WHAT TO WEAR - WOMEN
Compared to men, women have a much wider range of options when it comes to choosing what to wear for interviews. Whilst this may sound like good news it can prove to be a burden, as the more choice one has, the greater becomes the chance of making a bad selection. But don't worry, there is advice and tips for interviews and interview attire at hand
Most women agree that when it comes to interviews it is usually better to wear something tried and tested. Of course it is tempting to go and buy a new outfit for the big day, but one of your main priorities should be comfort. Focus solely on the interview and not on how the new jacket looks with the skirt.
Advice for what women should wear to a job interview
- Women generally dress smartly for interviews. A suit is often recommended for more corporate jobs, but soften it by not wearing sharp collared shirts but choosing a rounded neck. There is a fine line between serious and stern.
- Do a dress rehearsal and ask friends for their opinion on your outfit. Get them to be completely honest with you while trying to see you from the point of view of an interviewer. Naturally, friends will not want to hurt your feelings but, on this occasion, brutal honesty followed by getting the look right is far more important than sparing a few emotional bruises and getting the outfit wrong.
- The phrase ‘less is more’ is commonly applied to how dressing for interviews. This should not be interpreted as “the fewer clothes the better” but overdoing makeup, jewellery or perfume could be distracting for the interviewer. Jewellery should be kept to a minimum and only add to the overall image in order not to distract from what you are saying. Makeup can be used but sparingly. Overdoing perfume is also not recommended.
- With regards to footwear, some will always go for heels for interviews. Whilst this can look smart ensure they are heels that you are comfortable in and know how to walk in. Not being able to walk or falling over in front of your future colleagues will not leave a good impression.
- No matter the job try and subject your outfit to the ‘standard’ test. Ultimately you are applying to a company where, as an employee, you wish to blend in and not stand out. Trying to do too much can be detrimental to your success; you will be remembered as the one with the bright pink hat and not the one with the right answers.
- Never wear low cut tops or short skirts. Neither will get you the job.