Hello! So I know I said I would post this Monday (oops) , but the first week back to class has been crazy! We had to read 200 pages over break and write a two page reflective paper and I refused to do it over break. I wanted my break to be all fun so I would be nice and fresh for Fall Semester-probably not the best idea. Then we’ve been in class from 8-5 every day. But my goal is to prewrite a whole bunch of posts this weekend (along with studying).
But anyways, what to wear to the interview? Such a tough question but hopefully my tips will help out!
I’m going to preface this by saying two things:
- I’m not a guy, so guys you’re a little out of luck. I can’t really offer help on how you should pick out the suit, where to get them from, things to look for. But I can offer one piece of advice: go to a nice suit store (Brook’s Brothers, Men’s Warehouse, etc…) and ask them for help fitting you for a suit! They literally do it all day, so they know what they’re talking about. If you don’t want to spend that much, you can then take those tips and go to a different place.
- I’m on the conservative side of the spectrum on what to wear. Growing up, my mom had three rules that I still follow today in my daily life, and rules I definitely suggest for picking out a suit.
#1: makeup is to enhance your looks, not make a bold statement (unless it’s red lipstick, which should always be bold).
#2: The either or not both rule. If you’re wearing tight pants, wear a looser shirt and vice verse. If you’re showing a lot of chest, cover up your legs. If you’re wearing a short skirt, make the top be more conservative.
#3: If you feel uncomfortable in it, like you’re constantly pulling something up or down, it doesn’t fit and you shouldn’t wear it.
Okay, now on to the fun stuff: getting your suits. Here’s a couple of tips on colors, fit, fabric, etc..
- The classic color to go with is black. I chose not to go with black; I have three suits (yes, three) and they are navy, charcoal, and brown. I felt that black looked too “stern” and I did want some of my personality to shine through as well as stand out a little. However, all three of my suits are very neutral colored-which is SO IMPORTANT. Don’t go with some funky colored suit. You might stand out more, but most of the people interviewing you will be older and the older generations tend to be more conservative and less fashion forward.
- A con I did read about when researching navy suits. Most people claim that navy is the “interview” color and thus will only be worn at interviews and is less versital for the rest of your suit wearing needs. I don’t see this as being too much of a problem, you’ll probably have quiet a few interviews in your life.
- Your pants should not fit like a pair of jeans. If I look at you and can see what a nice butt you have, they’re probably too tight. You want them to be looser around your thighs and butt to stay on that conservative side of the spectrum. On the other hand, don’t make them too loose because you do want to still look feminine.
- The seam of your jacket’s shoulders should fall at the outside edge of your shoulder. If it goes below your shoulder, it’s too big. If it doesn’t hit that outside edge, it’s too small.
- The arm of the suit should end at your wrist joint. Don’t have it go long onto your hands or end above your wrist.
- The fabric is the tricky part. You want a fabric with enough structure that it doesn’t crease in your bags (you don’t want to have to worry about completely re-ironing your suit once you’re there, just spot ironing it). Buttttttt, you’re going to be nervous and going to sweat, so you want the fabric light enough to breathe. My advice, try on a bunch of suits to see the thickness you life
- Try to buy the suit together, don’t buy seperate pieces from different stores. You want the fabric to match, the style to match, and the colors to match (not all blacks are the same). It’s seriously just easiest to buy the suit all together! And some stores (like Ann Taylor) will have suits with different style pants to meet all the needs of the population, while still being part of a matching suit.
- DO NOT WEAR A NAVY AND BLACK MISMATCH SUIT. This might just be a pet peeve of mine, but I literally think it looks soooo awful.
- If you’re going to wear a skirt suit, make sure the skirt is long enough. Shoot for close to your knees. And watch the slit to make sure it doesn’t go too high
- So there are a couple of different options with the suit jacket in terms of buttons. As someone who is bustier, one button is better for me. But my friends who are more flat look better with 2 to 3 buttons. Try on different jackets to see what looks best.
- The front of the suit should be able to pull out a little bit, but shouldn’t be gaping open.
- You want the suit loose enough that you can move your arms
The shirt underneath
- If you go with a black suit, don’t go with a white shirt underneath. You’ll look like a penguin or a waiter, and your shirt is the perfect place to showcase that pop of color and personalities.
- The shirt should go up higher, no low cut tops under your suit!
- I personally always get hot at interviews (I get super nervous), so I like the wear sleeveless tops. There is no point to wearing a long sleeve shirt.
- I like solid colors under suits, but I saw plenty of people with a pattern. If you do go with a pattern, try to stick to something calm
- COMFY IS KEY. Most interviews will take you on a tour, even if they don’t state this in the email they send out.
- I love wearing heels for interviews, I’m already tall and I love that quality. I think it just makes me look more noticeable and gives me an extra boost of confidence.
- If you do decide to wear flats, get your suit hemmed if it is going to drag on the floor. You don’t want to spend all that money and let the bottom get flayed.
- I would stick to close toed shoes. Same rules to follow as if you were shadowing or working in an office
- This is NOT the focus of your outfit. Stay away from costume jewelry.
- I always stick with small, stud earrings.
- A watch
- Small necklace
The hair and makeup
- If you nervously play with your hair, pull it back. You don’t want to be fidgeting during the interview
- Actually do it. There are some great styles online that you can do that still look professional
- You’re makeup should be to enhance your natural beauty and not be overly heavy.
- This is not the time to try something new. If you want to do something new with your hair, try it out a few times before hand.
Suits are expensive, but you can definitely find them for a reasonable price! Check outlet malls (my navy suit is a jacket, skirt, and pants that I got for $60). I love Ann Taylor suits, but I also have a great suit from Macy’s.
When trying stuff on: ask the salespeople for advice! They see a ton of people in the suits and know whether it looks good on you (do take this advice with a grain of salt though). Do your hair and wear nude underwear the day of while you’re trying them on. It’s easier when you don’t have to imagine the suit with the “right” hair or undergarments.
Monday I PROMISE will be what to bring to the actual interview. On Sunday I have a new surprise for you guys, so keep an eye out