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Job Interview Style – Take 1

Interview Style

Maybe you’re a recently graduated student hunting for that first ‘real’ job or a middle-aged business woman looking to switch careers. No matter what stage of life you’re at or what industry you work in there are some basic interview style standards to adhere to. We know it’s been said over and over again, but we’re going to say it one more time. Employers usually know whether they’ll hire someone within the first 30 seconds of the interview. This means that quite often, major hiring decisions are based largely on superficial factors instead of the actual qualifications of the individual being interviewed. That being the case, it’s importance to put your most stylish foot forward during the interview process.

Over the next few months we’ll be giving styling tips for specific interview scenarios. This week we’ll be styling a young graphic designer for her first job interview since graduating college. She’s been called in to interview for a small graphic design company who contracts their workers out to various big name companies. The office is small, with a casual, coffee shop feel to it. The dress code is laid back and casual. What should our nervous design graduate wear? We’ve come up with three stylish and appropriate interview looks for her.

Interview Style

 Top: Dorothy Perkins / Jeans: Sass and Bide / Jane Norman / Purse: Burberry London / Lipstick: Topshop

Look #1: Are you shocked by the patterned skinny jean? Don’t be! Incorporating pattern into a monochromatic outfit like this allows you to inject a little personality while still looking polished and professional.

Interview Style

Top / Jacket / Paneled Pencil Skirt / Heels / Shoulder Bag / Necklace

Look #2: This ensemble is a little more formal, but brings a fun punch of color through the fitted skirt. Pair a bright skirt with a looser, neutral blouse to balance out the look, and throw on a cropped jacket to keep the look professional. Because the skirt draws the most attention, we suggest finishing it all off by slipping in a pair of simple low heels.

Interview Style

Dress / Purse / Heels / Bangles

Look #3: The whole point of a n interview is to get noticed (in a good way), and no one will forget our design graduate in this emerald green dress! Keep it sophisticated with matte black heels, simple jewelry and a practical messenger bag.

In this scenario the company is known for its casual environment, so it’s perfectly fine for our young graduate to tailor down her outfit a bit without risking looking unprofessional. It’s a good idea to keep things structured, but also to get a little creative with pattern, texture and color!