Find your perfect job interview outfit in these industries
Whether we like it or not, fashion and how you physically present yourself matters when it comes to landing your dream job. Your job interview outfit is your first impression and we all want to make a good first impression on a job interview. Having your closet ready with job interview outfits can help take a little pressure off an already stressful situation. Here are some tips for your job interview outfit in 5 different industries. Good luck!
1/ A creative job
f.e. writer, editor, graphic designer
When you apply for a creative job your interview outfit can reflect your creative side. A pitfall is that you want to show too much personality. A job in a creative sector doesn´t ask to show up in a suit, but don´t show up in something wild or trend-driven either. It is still a job interview. Tone it down as much as possible, kept accessories to a minumum and put your creativity in just one piece to level up your outfit. Not sure if the outfit is appropriate for the job interview? Try it on and see how people react.
2/ A client-based corporate job
f.e. law firm, real estate, PR, sales, marketing, accountant
Be well groomed for your job interview. Keep it classy and go for the less is more. Go for wel fitted tailored clothes. Conservative colors like navy, grey, black do it well. Keep it classy and go for the less is more (nothing too vibrant, bright or distracting). The same with your accessories. The attention must be on you, not on your clothes.
3/ A fashion job
f.e. fashion editor, buyer, stylist, designer, merchandiser, sales
A job interview for a fashion job doesn´t mean you should dress edgy or super-on-trend. Try to dress conform the job and company you are interviewing for without appearing in a runway ready outfit. You can keep your outfit simple but upgrade it with accessories like stylish shoes, a designer bag, statement necklace, etc. Of course go for one, max. 2 accessories and keep the rest simple. Also here the same rule, the focus is on you, not on your clothing.
4/ A finance job
f.e. banking, consulting, accounting, insurance
The financial sector is still very conservative. For your job interview you should definitely wear a tailored suit (with pants or skirt) in a dark color like navy or black. If you wear a skirt suit, your skirt must be knee-lenght or below. Wear the suit in combination with a white or light colored blouse or button down and keep your accessories the minimum (f.e. a watch). Here the rule is for sure less is more.
5/ A job in a start up
f.e. engineer, product manager, IT, communications
Start ups often have a young staff and maintain a collegiate atmosphere. So the danger is to be overdressed. Being overdressed, f.e. third piece suit, will give the interviewer the idea that you are looking for another environment that a start up. They also might think they cannot offer you what you want. For this job interview dark denim and a blouse can be already enough. Carry a blazer over it and you are ready for your job interview.
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