Thursday, 28 August 2014

Dressing for interviews


Whilst blogging over the years, the one question i have been asked by lovely readers and also brands is:
What would be your work/interview style?
I actually wear a uniform in my day job so to me this isn't an event i dress for everyday. I have however attended my fair few interviews over the years whilst searching for jobs, which can be quite the feat.
The what will i wear question is obviously the first thing that comes to my mind when i first get the interview (because i am of course that person, not surprising really as i run a style blog) but getting dressed for an interview is one of much thought.

I have thought of the 3 examples i have come across over the years which i hope will be useful for anyone navigating the job search mine.
White shirt contemp


Contemporary interview style gives you the scope to show a little of your personality in the form of your outfit. I love to reflect my personality/mood in my outfits, and for this type of job interview this can be appropriate. If you know the dress code for the work place allows for a bit of expression in the form of outfits then it can work for your interview outfit too. Think PR, Arts and the likes and here you will have the opportunity to dress to impress with your own added flare! Let your personality shine through with some fun accessories too.



corporate- white shirt

I always find when you are interviewing for a more corporate role such as http://www.citycalling.com/h/sectors/transport-jobs/575/, office based work and the likes of, a business suit is always the best way to go forward.
A classic white shirt will be your best friend here. Also a comfortable, well fitting suit is key.
 Whether that be a skirt of a suitable length (knee length here is most important) or a pair of excellent fitting, flattering suit trousers (no jeans here unfortunately girls).
To wear this suit you need to exude confidence. Trust me it helps fill the suit, otherwise you will feel like you are walking around in your mums hand me downs, which is not a good look.
Well fitting + confidence = Excellent interview outfit


White shirt-smart

Previously i have had casual interviews/meetings over coffee. This is where you don't want to overdress for the situation but you still want to put your best foot forward, in the best possible shoes of course. I like the idea of smart/casual.
Tailored ankle grazer trousers, a small kitten heel with a pop of colour, your classic white shirt and a smart blazer. This look could successfully take you through many a first meeting, showing off your accessible smart and on trend style.
This look is possibly my favourite and i would wear this for coffees on a Saturday with the girls quite happily!

So there we have it , my interview attire for all eventualities.
When looking for a job do you think of what outfits you would wear? 
Do you have a standard interview outfit?





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5 comments

  1. Oo, great post! I always struggle in my field (psychology) because we're not meant to look at all 'corporate', we're supposed to look approachable and sympathetic first and foremost! I love your suggestion of 'smart', that feels along the lines of what I would wear (in my head, but don't actually own!!). I usually go for a plain black jersey wrap dress, but am aware that I am definitely missing that perfect interview dress. The hunt continues... P x

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  2. I absolutely adore the smart outfit. In teaching, I think there's a pressure to dress corporate for an interview which is strange as I'd wear any of these outfits for a day at work xx

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  3. I love all of your ideas here Rachel! I'm planning a return to work soon & this will come in most helpful! The smart look is my total fav & I think I need to start gathering these items! How do you like/cope with wearing a uniform everyday? xx

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  4. All of these are great interview outfit ideas! I love getting inspiration for non-boring interview outfits. Great post!

    Jamie | PetitePanoply.com

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