So you have a big interview coming up (in-person or virtual) and you have no idea what to wear! Well, I am here to help! Here are some tips and tricks for what you should and should not be wearing to your interview! Good luck and I hope you get the job or get accepted into your program! You got this!
What you should do:
Heels are ok. You can wear a tapered heel to an interview, just make sure it is under three inches high. If heels are not in the cards for you, then a nice ballet flat is the perfect professional shoe.
You can get away with not wearing a suit jacket. This is especially true in the summer months when the weather is warmer. No one wants to be a sweaty mess, especially if you hav a few nerves. You can wear a long sleeve, lighter colored button up with a trouser or skirt and still pull off a professional look.
Jewelry is fine, but keep it simple. I am the first one to say that you must accessorize, but it depends on the setting. For a professional interview, try to keep it simpler with studs or a single bracelet. If you do not own simpler pieces of jewelry, then going without is a good idea. You want to give off the right vibe.
What you should NOT do:
Wear casual clothes. Unless the company or school informs you that jeans are appropriate for the interview, you should air on the side of caution and always go with business casual. Jeans, gym shoes, sandals, or t-shirts are a no for interviews. You want to make a great first impression.
Chew gum. It is fine to throw a piece of gum or mint in your mouth before the interview, but make sure you spit it out before the interview. It does not look good if you are smacking while trying to discuss why you are the best candidate.
Look unpolished. Sometime I can be lazy when it comes to ironing, but this is one of those instances where it is imperative that your entire look be pulled together well. Make sure your clothing has no wrinkles, or any visible spots and stains. The more polished you look the better. Again, first impressions are everything.
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