Tuesday, April 17, 2012

How to: Dress for an interview

After a decade in post-secondary studies, April has always been a time of transition, whether it was from one degree to the next, or from class into a summer job. And finally, like so many others, I am finally leaving my student status behind - and starting a *paid* career in post-secondary schooling. Since I've had a number of interviews over the last few months, I thought I would compile a basic: "How to get a job - without losing your style"

Professional / Corporate Interview - Traditional Suit
I'm all about climbing the corporate ladder, so I have 3 or 4 suits. Lately, my black pinstripe one has been my favourite. Red with black seems to be classic power colours, but adding a brooch, or a scarf can help make you feel a little more "you".

Professional Interview / Corporate- Separates
If you can't afford a suit, don't despair. There are many ways you can pull separates together. The key is to stick with a colour palate with one pop of colour. I also strongly suggest including one vest, blazer or item in tweed.

Semi-professional, creative, or second interview

I still advocate using structure, but you can certainly show more personality in these situations. While you do have more freedom with colour, don't go overboard. Keep "odd" colour combinations (like the wine and the orange) separated by a neutral.

While I've arranged the pictures from most to least formal, remember its always best to be over dressed than under dressed. If in doubt, go for the suit with a nice blouse under it - if you show up and feel really overdressed, you can always remove the jacket.


  1. Yes! I think a suit or at the very least a blazer is a powerful look for an interview. I have almost always gotten the job when I've worn my "lucky" suit, lol!

  2. These are great tips! I think my favorite of all of these is the gray dress with the pops of red. You look amazing in every single one though!

  3. I always wear a full suit to interviews. Now that I work from home, my style is much more relaxed and creative. Yoga pants are business casual, right? :)

  4. My fav looks are the two on the right under second interview. I like the shapes of the skirts and how the jackets bring structure to the looks. And omg that beige skirt!

  5. See, if I hadn't been so far behind on blog reading, my question may have been answered for me! So, you suggested a pencil skirt/cardi combo. I think - bare legs? It's supposed to be close to 80 on Friday. I think it will be okay if a) the skirt is knee-length, no shorter and b) I wear closed-toed pumps. Thoughts?


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