Post # 1
Yey! I finally got a job interview!!! Been job hunting for 3 months. My last job interview my dress code was a bit of a disaster since the airline lost my luggage and I had to pull up something from scratch at a department store. (I don’t want to get into the details).
Anyways this is my first interview in NYC. I have been freelancing for over a year so I have am not used to what to expect in the professional world.
I would really like some advice from the hive what I should wear.
It’s a 30-50 people firm in the design industry…slightly big but not corperate. Serious but also likes good taste and being artistic…I want to look professional but not too boring…
I was reading tips online but I don’t know if they are too generic so I was wondering what you bees think.
-Dress? Bad idea? At first I was going to wear a dress but I was reading online that a dress is not appropriate for an interview. Is that true? The dress isn’t short but it’s a one piece with a belt in the middle. The neck is a bit drapy though. My SO said dresses will make me look too feminine and unprofessionl? Any thoughts?
-Pant suits with a simple shirt is the best option? Is it too coperate looking?
-Frilly, lacy feminine shirts? Is that also a no?
-I was reading that jewelery should be minimum….should I take off my rings? Or just wear my wedding band but not the e-ring?
-What should I do with my hair? I have long wavy hair that goes down the middle of my back and sweeping bangs.
Anyone working on the other side of the table (an employer or an interviewee)? Anyone seen successful candidates? Any advice appreciated! I really want to land this job!! So excited!! Thanks ladies!
Post # 3
I actually read a study that said a simple black dress (that you can dress up with a belt or scarf) is what most interviewers prefer to see on women. I don’t think you can go wrong with a pant suit though, but if you’re worried about looking too corporate, throw on a scarf or flower pin. You could also wear a jewel toned shirt or something with a small pattern to add interest to the suit.
As for your hair, I always wear mine in a low bun for interviews but that’s because I will fiddle with it if it’s down. However you wear it, just make sure it looks appropriate and clean.
Post # 4
I would always recommend a suit. You always want to be more dressed than what you would wear to work. It shows that you care about the interview and are trying. You can wear a nice suit and change up the shirt color, white shirts are nice but can be way too boring. In regards to jewelry unless you have a 10ct ring lol, wear it. Most people’s rings are really not that flashy. I would really jewlery that represents you, just don’t go overboard.
Post # 5
I think it’s smart to go with the overall feel of the company and industry it is in. For your situation, I wouldn’t wear a boring pants suit or a dress. I’d suggest wearing a nice professional pencil skirt with a dressy, tailored, unique top.
I agree that jewelry should be at a minimum. But I don’t think that means you have to take off your rings. Just don’t wear big earrings, necklaces, etc.
I’d wear your hair back somehow. Maybe a low ponytail or knot with your bangs swept to the side.
Just my opinion….but good luck!
Post # 6
In NYC, it totally depends on the industry, and sometimes going the pantsuit route can actually hurt you as opposed to helping. If it is something like advertising or anything creative like that you will need to be a bit trendier, and I think a black dress will work better.
If you have a black dress which you can dress up with a belt and you wear your hair in a bun, I don’t think you will go wrong.
Post # 7
I agree with the comments above. Pull your hair back to avoid nervous fiddling and choose something modest and professional, but not stuffy. I think a pant suit sounds too buttoned up for the job for which you’re applying. I would avoid lacy frills, but agree that a belt or scarf could give you a nice jolt of color or personality. I’d go with the dress, out of the choices you gave. Best of luck with the interview!
Post # 8
I would recommend a skirt suit. Depending on what looks best on you, probably a pencil skirt that hits right at or barely above the knees. If the place you’re interviewing is a little “hipper” go with a pretty blouse rather than a button-down shirt with it. You can wear both your e-ring/wedding band but lose other rings. Keep earrings relatively simple. As for hair, wear it up. Probably not a ponytail unless you can make it look sleek (which is hard with wavy hair i think). I’d go for some kind of twisty-up fashion like a loose bun or looser french twist. You don’t want to look like a librarian but you want to look put together and professional.
Post # 9
I’m an engineer, so your industry sounds a lot more creative than mine, but over the years I’ve learned that its better to be more formal and straight laced. I don’t think an employer would not give you a job because you look too professional. On the other hand, they might think you are not serious if you come dressed too trendy.
I think a dress would be fine as long as you wear a coat. But you can’t go wrong with a dark pant suit.
