What To Wear To My Interview?

posted 2 years ago in Career
  • poll: Which outfit?
    Dress, nude hose, boots : (0 votes)
    Dress, nude hose, heels : (0 votes)
    Dress, black tights, boots : (0 votes)
    Dress, black tights, heels : (0 votes)
    Black pants, nice top, no blazer : (18 votes)
    82 %
    Black skirt, nice top, nude hose : (4 votes)
    18 %
    Black skirt, nice top, black tights : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    1745 posts
    Bumble bee

    No to that dress. It looks like you are trying to show off the goods.


    Go with the nice top and dressy pants. Can you pop out and buy a cheap blazer? I think k it would be a good idea.

     Eta I think you should think about heels with the top/blazer/pants combo, rather than the boots.

    • This reply was modified 2 years ago by  Rappig.
    Post # 3
    42117 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    smilingowl88:  That’s a no.  You want to look more business like. Do you have any money to go to a consignment or thrift shop and buy a blazer to go with the black pants? Or maybe even a suit?

    Post # 4
    2054 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    + 1 No to that dress. Your boobs look like they are trying to break free from it.

    A black blazer is a MUST for an interview. Without it, you’ll appear unprofessional from the get-go. I would never think of going to an interview without wearing one. I’ve seen blazers at H&M on sale for $15 before. Also, pumps all the way.

    Post # 5
    2054 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    And I forgot to say good luck on your interview! 😀

    Post # 6
    2072 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    smilingowl88:  normally I wouldn’t advocate opening up credit cards and going into debt, but in  this case, if you genuinely don’t have money to spend on a new outfit and can’t borrow from anyone, I would suggest going to the mall- finding an appropriate professional outfit, and if need be- open up a store credit card acct to pay for it. A proper interview outfit it a must, for this interview and any others you may have. If your current wardrobe is too small, or ill fitting, please please please buy something new. It will be an investment in your future. 

    Post # 7
    15 posts

    Whatever you wear, be sure to feel confident and comfortable! For what it’s worth, I’ve never worn a blazer to an interview and I’ve been gainfully employed at a university and arts non-profits. I have also interviewed and hired recent grads and as long as they dressed and acted professionally, their exact outfit was never a consideration. It sounds like the black pants and nice top might be your best bet. As others mentioned, consider wearing pumps instead of boots. Good luck!

    Post # 8
    2072 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    smilingowl88:  I should’ve added- if you are in a really rough spot financially, you should look into organizations like Dress for Success. They may be able to help.

    Post # 9
    402 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    If you’re at the point where you’re applying for grown-up jobs, you need to own a suit. It doesn’t have to be expensive… Buy a cheap one and pay a little to have it tailored. You will save tons and look like a million bucks. Seriously though, it’s a necessary investment in the future.

    Post # 12
    894 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Get a suit for sure.  I actually found one for about $40 in the Kohls junior dept one time and while it definitely is a budget suit to anyone looking closely, it works just fine while being young and broke is acceptable 😉 

    Otherwise, what PP said.  Slacks (wide leg or trouser cut), silk tank or one that isn’t cotton, and a blazer.  If you absolutely can’t find a blazer or suit, do the slacks, shirt, and gently fitted waist-length cardigan in black or grey, whichever compliments the pants.  Also hose and heels.

    Good luck!

    Post # 13
    6964 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Eek, sorry, definitely do not wear that dress or the boots. It’s not a professional look. I’d do a nice loose fitting top with the black pants, with a heel or classy flat.

    Post # 14
    191 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    A week ago I wore black slacks and a long sleeved white shirt with black shoes. But it was cold in Australia 

    I got the job!! Hope that helps. 

    Post # 15
    2365 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Wear the black slacks and a nice blouse. See if you can find a charcoal blazer at a consignment store – matching blacks is never easy. Boots should be OK, as long as they’re covered. You could also do a nice cardigan, as long as it’s fitted properly – not slouchy and not tight either. 

    I hate skirts or dresses for interviews. I worry about it riding up or clinging where it shouldn’t, and it becomes a distraction. Plus, if you do a tour of the building, pants are much easier to walk confidently in, versus a pencil or fitted skirt.

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