One of my classes this semester is designed specifically to prepare us for our careers, by polishing resumes, writing cover letters, and especially killing an interview (uh, successfully). Certainly practice makes perfect on these accounts, so yesterday I took part in a mock interview for school. Of course, my first thought when preparing for this interview was not about my resume or references, or even how I would answer that dreaded phrase: “Tell me about yourself.” You guessed right, my first thought was reserved for my outfit.
I have plenty of career style clothing: black pencil skirts, modest blouses, classic cardigans, and black shoes, but I hesitated to wear one of my typical outfits to an interview. Finally, I called my younger sister into my room and we analyzed my wardrobe. The photos will show you the final product of our labors.
We chose a black pencil skirt that hits just below the knee– very modest and classic, with just a slight vintage feel; a black polka dot top with soft ruffles that add a touch of femininity; a dear wide black leather belt that drew it all together; and a black cardigan that is a staple in my wardrobe. Oh, and of course! My shoes were my favorite pointed toe heels– super comfortable and classic. I will point out that my heels were three inches tall, but most employers prefer one inch or lower.
I wore my hair half up to keep it out of my face. Most of the feedback I received said that wearing long hair down is absolutely fine. Depending on how formal the interview will be, I would also consider wearing my hair up to make me look more serious and determined.
In closing, I will just note that the interview committee said they would hire me! Of course, there was no real job involved, but it was very encouraging to hear that.
Photo credits to my sweet sister Elisabeth. (The darkness/blurriness is all thanks to winter, ugh.)