Whether you’re currently in the market for a new job or a new opportunity at your current company, you should always have a go-to interview outfit cleaned and ready to wear. If you work as a first grade teacher, that outfit is going to be dramatically different than if you work in a capital management firm.
Personally, most of my jobs have been in the corporate environment so that is my experience. I have had some interesting ones though. At one company, my second interview was a group interview over lunch. Keep in mind, this second interview lunch was eating tacos off the ping-pong table. At my first interview for that position, I arrived in my typical suit and was told that they do not have a ‘corporate’ environment.
But for the most part, my job interviews have including dressing in a black or grey suit with a colorful yet conservative shell underneath. I prefer shades of blue or teal to offset my eyes and to not look too much like a penguin.
But as soon as I wear this suit anywhere (an interview, a meeting, a board of directors function), I make sure to get it cleaned and ready for the next wearing. I usually wear the suit with black wedges because the height is more professional than flats, but the wedge style is comfortable in case I end up walking from a parking garage.
I’ve also found it much easier to skip carrying a bag. I have a black portfolio that holds the job description, any instructive communications, and my resume. I put my keys and lipstick in my suit jacket pocket and am ready to go.
What is your go-to interview outfit, and what sorts of jobs are you interviewing for?