The interviewing process can be an exciting and stressful time. Naturally, you want to make a good impression and land a great job. You wait many long days and even up to weeks to hear back from the company. Finally, you receive the email asking you to come in and be interviewed. You feel excited, hopeful and proud at first, but then the panic settles in and you go into planning mode. What in the world do I wear? Do I buy a whole new outfit? Do I play it safe and dress conservatively? There are many things to consider when deciding how to dress for your first big impression. Figuring out what to wear is the last thing you want to be stressing about going into your interview.
The first thing you want to take into consideration when choosing an outfit is the type of position you applied for. There is a huge difference between styling yourself for a cashier position and styling yourself for an office position. You will want to do some extensive research on the company before coming in for your interview. If you are interviewing for a corporate position, in most cases, you should play it safe and wear something more conservative and simple, such as a black pantsuit, or knee-length skirt and blazer. However, say you are interviewing for a fashion styling position, you would want to show off your personal style and wear something a little more exciting like a dress with a fun print and some chunky heels. If you are still struggling after your research, depending on the company, you could do some extra digging on their website and try to find photos of employees to reference what they wear to work.
Making a great first impression is very important during an interview. Making sure you look professional, well-groomed and excited is a foolproof way to ensure you make a good impression on your interviewer and show them you are serious about working for them. That being said, don’t forget to have your nails done, deodorant and perfume/cologne on and minty-fresh breath; every little detail matters. Presenting yourself as professional and well-kept will show your interviewer that you are poised and self-assured.
Confidence is key in all aspects of life, but especially in an interview. You are sure to impress your interviewer if you speak boldly and knowledgably about their company. It’s always a plus if you look and feel confident as well. You will only look and feel good in what you wear if you wear it confidently. Go pick out an outfit you adore and feel amazing in, walk into your interview with your head held high and leave your interviewer so impressed they are practically begging you to work for them!
The PATTERN interns have curated a look-book of examples of what we would wear to different types of interviews for your reference below! Good luck, we hope you get the job!
Photography intern, Danielle Barry, wears a classic trouser and blouse that creates a professional and chic look that is sure to impress any interviewer.
Event management intern, Ashley Crain, wears an edgy, yet professional skirt and tee with sneakers suitable for an interview with a fashion-forward company.
Photography intern, Madison Page, wears a contemporary outfit with a statement-making skirt, creating a balanced, professional and stylish interview outfit.
Photography intern, Carl Nelson, wears a modern twist on the standard button-up shirt and pants accompanied by fashionable and classic retro sneakers.
Journalism intern, Landess Hutson, wears a stylish version of a button-up and cut-off denim jeans that would be reasonable to wear to an interview with a fashion-forward company interview.
Journalism intern, Tristan Schilling, wears the classic and professional suit that is sure to impress any interviewer at any type of company.