I don’t claim to be a fashion blogger and I never will; however, seeing as this is a communication blog and what you wear says anything before you do, I may from time to time discuss fashion (all the while never claiming to be an expert.)
What to wear on an interview is one of life’s most classic career questions. Your non-verbal communication during an interview is just as important as your verbal communication. My perspective is that of a PR girl, working at an agency in Portland, Ore. Here’s one outfit suggestion:
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No matter where you live or what job you’re interviewing for, there are a couple of rules you should stick to:
Your research should guide your outfit selection. You should know the company you’re interviewing at well enough to confidently put together an interview outfit. Research the company’s Facebook page and look for photos of employees. What are they wearing? Who are their clients? Which neighborhood are they located in? Are they a global or boutique agency? Look on LinkedIn to see if you may know someone who works there who’s advice would be helpful.
Less is more. This goes for jewelry, and all accessories for that matter. You want to be remembered for something you said, not something you wore. Also, don’t wear jewelry that makes noise when you move your hands. It is too distracting and some people find this irritating.
Don’t dress like you need the job and don’t dress like you don’t. If you are the proud owner of this season’s new Prada heels, don’t wear them. In Portland it is possible to overdress. Also, in this economy, people are losing their jobs left and right and many are desperate. What if the person before you was well-qualified, but modestly dressed and then here you come in, fresh out of college in your Prada heels. See my point? Now, with that said, show you care. Be well-groomed, freshly-showered and dress professionally and respectfully.
Dress like you’re there for a job interview. Who cares if the guy who gives you directions to the front desk is cute! You are there for a job interview. Keep the main thing, the main thing. This means: no cleavage, closed-toed black heels and a sensible tote to carry your portfolio, notebook (and pen), AP Stylebook (for a possible writing test) and copies of your cover letter and résumé.
Feature one subtle statement piece. In my example this would be the purple skirt. It is not distracting, but it catches your eye. It is not overly done or obnoxious, but it is memorable.
Putting together an outfit for an interview is important and shouldn’t be overlooked. There are a variety of things that make up a first impression: your expression, your scent, what you say, body language, ect. The first is only visual, your outfit.