It’s definitely a struggle to mesh your personal style with an appropriate interview outfit, but I definitely think less is more. Ann Taylor has some nice feminie tops that you could wear under a suit to add a bit of personality and color. Cool shoes (I’ve got some red pumps) are my favorite way to add style to a formal suit.
Post # 10
I have a pretty fitted black suit jacket and skirt that I wear to interviews. I pair the jacket with a feminine blouse that has a few frills on the front. I usually don’t wear jewlery (apart from my e-ring). I just throw on a pair of black heels, grab my portfolio and I’m good to go!
I have wavy hair and sweeping bangs as well. It’s shoulder length though. I don’t like how I look in a bun, so I pull it back in a neat ponytail. I usually pin back my bangs since they tend to get wild and wispy at times; it gives me a more polished, professional look.
Post # 11
Do you have a picture of the dress that you would consider wearing?
From an interviewers point of view I am usually taken back when someone doesn’t care in wearing a suit, but I also don’t work for a design firm. Just make sure that if you are wearing a dress it is at least knee lenght, does not show cleavage, and it should cover you arms somewhat.
What about a black dress with a really cute jacket?
Post # 12
Since it’s a design firm, I’d er on the side of a little bit of fashionable with underlying corporate. It IS a job interview after all. Unless it’s for like, Vogue, ya know? Or something insanely trendy. All in all, place want to hire someone professional. Your work/portfolio will do the talking.
What about something like this? I love banana republic for a mix for “work chic”. I think a frilly shirt is fine if you wear a jacket or blazer. To me, an interview says “wear a jacket” so I think a pansuit with a fresh top and some earrings would be the way to go.
Stick with classic pumps also–not open toed. Something that is comfy enough to walk around in in case they show you around. You could even do color here I think and coordinate with a clutch or something.Or even boots if they are slim enough to hide under your pants.
In my industry, a classic suit is always best but engineering is kinda boring. I jazzed up my suit with a scarf and a bright shirt so I stood out a little. I don’t think anyone really cared, but I also didn’t feel like I blended in and I felt more put together than just the standard black-white combo. I would not wear a dress. It IS very feminine and you don’t know who is going to be interviewing you. I’ve been advised by recruiters that pants are always best.
I have long hair, too, and long hair is best off your face if it’s long. Long can scream “sexy hair!” and give you an overall sex appeal you want to avoid. It makes me look fliriter, especially if i mess with it, which i have a tendency to do. I’d wear it back in a classic french braid or a low bun or ponytail, maybe with a side part.
I have heard that jewelry should be minimum but for the msot part, unless you’re rocking a humongous engagement ring, I’d imagine you’re fine. Anything ‘average’ sized won’t be thought much of. But if it’s huge, it could be distracting for the interviewer. I dunno, I just dont’ think most people care enough to notice what their interviewer is wearing unless it’s really obvious.
Just my opinion.
Keep it Simple Chic =]
Post # 13
This is all great advice!
I really wanted to wear my favorite black dress but my SO pointed out that it’s a dress I would probably wear to a gallery openning or dinner with clients. It’s got a wide cut neck although no cleavge or shoulders shown but it’s a bit too much “neck”. Too trendy and sexy plus it has a split in the front….SO talked me out of it. If I can get a pic I’d post it to get your opinions.
My SO suggested maybe I should look at law TV series to get sence what professional women dress like.
From what you all mentioned it seems like being over dressed (let’s say a suit) wouldn’t do as much harm as being underdressed. It will be my first time to wear a suit!! Maybe I’ll check Ann Tayler or BR.
Luv the pic @ejs!!
Post # 14
I think is skirt suit is adorable. It’s professional looking with the jacket and skirt to the knee area. But it’s flirty with the shorter sleeves and a bit chunky necklace. I think you should cut your rings to just wedding and e-ring. Possibly a bright color button up shirt under the jacket. Try polka dots and skip the necklace? There’s a hundred possibilities with this staple.
Post # 15
From the way you describe the dress, I am not sure that it would be professional enough for an interview. Typically the more tailored the look the better for an interview. In my head I don’t equate “drapy” with tailored.
Post # 16
A dress with a slit in the front is definitely a bad idea as you do not want to give the wrong impression. I work in a very corporate field and would never dream of intervieing in anything other than a suit, but in another life I worked in creative fields and lost opportunities because I insisted on doing the suit thing. As a woman, there are a lot of looks that give you the formal feel without necessarily being a suit, and yes, overdressing can absolutely cost you a creative job.