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Dress For The Job You Want; What To Wear To A Job Interview

Like it or not, people make opinions based on the way people look and dress, which is why it’s so important to dress for the job you want, and not for the job you already have

You’ve got a job interview! Congrats! Now, what to wear?

Before you even open your mouth in a job interview, like it or not, the interviewer has already formed some kind of an opinion on you, based on the way you’re dressed.  Studies have shown that although we were taught never to judge a book by its cover, we form a first impression on someone after the first five seconds of meeting them, and it can take up to 21 successive experiences to change that first opinion. Yikes!

This is why it’s so important, when going for a job interview, to dress for the job you want, and not for the job you have.  Because you wouldn’t be there in the first place if you didn’t want it, right?

Consideration

So, first things first, consider the job you’re applying for.  If your interview is for a position at a top fashion magazine, chances are you’re going to dress pretty differently then if you were going for a position in a solicitor’s office.  So keep this in mind when choosing your outfit.

Confidence is Key

You wouldn’t go into a job interview believing that you have 0 ability to do the actual job at hand, so why would you wear something that makes you feel uncomfortable?  You may struggle to answer some tricky interview questions, but struggling with a low-cut top, or pants-suit that’s just too tight, is a no-no!

Best Foot Forward

Keep your 5″ heels for Saturday night.  There’s nothing worse than struggling to walk in a pair of shoes that are just too high.  It’s recommended that a comfortable mid-sized heel, with a closed toe is most appropriate for a job interview.

Less is More

This applies to many things.  First up, makeup.  While you want to present yourself in the best possible way, try and keep your makeup to a natural everyday look.  Don’t go trying out something wild just because you have a bit of time to spend on it.  Next, jewellery.  Again, if you’re going for a job in a creative or fashion-led industry, then a statement necklace should be fine, but if your position is more conservative, keep jewellery to one ring on each hand, and a pair of studs.  Lastly, your perfume.  You don’t want to bathe in perfume before heading into your interview, only to find your interviewer is wildly allergic to strong scents.

Check out our top interview picks below or shop the full women’s workwear collection.

Our Top Interview Wear Picks

V by Very Eyelet Cuff Detail Top, €35.00
V by Very Eyelet Cuff Detail Top, €35.00
V by Very Check Double Breasted Fashion Jacket, €30.00
V by Very Check Double Breasted Fashion Jacket, €30.00
V by Very The Belted Slim Leg Trouser, €28.00
V by Very The Belted Slim Leg Trouser, €28.00
V by Very Maddy Mid Heel Platform Court Shoe, €32.00
V by Very Maddy Mid Heel Platform Court Shoe, €32.00
River Island Twist Back Blouse, €42.00
River Island Twist Back Blouse, €42.00
River Island River Island Double Breasted Blazer, €75.00
River Island River Island Double Breasted Blazer, €75.00
V by Very Curve Pencil Skirt, €15.00
V by Very Curve Pencil Skirt, €15.00
Dune London Aurrora Mid Heel Court, €90.00
Dune London Aurrora Mid Heel Court, €90.00
River Island Tie Front Blouse, €42.00
River Island Tie Front Blouse, €42.00
Miss Selfridge Check Blazer, €40.00
Miss Selfridge Check Blazer, €40.00
V by Very The Wide Leg Trouser, €28.00
V by Very The Wide Leg Trouser, €28.00
V by Very Lisa Almond Toe Mid Heel Court, €24.00
V by Very Lisa Almond Toe Mid Heel Court, €24.00
Fiona Hyland

Fiona loves nothing more than discovering new cities, brunch on Sundays, and a good documentary. If you don't find her cooking up a storm in the kitchen, you'll find her in an interiors store, feeding her very real blanket addiction.

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