Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Interview Attire..

Hello lovelies!

Can you believe that summer is over and the school term/university is starting again? This year has went in such a flash!
With it being this time of year, I was asked by the lovely people over at Education, Recruitment and Marketing to create a post on what to wear and what NOT to wear to an interview for all you guys at the University Road Show 2016/17!

Interviews can be such a stressful experience; with so much on your mind as it is without having to worry about what to wear, so this is were hopefully I can step in and help you all out - and on a budget, you are students after all!

From the moment you walk into your interview, you will be judged. You don't get a second chance at a first impression, so you have to make it count! It's such a scary thought I know, but trust me, you will be. From how you walk, talk and most importantly - present yourself! Confidence is key here, you have to show the interviewer/employer that you KNOW you are the right candidate for this position, you aren't just applying and hoping for the best, and presenting yourself correctly will give the perfect first impression.  Presenting yourself can cover a range of different things, but we will start on your choice of outfit.

For me, a perfect interview outfit for any interview type would be would be like the one I'm wearing below, a crisp white blouse/shirt, a pair of black/navy tapered trousers and an elegant pair of heels. But of course I get that this won't be and isn't everyone's style, you need to feel comfortable in what you are wearing or else you wont be comfortable in the interview itself. If heels aren't for you, then ditch them and simply wear a pair of clean cut pumps that tie in with the colour scheme of your outfit. If you are confident enough, then I also LOVE a pencil skirt for an interview, with a pair of basic heels and again a crisp blouse, you couldn't look more interview ready if you tried! I love this look, it is so classy and timeless, and just shows that you mean business when you walk in wearing this. How could someone not give you the position when you turn up looking this ready for a interview! Top tip - make sure when sitting down either in front of the interviewers, or in the waiting room this is how you hold your feet, do not cross your legs over one on top of the other- remember we are being formal here ladies!

White Blouse £22
Black trousers £25 (cheaper ones here) £12.99
Heels  (mines are from primark but these are just the same!)
Blazer £15 (primark but this is similar)
Black Pumps £6.50

Cream Blouse £19.20
Navy Skirt £25
Heels (also from primark but similar here)
Navy Pumps £7.99

Appearance isn't just about your clothes remember, its your hair, make up, jewellery and the items you have chosen to bring with you to your interview. Keep everything simple, no heavy duty contouring like you're heading out with the girls for the night - you're trying to impress professionals who will decide your future with your amazing personality and interview skills, of course we all love when someone says your eyebrows are on fleek today, but this just really isn't the place for it.
With the jewellery, wear something simple again, a pair of stud earrings rather than a pair of loose hanging ones, although if it's in your personality and you really want that to shine through- add a statement necklace or detailed scarf to brighten it up bit. It all depends on your personality and the nature of the interview; the level of professionalism required depends on what course/job you are applying for, so take that into account too!

Nails are another thing that most people tend to forget when preparing for an interview. If, like myself, you love some glitter extensions, then yay for you, but maybe calm down on the bright blue and pink nails for this one time. You will probably have to write something down, or shake hands with your interviewer(s) and they will notice these small details - a classic french manicure all the way for this one!

"What NOT to wear to an interview" - This is very tricky, as everyone is unique and has different styles and personalities, but again when coming to an interview these no-nos apply to everyone.
Cropped trousers; these are super casual and to me a big no no - casual is not the look you are going for. A blouse/shirt that doesn't flatter you at all; this navy one is the exact same as the white one in the previous outfit, but because its not tucked in and is hanging loosely, it doesn't suit or flatter me at all. With it hanging out, I get the feel from this photo that I just really could not have been bothered to try and make an effort - and I simply chucked the first thing on I saw in the morning.

Navy Blouse £22
Cream Trousers £18
Navy Pumps £7.99

Anything above the knee, whether its a skirt or a dress, with or without tights- HUGE no-no! You have to remember this is a professional setting and not a night out! And finally my biggest tip is do not wear heels that you cant walk in. If you have found the perfect pair of heels that tie your outfit in so perfectly, then hell yes wear them, but if you can't walk in them then you might as well just wear a pair of uggs! It will ruin the entire experience; how you walk and hold yourself is one of the key things in an interview, so if you're like bambi in your new heels, take them back and get yourself a safe pair of pumps!

Thoughts summed up;
-Have a clean cut manicure
-Less make up is more on this occasion
-Do NOT wear a pair of jeans- no matter how 'casual' you think the interview is, even "smart casual" does not call for jeans!
-Only wear a pair of heels if you CAN walk in them- keep them below 3 inches
-Be prepared, have a copy of everything you think you will need in a neat folder, you will come across to the interviewer as organised and prepared, something every interviewer/employer looks for in a candidate!
-Research the company/course so you know the history if asked about them, especially if you mention in your CV/personal statement how much you love your chosen course/university/job - there will be nothing more embarrassing than being caught out about this!
-Cover up any tattoos/piercings that might distract your interviewer
-Nothing too tight or low cut
-And lastly if taking a bag with you, check whats inside it before-we don't want anything embarrassing falling out when you go to grab your pen!

Hopefully these tips and outfit ideas help you nail your interviews! You don't have to break the bank to be able to look the part either, I've popped on some other outfit ideas below if the ones above just weren't for you! Also as usual, everything is linked for your handiness.
I personally feel that it's better to be remembered for being overdressed and making an effort, rather than leaving an impression that you haven't really tried at all- so whip out the heels and go get them girls!


Black Skirt £18                    
 White Shirt £12
     Cream Blouse £15
Black Dress £29.50 

Thanks for reading everyone, do let me know if this helped at all!
Emma Jane xx

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