#CareerGoals : How To Dress For Interviews! January 18, 2018 – Posted in: Fashion, How to, Lifestyle – Tags: , , , ,

Hate to drop the bomb, ladies, but turns out the last semester that looked like a climb up to Mount Doom is actually not the toughest. Now you have to nail that job you’ve been prepping for the last couple of years. Your talk, affability and subject knowledge are imperative, but arguably your attire will also play a vital role in dictating the final outcome. First impressions are vital – what you wear creates a perception of the kind of person you are – even before you utter a single word and baffle them with your wisdom. Until then, you have to hit the bulls eye with your on-point interview outfit that is made to win.

PRO TIP – RESEARCH LIKE YOU’RE A DAMN DETECTIVE!

No kidding. You gotta do your homework on the company before you go on and pick the clothes for your interview. Dig into the company’s website, social media platform, check out a few team members (in a non-creepy way) so that you get a jist into the company culture. Know what kind of company you are interviewing for – is it a startup, a corporate, a fashion house, a law firm, a social sector organization? Once you know the company culture, picking the right outfit will be much easier task.

FOR THE STARTUP OR TECH INTERVIEW

We are living in a start-up culture and seeing a massive dropdown of traditional MNCs. A startup is relatively more relaxed when it comes to dress code and company culture. The majority of employees of startups are college graduates or young professionals in their late twenties and early thirties. You don’t have to wear a powersuit for startup interviews. Wear something fun but not too laid back – like a midi skirt with a polo necktop or graphic tee with formal pants and trendy shoes. Keep in mind that your clothes are not a distraction but a silent yet powerful representation of your persona.

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FOR THE FORMAL CORPORATE INTERVIEWS

Keep it clean. We all know that the traditional corporate dress code is black pants and white blouses but don’t be scared a curve away a little and think out of the box. Wear colours that are calming like pastel blue formal cigarette pants teamed with crisp white shirts. If getting a tailor made suit is too much of a task, then look for structured pants that are formal but fun. For instance,  plaid trousers and ruffled blouses.

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FOR FASHION/CREATIVE FIELDS

If you’re interviewing for fashion magazines or entertainment houses, then there are more chances of you being stressed out. But the key is plain sailing : Focus on details. Keep your outfit stylish, trendy but simple so that noone is distracted by your outfit and you don’t look like you’re trying too hard. These folks are probably up-to-date with the latest trends so here’s your chance to show that you are too – without screaming out loud. Wear a sobered down version of the trends – like a checkered power suit and minimal jewellery. A simple blazer teamed with the perfect shoes.

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FOR NON-PROFIT ORGS

A semi casual look is the safest bet for NGOs and the social sector. You don’t want to look too polished or fancy nor do you wanna look like you’re ready to go on a field work that very instant. A nice button up shirt with cotton pants or a plain shift dress with comfortable shoes should buy you the corner office by tomorrow. You don’t need to sacrifice style for hard work.

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BE YOU.

As cliche as it may seem, the last and the most important thing is to be yourself – no matter where or what you’re wearing.  Getting the perfect job may take a little preparation but you should never feel like you have to change who you are to get that job. Dress your best self, be comfortable and we’re sure the passion you feel for your profession will shine from the inside. And, you already know that that is the best way to make a first impression. Now go get them, tiger! Goodluck from all of us here at Appycat Street.