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What to Wear to an Interview: A Girl’s Guide

Every interview I find myself asking the same question- what should I wear? This is especially important in this day and age where your looks may be the deciding factor when trying to land your dream job. I’m here to help you figure out what outfit to choose, what shoes to wear, how to do your makeup, and how to finish your look off with the perfect accessories.

First, you need to decide what type of job you are applying for. For example, if you’re applying for a job at the local fast-food restaurant, you may not want to show up in a full dress suit or fancy dress. Instead, for casual jobs, such as fast food, retail, or a cashier position you may want to opt for a nice pair of dark blue jeans or a sleek pair of black jeans, with no holes or tears of course. Top it off with a simple dress shirt. Skip the tee, let’s stay classy. Appearing overdressed for the occasion may make you look desperate or overqualified for the position. If you are applying for an office job or a job in a more professional atmosphere, this is the time to bust out your favorite dress suit or black dress. You do not want to wear jeans to this type of interview, you should appear as professional as the job you are being interviewed for. It’s a given to avoid low-cut tops and dresses or skirts that are too short. Make sure your outfit is appropriate. If you’d wear your outfit to the club or to the beach, chances are it won’t work for an interview.

Shoes are also a very important part of your interview look! Always skip flip flops, UGG boots, too high heels, and sneakers (unless you are applying at the gym!) The last thing you want to do at your interview looks sloppy or rushed. Decide on a comfortable kitten heel, flats, or a nice pair of dress boots. Too high heels can come off trashy (even though I know we all love them!) Not only that, but you want to be comfortable in what you’re wearing at your interview because chances are you’re already nervous. It is really important that you wear comfortable heels as you might have to wait for your turn in the interview and wearing heels that are not comfortable might get you in an uncomfortable situation there. Using Mindinsole can help you with this. 

Stumbling to shake your could-be future boss’s hand because your heels are too high won’t look good. Make sure whichever shoes you wear, they are comfortable, clean, and easy to walk in.

Next, apply your makeup. I always recommend wearing makeup to an interview. It makes you look finished and put together. According to Forbes magazine, a study was done that concluded women who wear makeup are perceived as more trustworthy, competent, and likable. Another study suggests that women who wear makeup are more likely to seem intelligent than those who do not wear makeup. This says a lot- but be careful. This does not mean cake on all of the makeup you can find. Opt for beige and nude colors or a light color that matches your outfit or shoes. Don’t overdo it. Sometimes less is more and nobody wants to hire someone who looks like a clown.

Add the final touches to your outfit! This means finding the perfect purse or clutch and a little bling. Avoid big purses and bags, you’re going to an interview- not moving out of town. Bring a small clutch that neatly holds your I.D., social security card, license, a pen, and maybe a lip gloss or some mints (for BEFORE the interview!) When your interviewer asks you for your information, you don’t want to be digging through your bag trying to find what you need. Add some cute simple bracelets or rings and a nice pair of earrings. I would not suggest giant hoops or outrageous body piercings. Don’t overdo your accessories either, too much of everything might make you seem high maintenance.

Are you all ready for your interview? Remember, that even looking the best at your interview won’t land you the job. Stay humble, confidant, and friendly for your best chance at getting your dream job!

Brian Singleton a retired news editor and tech enthusiast. He shares a deep love for science and technology and wishes to connect with others through this his content.

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