Interview Outfits! (HELP!)

posted 4 months ago in Career
Post # 2
Hostess
6707 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2019

morethanyesterday :  I wore a simple black dress and heels for my last interview (totally over dressed as it is a totally casual office, but for my position and for the fact it was an interview it was appropriate), can’t go too far wrong with a classic look and I would ALWAYS prefer to be overdressed for an interview than underdressed. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I agree with morethanyesterday. Black is always in. Nothing with a too much cleavage, you’re selling ‘yourself’ not your boobs/sex. Something cool but that is ‘desexed’. 

A black button up work shirt from Banana Republic with khaki form fitting pants and some closed toe pumps. 

Clean, ironed, no holes or tears. Simple jewelry if you are going to wear any jewelry. 

And of course a nice notebook and pen that you actually take notes in. 

Simple makeup, little to no perfume, and classic up do and/or neatly styled hair. 

If you want to show your personality, choose one piece that shows ‘you’. 

Good luck!

Post # 4
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836 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I’m starting a new position after 3.5 years with the same company next month and I was just as confused as you.  It was a two interview process.  For the first one, I wore a plain black shift dress to the knee and a cream cardigan, with low heels.  That seemed fine and I was invited back for the second round, but I noticed the interviewer was pretty artsy, both in her dress and the decor of the office.  And I got the impression she was looking for someone with a similar vibe.  So for the second interview I wore a retro cherry-print dress and a red lucite necklace/earring set.  She actually asked where I got the outfit and we chatted a bit about the local boutiques and designers.  She mentioned several times that I seemed very creative.  And I got the job.

So I think the safest thing is to go neutral unless you have a solid reason not to.  If you know something distinctive about who/where you’re interviewing, play to that.

Post # 5
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639 posts
Busy bee

 I’m thinking something along these lines maybe a nude pump and a cute bracelet or earrings 

Post # 6
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201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

This is what I wore last week. Slacks, nice material shirt, and jacket. Not too fancy, but still professional. Ignore the very comfy dog lol.

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Post # 8
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Sugar bee

morethanyesterday :  The PR/events/advertising industry gives one more leeway in terms of clothes than conservative, traditional fields; you can be “fashion”, take more risks. For your interview, I suggest striking a balance between the traditional – a good dose of  black, no prints – and the less conventional – details such as the neckline in the blouse below, and the cut of the jacket:

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

futurerosiehanson :  Your dog is so cute!  I love your outfit too – but DOGGY!  Boy or girl?  What breeds?

God, I wish my lifestyle accommodated dogs, but it just wouldn’t be fair to the dog to get one at the moment.

Missing the point completely, but DOG.

Post # 11
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904 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I personally would never interview in pants, but I also tend to interview with a lot of older men who will absolutely judge a woman in pants (I’m in pharma R&D). For a PR/events type of company, I think a nice work dress with a jacket is entirely appropriate! You could even do a skirt suit with a patterened shirt, or a mismatched skirt suit. Definitely wear some classic pumps. 

I always keep my jewelry pretty simple and no perfume of course. I also lay off bracelets because I talk with my hands and don’t want them jingling around. I just stay with my watch.

I have a couple of friends in HR and they ALWAYS advise interviewing in a skirt or a dress for women.  

Post # 12
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201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

xiexie :  Yayyy dogs! He’s a 4 year old (we think) American Staffy. We got him from the humane society almost two years ago now. He is the sweetest lovebug on the planet, but he definitely took some time getting used to the spoiled life–I don’t think he had ever been spoiled before. Now, he thinks he owns the bed, as you can clearly see.

He’s got his (little) big brother to keep him company while we’re at work. 

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Sorry to hijack the thread! Best of luck OP!

Post # 14
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498 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

futurerosiehanson :  AWWWWW I had two beagle sisters for my pitbull. They are both gone nowand muchly missed.

Post # 15
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639 posts
Busy bee

TinderBoxx :  cropped pants are in style right now, dual purpose if there’s a flood I suppose. Both posters with pictures also put up cropped pants so maybe we all live in a flood zone! 

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