(We’ve got another guest post today! This time fellow LA fashion blogger Stephanie from The Loudmouth shares her take on professional wear. Her own fun aesthetic paired with her working knowledge come together for a fantastic post. Enjoy!)
I work at Ann Taylor and the one question I hear over and over is, “I have an interview coming up — what do I wear?” This is something that I’m sure we’ve all had to deal with at one point or another, including myself, so I’m excited to present my thoughts and ideas on the subject. There are a few simple steps one must take when putting together the perfect interview outfit!
STEP ONE: Before you go shopping for a new suit, do your research. What type of company are you interviewing for? What’s the job setting like? If you’re interviewing at a bar, you’ll want to wear something different than if you were interviewing at a bank. If the company has a website, I strongly suggest scoping it out for photos. If it’s a retail company like AT, you’ll easily be able to find outfit ideas and see what the current trends and colors are! If it’s a customer service place where you’re allowed to go and roam the premises, I think you should. If it’s an office setting, probably not! But visiting will give you an even better idea of what to wear.
STEP TWO: After researching, think about what you’ve seen — then think about what the district manager would wear. Yep, that’s right. You want to dress like you’re in charge! You’ll exude confidence before you even speak. How do you do this? I would suggest taking an outfit that you would normally wear to the job and dressing it up even more. If you visit the restaurant you’ll be interviewing at and the staff is wearing jean shorts and flip-flops, by all means, DO NOT wear that. Instead, wear skinny jeans, heels and a blazer. Still casual, yet chic!
STEP THREE: Shop your closet before hitting the mall. What do you already have? Chances are, you have a few pieces you could wear and just need to add a couple things. Everyone has a nice pair of black pants! (And if you don’t, go pick up a pair. Like, now. Get off the computer.)
STEP FOUR: Finally, time to shop! Now that you’ve done your research, shopped your closet and thought of ideas, you’re ready to go. Think about what you need and what you could also use for future interviews. You might get called back for a second one!
STEP FIVE: Try the interview outfit(s) one last time before the big day. I would suggest giving yourself a full 24 hours just in case something doesn’t work out and you need to get one more piece! Sit, stand, pose in front of the mirror… how do you look? Like you already have the job? Good.