If part of your fresh start for 2016 involves a brand new job, you’ll undoubtedly have interviews on the horizon. While it’s natural to be nervous before a job interview, the right outfit can help you feel more confident and capable, as well as impacting on the interviewer’s crucial first impression.
At George we’ve got a packed portfolio of suggestions for what to wear to an interview – so whatever the job, you’ll find it easy to dress for success.
A Suit to Suit You
A simple suit is a hassle-free interview uniform, but it won’t do much to help you stand out among the other candidates. And a formal suit can also be an expensive investment, especially if you won’t need to wear one once you’re actually doing the job.
A blazer is a brilliant alternative, as it can be dressed up or down to give plenty of mileage for both work and play. Why not blaze a trail with a stand-out patterned jacket like the smart Diamond Blazer at George? It’ll look fantastic with a black pencil skirt or trousers – and just as great with your jeans when you’re out celebrating your new job!
Another alternative to the suit jacket is layering a cardigan or sweater over a shirt or blouse. And you’ll be left with useful additions to your wardrobe once your line-up of interviews is done. If you want to add a fashion twist to your interview look, a pussy bow blouse is an of-the-minute option. Or you could save money and hassle by picking up one of our ready-layered 2-in-1 sets.
Show Personality with Pattern
It’s tempting to play it safe with basic formal trousers, skirts and jackets, but pattern can actually be a great way to make a good impression. Mix a classic pattern, like check or dogstooth, with plainer pieces to keep the overall look neat. Our Dogstooth Panel Pencil Skirt or Check Trousers will liven up a simple shirt in seconds.
Cut Back on Colour
Wearing colour to an interview can be a tricky tightrope to walk. Plain black separates can look dull, but going crazy with colour might not be the solution. Unless you’re interviewing for a kids’ TV presenter position, stick to one or two core colours to avoid a messy look.
Both grey and navy are good alternatives if you want to turn your back on black. The navy and white George Geometric Print Skirt looks fresh and smart when worn with the white Twin Pocket Shirt. Or you could pair this shirt in blue or red with classic black bottoms.
Dress to Impress
A dress is the ultimate solution for one-piece power dressing, but take care not to choose a style that’s more appropriate for weekend drinks than work. A mid-length panel dress is a smart option, and at George we’ve got pattern and colour panel dresses to choose from.
Depending on the job you’re going for, we also love the Crochet Peter Pan Collar Dress. It’s less formal than a panel or shift dress, but would be a great choice if you want to create a fashion-forward vibe.
Best Foot Forward
Don’t neglect a smart pair of shoes. Classic black court shoes can be paired with pretty much any interview outfit, and you’re bound to get plenty of wear out of them afterwards too.
In the Bag
You’ll need something smart to carry all your interview essentials in, so now would be a great time to invest in a new handbag (like there’s ever a bad time!). The George Mock Snake Skin Bag is roomy enough to fit in copies of your CV, but will also happily accompany you to the shops or the bar too. Or choose a satchel style bag to create a clever-clogs impression.
Shop smart for workwear at George to create a winning interview look, whatever your ‘strengths and weaknesses’!