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For the past few weeks, I've been pining for a summer job to earn some money before I go back to school in August. I've had a couple of scheduled interviews, and I know I personally had no clue about what to wear. After scrolling through Pinterest, I came to the conclusion that it doesn't have very much helpful information on this topic. So, to keep others from having the problem I've had, I've decided to make a post about it on my own.
The first key to looking the part for your interview is making sure you feel confident. Personally, it helps me to do my makeup and curl/straighten my hair. You don't have to completely doll yourself up, but make sure you're feeling yourself. If you feel like crap, you likely aren't going to be able to reach your full potential when answering questions. Another important note is to not go over the top with your makeup. You probably don't want to do a full smokey eye for a job interview, especially if the employer prefers for employees to wear simple, natural makeup. My go-to is a light brown in the crease with either gold or champagne eyeshadow on your lid. This is simple, but still adds some sort of glimmer/glow to your face.
1. This outfit was the one I wore for the two interviews I've had this month. The shirt was loaned to me by my mom, so I don't know the store it came from, but it is my favorite shirt for anything that I have to look nice for. The pants are the Winnie Pant in Stretch Twill from J. Crew Factory ($69.50 ; currently on sale for $44.50). They're sort of pricey, but I've had them for 3 years and love them. I have both the black and navy pairs, both of which go with this outfit. The shoes are from Goody's. I purchased them last year because I needed black heels for graduation. They're no longer in stock, but any black heel/shoe will work. You don't have to wear heels to look nice at an interview. To be confident, you just need to be comfortable.
2. Dresses are another option for interview attire. These dresses should be professional, but not overly formal. You also want to make sure these dresses aren't too revealing. You want to make sure you get the job for your skill set and what you can bring to the company rather than for your body. This blue dress is an example of a sleek and stylish dress that is also professional. It may be pricier than you would like to be at $98, but there are plenty of other stylish and professional dresses at different price points, like this black one at $49. You shoes can be heels or flats as long as they are professional and clean cut.
3. A blazer and pant combo will always be a winner for interviews. It makes you look professional and put together, which is exactly what employers want from a potential employee. I'm unable to post a picture, but these navy and white dot pants from Banana Republic are adorable and youthful, but still professional. They are normally $98, but are currently on sale for $68.50. You can really wear any nice pants that you have. The J. Crew Winnie pants mentioned earlier in this blog post would work as well. Like most interview-worthy clothing, blazers can be very expensive, but it's important to invest in a nice one if you see yourself wearing it often. This J. Crew Cotton suiting blazer comes in navy and white and would go with the pants linked above. It is normally $158, but is currently on sale for $109. Any white, yellow, or red blouse would go with this particular outfit. This white button-up blouse from Express would look nice with it, and is $59.90.
Whatever you wear, it is most important to make sure you feel comfortable and confident. You can be professional while still putting your own style and flare into what you wear. Just make sure you are polished, clean, and confident, and you are likely to make an A on the attire section of your interview!
Good luck with your interviews, ladies! You've got this!