You graduated, you’re on the track to graduation, you’re looking for an internship, you’re making a career move or you have finally decided to go back to work. All of us experience the stress and pressure of finding a job, regardless of where we stand in life. Imagine you’ve found your dream job (or at least something you think you’ll enjoy most of the time... let’s stay realistic here), you’ve applied and they've invited you to interview. What now? Of course researching the company in important, but it's just as important to know how to present yourself, and that's where this blog comes in. Brace yourself, I will be prepping you college-style on what to wear to an interview. I’ll be showing you some interview outfits you can draw inspiration from (or simply copy) to make sure you dress to impress!
Not sure what to wear to an interview? Fashiola's tips will help you out.
The common go-to: the interview dress
You surely must have one hanging in your closet, and if you don’t, then hurry up and get one, because the interview dress is a classic. It's easy to style, has a fashionable yet serious vibe about it, and last but not least, it flatters every kind of body shape. You just have to find the one that fits your personality and style best. Once you’ve found your dress, you can easily mix & match with heels and cardigans or blazers to finish off your look. Don’t forget to add some jewellery, but keep it low key. Check out the interview dresses I’d wear below or have a look at our work dresses category for more options.
What to wear to an interview that will make a bad-ass impression
If you’re not much of a dress person, and you’re up for a bit of a styling challenge, you might as well go for it and try an interview suit. It might be a little bit out of the box for you, but it will make a lasting impression, I promise! Try a ready-to-wear interview suit or discover new possibilities and make it as close to your personal style by mixing and matching blouses, formal trousers and blazers. A suit creates a fantastic base that gives you so many options when creating interview outfits and you can style it differently each time to make it perfect for each interview.
Try wearing a skirt to your interview
If you’re not a pants kind of girl and you’re not that enthusiastic about dresses either and you’re stuck on what to wear to an interview, here’s another variation of interview outfits to try: the skirt and blouse combo. It's just as professional looking and fashionable as the other options, as long as you style it well. Make sure to wear a proper blouse, one that screams ‘hire me!’, and an over-the-knee skirt (pencil skirts are a great candidate). A blazer here is just as important, and needs to correspond well with the skirt for a complete look. See below how I would style a skirt for an interview.
It can be very tricky to find appropriate interview outfits and to know what to wear to an interview that will make a lasting impression (besides, you know, your knowledge and skills). My favourite is the interview dress, but if you’re a bit more out of the box you can have a look at the interview suit, it will definitely bring out the girl boss in you. And if you’re not sure about those two options, you can always go for the safe skirt-blouse-blazer combination. Whichever style and outfit you choose for your interview, make sure you are well prepared!
Go out there and be the ultimate girl boss you know you can be! Good luck!