Post # 1
Hey Fellow Job-Seeking-Bees,
So today I have my first BIG interview since I graduated this Fall. By BIG, I mean it’s for a BIG company. I’m wondering two things: What should I wear AND should I, or shouldn’t I wear my engagement + wedding band? A little background, I’m entering the fashion/beauty industry at the national head office level (so outfit must not be too conservative).
This is what I had in mind for what to wear: Black mid-thigh flared out skirt with black tights and black booties, layer a white shirt with crochet collar and a grey wool sweater. Black wool coat on top of it all. What do you think?
Also, ring or no ring? It’s a touchy issue, I want them to give me a fair chance and not assume that I’m ready to pop out some kids….
Post # 3
Honestly, I’m not sure if even for a fashion industry interview I’d go mid-thigh on the skirt and booties on the feet. I’d swap out the flared mid-thigh for a to-the-knee black pencil skirt and swap the booties for pumps or some other heels that would look ok with tights. You can show your more current fashion sense AFTER you get the job. For interview looks err on the side of caution, i.e., professionalism.
Yes, absolutely wear your rings, why not? Don’t mention anything at all about your personal life unless you are ASKED. But wear your rings, if you show up the first day of work with rings on or a wedding pic of you and your DH they’ll think it was strangely false that you omitted wearing the rings for the interview. At least I would and I’ve interviewed hundreds of people by now during my years as a supervisor/manager.
And, GOOD LUCK!!! Can’t wait to hear all about it! 🙂
Post # 4
Definitely wear a skirt, but I agree w/ the PP – I have no fashion experience, but I feel like a job interview is a place for professionalism more than showing your fashion sense. I also think you can be fashionable without being just plain conservative. I like the idea of a pencil skirt and heels.
I also think that you should wear your rings. I wore my e-ring to an interview just now and got the job. Here’s my take on it – if the employer won’t hire you because they’re afraid you’re going to be popping babies and taking maternity leave, is that really a place you want to work anyway? I understand needing a job, but I wouldn’t want to work for a company that would discriminate against me because I’m wearing an eng/wedding ring.
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Post # 6
@LittleRiver: most intense interview EVER. They threw me a curve ball, interviewing me in French (I’m in Montreal) and asked me a lot of skill testing/technical questions. I’m not sure how I did since I was quite nervous and although I’m perfectly bilingual, I think in English, so on-the-spot questions are even more daunting.
I kind of wish it hadn’t been my first interview, and rather one that had occured when I had more interviewing experience!
Post # 7
@Petite_Fraise: WOW! Sounds hard but I’m sure you did great! I think the only reason they would go for intense interviewing like that is too make sure you are not “too good to be true” – from working in recruitment I know we did that when you wanted to test someone wasn’t lying about their “amazing” experience. What did you end up wearing out of interest and did they ask anything personal?
Post # 8
@ParisM: I ended up wearing a black pencil skirt, white collared shirt and black cardigan.
Today, I have another interview at another big company. Wish me luck!
Post # 9
I know sometimes you want to be more creative in the fashion industry but why not wear a nice black suit with an up to date blouse? I think a suit always shows that you are taking the position seriously, especially if it is on the business side of the company and there are fashionable suits which are much different from bankers suits.
Post # 10
@slicey19: Another problem is that, as a recent graducate, my professional wardrobe is slim. Therefore, no suit!