What To Wear to an Interview

When it comes to your next job interview, confidence is key. While your experience and education will speak for themselves, you can feel more confident at your next job interview with the right outfit. Whether the workplace calls for blazers and heels or a more casual outfit, it’s easier to nail that first impression when you have an interview outfit that really makes you stand tall.

That’s where PixieLane shines. We believe in equipping the family with all the pieces and styles they’ll need for the next special event or occasion — and for casual days too. That’s why we carry a wide collection of staples and stand-out styles you’re sure to love.

Today, we’re here to help you design that perfect interview attire.

Outfits for a Strong First Impression

The truth is that first impressions can be important, especially when it comes to a job interview. It’s so essential to present yourself professionally while still showcasing your personality. Interviews can also be stressful, so pick out pieces that allow you to feel comfortable and breathe easy.

Try out some of these classic pieces and looks for men and women, and nail your next job interview without breaking a sweat.

Interview Outfits for Women

It isn’t entirely fair, but women are often up against more difficult odds when entering the workforce, depending upon the type of job and the industry you’re interviewing in. That’s why it can be so important for women to dress the part and make a really strong first impression every time—and the right outfit can help.

Before you plan your interview outfit, it’s a good idea to look into the company and get a sense of the work environment. You always want to err on the side of being more formal for the first interview.

When it comes to women’s business wear, you can opt for dress slacks and a nice blouse and pair the look with a sweater or cardigan on top and leather shoes or heels on the bottom. You can also opt for dresses and pencil skirts, though it’s a wise idea to keep to more neutral colors, like navy or black, and to make sure the pieces are appropriate on the top and bottom.

Jumpsuits are also a unique and exciting way to dress for your next job interview. The jumpsuit is a fun twist on the typical smart-casual pantsuit and comes in bright colors or sleek velvet. You’ll have a little room to share your personality and creativity with a jumpsuit while still maintaining a professional look.

If you’re going to wear jewelry with your interview outfit, keep to neutral or subtle pieces, so you can focus on highlighting your accomplishments. If you have piercings beyond the classic earlobe piercing, it’s a good idea to remove them, if possible.

Interview Outfits for Men

Of course, it’s also crucial for men to dress appropriately for their next job interview. Typically, that means long pants rather than shorts, no matter if it’s a formal or casual interview, and dress shoes, instead of sneakers. For men, a safe interview style will always be a dress shirt and a pair of dress pants like khakis or chinos.

You want to make sure you’ve picked out a tie that fits your body shape and the cut of your shirt and that it has been tied properly. A tie can be a fantastic way to express your style, but you want to keep it relatively neutral so that it doesn’t distract the hiring manager or recruiter during the interview.

When it comes to accessorizing, make sure you wear a nice pair of shoes that fit right: oxfords and loafers and both comfy and acceptable business formal attire. Match your belt to your shoes for a comprehensive style.

What Should You Wear for a Zoom Interview?

In recent years, many companies and businesses have transitioned to remote work, either full or part-time. That means interviews are often conducted online through the popular Zoom program. It also means reconsidering your interview clothes.

That’s because Zoom interviews only show the top half of your outfit, which allows for a lot more flexibility and comfort during your interview. These tips will lead to the perfect Zoom interview outfit every time.

Stay Cozy With Comfy Bottoms

Zoom interviews can be useful for many reasons. They allow you to interview for positions in other regions or locations than where you live, and you’ll feel more comfortable in a familiar place, like your home office. You’ll also be able to wear your favorite casual attire, comfy bottoms, and you won’t have to worry about heels or leather shoes. 

Pick out a pair of bottoms that you know won’t be too warm since even remote interviews can be a little nerve-wracking and might lead to light to moderate sweating. Try to test out the camera angle in advance, so you know your leggings or pajama bottoms won’t show up on the video. And remember, don’t stand up until the interview is over.

Keep in mind that a remote video interview still calls for business attire. So, what not to wear during your job search? Think t-shirts or low-cut tank tops. You can absolutely pair your business casual button-down shirt with your favorite joggers on a Zoom interview, and it will be our secret!

Know the Company Culture and Dress Code

It’s helpful to know the company’s dress code before any interview, whether you’re interviewing in person or on a video call. That said, it’s vital for video calls since you’ll only be showing a small part of your outfit.

Look up the company in advance (their social media or the company’s website is a great place to start). Determine whether you should add a nice suit jacket or cardigan to your interview outfit, if visible tattoos are appropriate, and how you should style your hair. Knowing all of this ahead of time can help you to put your best foot forward. In comfy slippers or flip-flops, of course.

Tips for a Successful Job Interview

Whether you’re interviewing in person or on video call, there are a few ways to take your job interview to the next level and land the new position every time.

Be Confident

You know all about your education and experience, and now is the chance to really highlight what makes you perfect for this new position. Speak proudly about the work you’ve done and try to avoid downplaying your success.

If you’re interviewing in person, shake hands firmly, and always remember to make eye contact. When you present as comfortable and confident, you come across as trustworthy and are more likely to be picked up for a new job.

Communicate Clearly

Interviews can be nerve-wracking, and that might cause you to speak too quickly, stumble over your words, or try to overexplain something. But clear communication is essential when sharing your experiences and showing the team why you’d be the best fit for the role.

When you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed during an interview, take a deep breath, collect your thoughts, and explain slowly and clearly why you’re perfect for their company.

Look Your Best

Of course, the right outfit can absolutely make a difference. In-person or on Zoom, it’s easier to be bold, confident, and open when you wear clothes and accessories you really like. Take the time to put together the right look and style for your next interview in advance, and tackle the interview questions with a clear mind.

The Best Outfits for Work and Play

Here at PixieLane, we want to make sure you’re prepared for every special event and activity. That’s why we carry a wide range of clothes and accessories for the whole family and why we’ve got you covered for work and play alike.

We help you dress for success every day, stay trendy, and make a great first impression in everything you do.

 

Sources

14 Tips for Acing Your Online Video Call Job Interview | WIRED

14 Tips For Staying Calm During A Job Interview | Forbes

What to Wear to Work | On Careers | US News