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Interview Ready

This is a great post by local image expert Megan Kristel

Published October 24, 2013 | By Megan Kristel
Interview Ready

Casual:  Snow Blanket Jacket, Nic+Zoe ($248),  Jodie Trouser, L.K. Bennett ($235), Pointed Flat, Zara ($36), Leather Shopper, Zara ($229), Grey Moonstone and White Topaz Ring, Blue Nile ($129), Sterling Silver Round Thin Hoops, Target, ($15)

Creative:  Sheath Dress, Adrianna Papell ($120), Modern Blazer, Madewell ($168), Lottie Pump, Kate Spade ($328), Hamilton Tote, Michael Kors ($360), Northern Star Cabochon Ring, Elizabeth and James ($150), Pyramid Pave Stud, CC Skye ($150),

Professional:  Gabe Jacket, Theory ($410), Max Urban Pant, Theory ($275), Tie Blouse, H&M ($16), Natalie Pump, Ivanka Trump ($110), Lafayette Tote, Cole Haan ($398), Debutante Pearl Stud, Henri Bendel ($48), Diamond Accent Bracelet Watch, ESQ Movado ($595)

Interviewing can be a tricky thing. Aside from nerves, anxiety, and the general uncomfortableness they entail, you also have to worry about what to wear. Even the most anti-image, take-me-as-I-am-attitude-filled individual knows you really have to step it up when it comes time for your job interview(s). Times have changed since my first interview right out of college.  I’ll never forget it. I had on my 4 button black pant suit and I sat in the lobby next to 10 other young women, in the exact same suit, shiny black pumps, and perfectly-sleeked-back hair. We were in standard uniform…and we were interviewing for a job in fashion.

Times have certainly changed. Our dress is a way to communicate that we understand the expectation of an organization and the culture. With so many different kinds of environments, I created an idea for the three most popular:  Casual, Creative, and Professional. Use this as inspiration, understanding that there are options for every budget and body type.

A lot of my friends are HR executives. When I spoke with them about their experiences, across the board they said that the biggest mistake they see is arriving too casually.  They have seen everything, including people in hoodies, t-shirts bearing inappropriate sayings, and, my personal favorite, pajamas.As a general rule, when in doubt, go professional. If the job edges on creative, add some accessories, or swap out a classic pump with something more interesting.

In researching the company, look at their website, read what they say about themselves, and check out the head-shots they post of their team.  Are they buttoned up and suited, or relaxed and open? Does the team work in an open space, or are they separated by offices?  Finally, read their social media.  Look at their LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.  There is a wealth of information available that can give you insights on how they hope you will arrive.