Monday, July 27, 2009

I've got a job interview!!

I am so excited because I finally have a job interview for a position I've been trying to get all summer! I am SO nervous and a little freaked out because I've never interviewed for a "real" job. I mean, this is a job that requires a bachelor's degree so it's not your average part-time job interview.

Now, my new dilemma: What to wear?? I would really prefer to wear a skirt rather than a pant suit. I've heard a study on the subject of interview attire which found that women who wore [tasteful] skirts received more job offers compared to those who wore pants.

I want to look reserved and professional but I also want to show a little bit of personality. I've googled interview attire and it's all the same. Every woman looks so "stuffy" and boring yet when I go into stores like NY&Co, it's professional yet stylish clothing. Any advice??

*I'd love links to actual photos!!

20 comments:

stilettolover91 said...

Congrats!!! I suggest you wear a skirt!! Good Luck on getting the job!!

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Sarah Alaoui said...

Banana Republic.
and accessories to differentiate yourself. : )

Brunch at Saks said...

I'd go with a black skirt and a colorful cardigan, or, depending on how hot is, a ruffled or plain silk top that is again colored (maybe eggplant). This way you can look professional, yet avoid the "stuffy" look you were talking about! Good luck girl! You will do great! Let us know how it goes :) XOXO

Addict said...

http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/outfit.do?cid=5002&oid=OUT15450&mlink=5002,1270626,5&clink=1270626

Gets my vote!

Elizabeth Marie said...

OMG that is awesome!! Let me try to find some links...I think a black pencil skirt is the way to go for sure though and a great fitted blazer...I like to keep the clothes simple and add accessories, but not too many!

So excited for you! YAY!

Cupcake Couture said...

First of all, CONGRATS!! Second... I would definitely do a cute pencil skirt with like a silky camisole and pair it with a cute blazer and ACCESSORIZE!! It's plain but gives you that trendy and not boring look :)

GOOD LUCK!

Bee said...

NY&Co is my absolute favorite store to shop at for all my work clothes. An outfit I find that always works for me is a nice black knee-length pencil skirt:
(http://clairdelalune.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/pencil-skirt.jpg)
and a jewel-tone blouse w/ pretty ruffles or bows:
(http://www.bbinstyle.com/images7/Fall07.Trends.Jewel.Tones.Nanette.Lepore.Silk.Blouse.Lg.jpg)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2533/3701148844_e7d4908e79.jpg)

And you can even layer a cardigan over the blouse. Also don't forget the heels! Shoes make the outfit! :) Good luck on your interview. I really hope you get the job!

cgw @ accidentally, kle said...

firstly, good luck!

I love wearing smart pencil skirts to interviews. I know what you mean about adding personality though, I usually achieve that through a sharp shot of colour in a handbag or necklace or even the shoes I choose.

eg this with a skirt instead of trousers: http://www.flingitgirl.com/thumbs/bff10a75e91abb0709501a757c234d42_origin.jpg

or http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-set/BQcDAAAAAwoDanBnAAAABC5vdXQKFk5ucUdwSjhuM2hHSk5KN09FSDZHdGcAAAACaWQKAWUAAAAEc2l6ZQ.jpg (last outfit)

M.J. said...

Congratulations!!!

A skirt suit is totally appropriate. I get a lot of my work clothes from NYC & co.

I would suggest a classic suit dressed up with your favorite jewlery and/or fun, funky pumps. A bright undershirt can also add just a little bit of flair.

♥ H ♥ said...

NY&Co is my faaav!! I say go with a skirt, esp so you don't die walking from the car to the building of a heat stroke! *knock on wood* (was that a terrible thing to say?...it's texas, its f*ing hot!) Anyway, plus it shows your personality like you said! So a skirt with a bright shirt as MJ suggested with the jewlery and all :)

GOOD LUCK!!!!

BakerGirl said...

Congrats!!! I love BR skirts for interviews because they fit without being tasteless. I would ditch the jacket unless it's a super formal business environment. A cute sweater jacket is my fall back usually because it looks like a jacket but is lighter than the wool jacket. Of course, you could take a note from the woman in the White House and wear a cardigan... I can't believe how many more people are wearing them now.

brooke said...

i get a lot of my work attire from here and i definitely recommend this particular shirt...it gives just a hint of personality but is still very professional...and i ALWAYS get compliments when i wear mine...and i pretty much have it in every color...

http://www2.victoriassecret.com/commerce/onlineProductDisplay.vs?namespace=productDisplay&origin=onlineProductDisplay.jsp&event=display&prnbr=EB-224175&page=1&cgname=OSCLOBLOVIL&rfnbr=3946

maybe with this skirt...

http://www2.victoriassecret.com/commerce/onlineProductDisplay.vs?namespace=productDisplay&origin=onlineProductDisplay.jsp&event=display&prnbr=EB-213864&page=1&cgname=OSCLOSKIVIL&rfnbr=2259

it's on sale and they have many colors...

inkOBSESSIONdesigns said...

Yay! How exciting!!

I love Banana Republic - I would try them!

Ali said...

Not gonna lie, I suck at this kind of thing. I WILL say, however, that I think you should wear something you're comfortable - both physically and mentally - in. The interviewer(s) will sense that you're confident in that way, and I think that counts for a lot!

Break legs! Sending you good job vibes.

Annie said...

YAY!! Congrats hun!!
Good Luck!
I'm an Express girl for all my work clothes :)

bananas. said...

yay soooo exciting!!! i love the idea of wearing a skirt suit. when i was a recruiter for oh 4 months (lol), we were told women do best in skirt suits too. as for attire, i would listen to brooke. victoria secret has really cute work clothes. i also love H&M. good luck!

kirstyb said...

Defo wear a skirt and good luck xoxoox

Helen McGinn said...

I always went for a skirt suit with a blouse or shirt underneath of an amazing colour, e.g. jade green or turquoise blue. I always teamed these with a black fitted suit, mid high black heels, very clean and polished, tights (pantyhose) and pearl earrings. I did my nails in clear nail varnish and kept my make-up light and neutral. I've gotten every job I've ever went for. Later on, when I was the one doing the interviewing, this was the look I favoured, if stuck between two candidates. Clothes really are secondary but the amount of times I've had to choose....good luck! x

Nicole Marie said...

so exciting!!! congratulations!! i've never been on a real interview either but i'm sure whatever you wear, you'll look great! good luck!

Kristin said...

Congrats!! Do you have a suit? If so, I would wear an understated feminine blouse underneath and I like the idea of switching it up and pairing it with a brightly colored bag or shoes.