depending on your ensemble, choose a pair either in a muted hue or a vivid colour to brighten up the look.

Whatever you decide to wear to your job interview, just remember to wear it with confidence. After all, it’s your skills and experience the employer is after – a killer frock and heels just seal the deal with style.

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