Prepping for the interview that will land you that dream job can be nerve-racking. Here are some tips on how to nail your look and gain the edge on that all-important first impression.
Know the company inside and out, including the dress code, before you walk in the door. This will help you get a feel for the atmosphere and, ultimately, help you choose the perfect outfit. Even in a casual environment, you still need to dress professionally. Looking polished is key.
Fill in any gaps in your wardrobe.
Once you get a feel for the environment, you can invest in appropriate interview/work attire. Think of these purchases as an investment in your future. You don’t need an entirely new wardrobe—just two complete outfits in case you’re called in for a second round of talks. If you already have two interview outfits, great. If not, it’s always a good idea to invest in a crisp white shirt, a pencil skirt, blazer, classic pumps and understated jewelry. The name of the game is quality over quantity.
It really is all about the shoes.
Great shoes go a long way toward elevating your look. You don’t want anything too showy or too tall. Never underestimate the power of being comfortable. You’re able to concentrate, and you have more confidence (it’ll show in your walk!). That’s why investing in a pair of timeless black heels such as our PHILLO crepe elastic pumps is always a sure thing. If a kitten heel is more your speed, try the elegant RIMMA crepe sling-back pumps.
Pay attention to details.
First impressions are key. It’s important that your clothes are clean and pressed (extra points if they’re tailored) and that your nails look neat—filed and buffed or painted a neutral or dark color.
Don’t forget about accessories.
When it comes to accessories, simplicity is best. Avoid dangly earrings and arms full of bracelets—too much jewelry can be distracting. Simple, classic, age-appropriate accessories add pizzazz to conservative interview attire. No jewelry is better than cheap or loud jewelry. A chic watch lets everyone know you’re mindful of the time.
Add a personal element to your outfit—a monogrammed leather bag is always a nice touch. Navy or black are go-to colors when it comes to interviews. Stand out by wearing a bright accent color. It’s a great way to leave a lasting impression.