What to wear for job interview?

posted 2 years ago in Career
  • poll: What would make the best interview outfit?
    Black pencil skirt with dark purple blouse and black heels : (11 votes)
    24 %
    Light gray pencil skirt with black button up and black heels : (15 votes)
    33 %
    Black pencil skirt with navy blue shirt and black heels. : (6 votes)
    13 %
    Black pencil skirt with floral blouse with front tie and black heels : (9 votes)
    20 %
    blue pencil skirt with floral blouse and nude heel : (3 votes)
    7 %
    Something else... please explain : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 18
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    3282 posts
    Sugar bee

    I don’t think the blazer fits well and makes you look uncomfortable vs confident. The dress length is fine.

    Post # 19
    Member
    433 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2017 - State Park

    You don’t need to wear a suit – even if it were winter. You’re talking minor differences in outfit and a hiring decision has never once come down to wardrobe as long as you’re dressed professionally. The girl who wears a blazer or is particularly on point with her blouse are not going to get the job over you because of their attire. I’ve sat on plenty of search committees for the state agency I work for. Let me assure you that I am not choosing candidates to advance based on their outfit. 

    Everything you’ve suggested would be fine and appropriate. Don’t over think it. And don’t let people from different fields talk you into over dressing. 

    ETA: Could you pair the dress with a cardigan and coordinating necklace? (Dress & cardigan are my interview go-to… I feel comfortable and therefore confident in that combo and that’s ultimately what you’re going for.)

    Post # 22
    Member
    119 posts
    Blushing bee

    I voted for the floral shirt before I saw the picture of it…I do think it’s too casual. I think I would go with the purple shirt and black skirt, with understated jewelry now. Or the black shirt with grey skirt as a 2nd choice. 

    Post # 24
    Member
    1479 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I work for the State of Oklahoma and interviewed with two different agencies. A suit borders on over dressed. I wore slacks and a printed top and a cardigan to both interviews and was offered both jobs. I now work in an agency that allows jeans year round. Woo!

    Feel free to PM me if you have specific questions. 

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