So after shooting countless emails and making endless calls to the HR, you’ve finally landed your dream interview. Congrats! But to score that job of your dreams, you need to ace this interview, which, if be truth be told, can be as daunting as a blind date. So you’ve polished your CV, prepared your responses to anticipated questions, and read everything you could find about said company. But there’s one more detail you absolutely cannot overlook. Your outfit for interview needs to be just right - stylish but not avant-garde, impressive but not distracting.
Ok, stop staring at your wardrobe in confounded wonder. We’ve put together 10/10 interview outfits for you, no matter what your profession. So there you go - one step closing to snagging that corner office. Go get ’em!
1. Corporate Interview
If you want to make it in the big bad corporate world, you’ve got to show them who’s the boss. And just because you need to dress formally, doesn’t mean it’s got to be boring. So yes, by all means, wear a pantsuit. Just leave the boring black one in the trial room. Opt for a sophisticated colour (no girly pink, please!). A skirt suit is a smart alternative too. Just be mindful of the hemline.
The creative field, say an advertising firm, lifestyle website, or digital agency, gives you more creative freedom to experiment with your outfit. A word of caution: that does not give you license to be sloppy! Keep your outfit fun and inventive, but definitely polished too. A skater dress with a smart necklace, or chambray shirt with black pants are great options. Pssst: don’t even touch that pantsuit!
The job market is all about start-ups these days. Remember this is a more hands-on, “roll up your sleeves” kind of setting - so you don’t want to look like Lil Miss Prissy. High waist pants with a breezy blouse should do the trick. Ditch the heels for cool flats and top off your look with oversized spectacles.
Feeling the pressure to nail the “ultimate fashionista” look? Well, you should. You don’t want to be sniggered at for “wearing your grandmother’s skirt”, or having walked in from “a hideous skirt convention”, do you? So whether the gig you’re trying to land is that of a fashion writer, stylist, assistant designer, PR/marketing rep or brand consultant, be prepared to walk the walk if you want to talk the talk! A midi skirt or culottes with a smart blouse, matching separates, printed pantsuit or palazzos with a crop top, and boyfriend blazer should do the trick. A word of caution, fashion folks detest in-your-face logos. So stick to all things subtle yet chic.
Whether you’re looking to land the lead role in a Bollywood movie, or your local theatre production, be sure to keep your look fuss-free. Your outfit should give you a clean slate and allow the casting director to visualize you playing the part. A soft hued shift dress should be perfect. Inject colour, if you wish to, by way of accessories. Go easy on the make-up too. And there’s no point in wearing heels if all you can do in them is wobble.