In another life, I reigned countess professional
Business suits stapled my high school senior year,
favoring a briefcase over a backpack.
Graduated in Marketing,
added the MBA acronym.
Interned with GE,
job offer from Accenture.
Vice president before the age of twenty-five.
Doubt not what may appear to be an unassuming fashion flirt at present. Trust me when I say, I can help you dress for a job interview. You’ve done the difficult part, you’ve written your resume, you’ve handed it out to potential employers, and now you’ve got an interview, you’re one set closer to getting the job that you want. If you are still writing your resume, fear not, you can check out these font choices to help you out. Once you’ve completed your resume then you will find it a lot easier to get a job particularly if your resume is good. It’s not just the resume you’ve got to worry about though, some companies have other things you have to think about, such as a personality test. If you’ve already passed the Berke employee personality testing, you already stand a good chance of getting the job (providing you perform amazingly in the interview!) Can you just imagine what you would wear to a job interview for a job similar to these accounting jobs in orange county? Well, it might be worth thinking about.
Step one: Determine the dress code
Somewhere in the eclipse of the last decade, dotcom scruffies partnered with premium denim manufactures and admitted flip flops, screen printed t-shirts, and short pants into the corporate closet. Fortuitously, inevitable economics and time-honored taste burst that bedheaded bubble, yet in the rubble we are left with only hazy shimmering hints at what used to be clear dress code boundaries.
Thus savvy employment pursants assume the role of industrial anthropologist and ask insiders about day to day dress. Established vocational vestiges are direct indications of corporate culture. If the office standard includes jeans, t-shirts, and high tops, don’t dryclean your suit. Adopt the office orthodox but elevate it ever so slightly with a blazer.
Arriving in the cultural equivalent of either a prom gown or pajama knickers shows a lack of regard for the trade’s traditions.
Step two: Add yourself
Don’t forget to bring yourself to the interview. Secure every uniform snap, but add a touch of your own charisma: a brooch on your blazer, a scarf on your satchel. Mix three parts conformity with one part creativity to stand out and above the competition.
And should the costume you assume for the audition makes you feel self conscious, perhaps you should reconsider your character choice.
Step three: Orient your details
Now is the time to indulge your OCD tendencies. A run in your stockings translates into sloppy phone etiquette. A missed button on your shirt sleeve indicates a tendency to miss deadlines. Shoe scuffs construe a propensity to send e-mails san-spellcheck.
Step four: Go underboard
Avoid undue distractions: dark sticky lipstick on your teeth, maniacal hair tossing, strong, musky odors. Makeup should be simple and pretty. Hair should be neat and secure. Scents should be clean and fresh.
Limit yourself to three accessories and select a bag and overcoat based on the fact that they will be the first and last thing your interviewer sees.
This is such an awesome post!!
Fantastic post and examples!
Reachel Bagley, Fashion Consultant says
Thank you dears. It took quite a few baby naps to craft what I had in mind. 🙂
Reachel- This post was so helpful! I don’t know if you remember me, but you used to stay with me when I was little! My dad is Dan Whittenburg. I am now in the accounting program at BYU and always struggle dressing for recruiting events and interviews. This post will be so useful in the future. Your blog is absolutely lovely, I am so glad I found it!
Reachel Bagley, Fashion Consultant says
I absolutely remember you. How lovely to hear from you! Please give your dad, mom, and brother a hug from me and stay in touch. I can’t wait to hear about all your success and adventures.
Love your blog! You have a beautiful family and heart. Would it be possible to identify where the items pictured can be purchased? Thank you.
The Jones says
Great tips. I know I always take about an hour to really decide what to wear for interviews! I always try to throw in just a touch of my personality 🙂
Jennifer M. says
Excellent post! It’s been awhile since I’ve been in a job interview, so these are some great things to keep in mind! I love that you broke it down by type of job too – that definitely makes a difference what type of outfit you should wear!
Maia Dobson says
Your interview dress suggestions are helpful. I was always told to wear a business pencil skirt on interviews because it will mark a difference to your interviewer.