There are a lot of necessary steps when preparing for a job interview: researching the company, looking up the profiles of the people you will be meeting with, and picking the appropriate outfit. But if you’re a woman, you’re probably also stressing about your attire. Instead of spending hours stressing about what to wear to an interview, use these helpful tips to select your perfect interview outfit:

  1. Dress Code: If you aren’t sure what to wear to the interview ask the HR manager or recruiter what the dress code is like at the office and dress accordingly. If the job is as at a skateboarding company, a suit probably won’t go over well. If you know the office wears business attire, you can be sure to avoid mistakes like open toed shoes. When in doubt, err on the side of conservative.
  2. Minimal: Job interviews are not the place to show off your impressive collection of neon bracelets, instead aim for minimalist fashion statements that won’t distract the interviewer. Of course if you are being interview to be a fashion designer, this may not apply, but you get the picture.
  3. Comfortable for Sitting: Remember that the majority of the interview will probably be done with you in a chair, so consider the length of your skirt, how your pants feel after sitting in them for an hour, and how your top or jacket looks when bent at the waist. The last thing you want to do is focus on how uncomfortable you are instead of the interview questions.
  4. Prepared: It is always important to be prepared! Have an extra copy of your resume in a folder, and if you have an iPad keep your portfolio queued up to illustrate the type of work that you can do.

Here are a few outfit ideas to inspire your next interview outfit:

Modern Suit:

What to wear to an interview - Tasteful silver necklace to wear with a grey dress

Try a modern spin on the traditional suit with this grey dress, it is an appropriate length, and you can add a little pop color with this cute pink iPad case.  Don’t forget to accessorize with some simple jewelry such as this silver twig bracelet, a long silver necklace, and some dangly silver earrings. {Shop the rest of the look on Polyvore}


The Suit:


Formal interview outfit - Classic tri-gold necklace worn with a black suit

Not every job interview requires you to show up in a suit, but when it does, make sure you do it right. Pair a classic black suit with a nude or pastel top and a nice understated pair of gold disc earrings and tri-gold necklace. They will be the perfect accessories to this more formal look. {Shop the rest of the look on Polyvore}

Business Casual:

Business casual interview outfit - bright blue top with formal black pants

When dressing for a business casual interview you are treading into a fashion landmine! On the one hand you don’t need a suit, but you can’t wear jeans right? Instead opt for a pair of dress pants and a nice top that isn’t a button down. Don’t go all out on the jewelry, stick with simple yet fashionable pieces like these gold and black teardrop earrings and hammered gold pendant. {Shop the rest of the look on Polyvore}

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