Recently, I have been going on a lot of job interviews. As a recent grad without a lot of money to blow on brand new business attire, I find myself staring at my closet for hours the night before an interview trying to decide what to wear. Is this shirt too low? Is this skirt too high? Ask no more! Here are a few tips to ensure you do not wear the wrong thing to that big interview!
Steer clear of:
1. Short skirts. Whenever I have a question of “is this skirt too short?” I employ the fingertip method. For an interview, your skirt should be at least two and half inches longer than where your fingertips fall. The skirt should cover your thighs completely.
2. Large patterns. If you have to ask yourself, “is this too busy?”, it most likely is. Try to stick to classic navy, black or gray.
3. Over the top jewelry. You can accessorize to brighten up your business look, but keep it to a minimum. Stick to one set of earrings, one necklace, one bracelet, one ring… you get the idea. You do not want your potential employer to be distracted by your “bling”.
4. Sunglasses on your head. Sure, it was sunny on your walk over, but you are inside now. Lose the sunglasses. Make sure you remove all your “outdoor gear” before entering the lobby.
5. Ill-fitting clothing. It is often hard to find pants that fit your height, but it is also very noticeable when your pants are too long. Make sure you take the time to get ill-fitted garments altered. It is definitely worth the money.
6. Patterned tights or bare legs. A job interview is the place for nude tights. Solid tights are also an option as long as they match your overall outfit.
7. Shorts. You’re not at the beach, or outside enjoying a spring day so ditch the shorts for this occasion. Stick to either pants, skirt or a dress.
8. Flip flops/sandals. Again, you’re not at the beach, you’re in a professional setting. Hide your toes. Even if you just bought a pair of stellar dressy sandals, opt for a close toed option instead.
9. Jeans. Just… please no. Jeans emit a causal feel that should be left outside of the office. At least until you get the job and have casual Fridays.
10. Over the top formal wear. You do not want to show up to an interview looking like you just left a wedding, a prom, or a funeral. Try to scout out what your potential colleagues are wearing prior to the interview. Take your style cues from them. Do dress more conservative and smarter than them but try to stick within their realm of office wear.
Lovelies, do you have any DO NOT wear tips for interviewees?