Dress the Part:
Some work cultures are formal while some are of the more laid-back variety. Take note of this and make sure your interview attire matches or goes a little above the company dress code you’re hoping to work for. So for a predominantly business casual workplace you could dress to impress and for a casual workplace you can get away with wearing a more business casual ensemble. The goal is to fit in the work environment while standing out just enough to get noticed.
Classics Conquer All:
You can never go wrong with the classics. I’m talking about those closet staples that are still as flattering and reliable now as they were 5 years ago. Ladies that means button-downs, trousers, pencil skirts even a simple A-line dress. Fellas look no further than a button-down, trousers and a blazer or jacket. These simple pieces are easy to dress up or down accordingly and are a safe bet for any interview.
Don’t Get Lost in the Crowd:
While you should maintain an air of professionalism with proper attire, it won’t hurt to give yourself a little edge. I’m not saying go crazy and wear your favorite band t-shirt under that blazer, but you can definitely experiment with some bold colors or an exciting print. Ladies try pairing a bright blouse with a neutral skirt and blazer and fellas think about bringing out a printed tie. Adding in these little details will set you apart from the rest of the crowd and keep you in the front of their mind.
A Little Bit Goes a Long Way:
Don’t forget the little things, details matter more than you might think. Being well groomed and accessorizing well will take you a long way. So take some time to make sure your hair is neat, your nails are trimmed, and your clothes are clean and pressed. As far as accessories go, try to avoid anything too flashy or distracting. You want to impress yourself upon the employer not overpower them with your presence.
College Avenue reporter Nichole Leicht can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Look for the Interviewing Guide issue of College Avenue on racks Mar. 12!