Getting a new job is pretty much always a nerve-wracking experience. Even with a solid resume, the interview is the moment when you really shine. But it’s not just charming your prospective boss by rattling off themany reasons as to why you’re the perfect candidate for the position — you also need to look the part. While it’s always safe to err on the side of caution and opt for a classic black suit worn with pumps, why not take this moment to show a bit of personality? Think swapping a nude gloss for an equally as subtle bututterly sophisticated burgundy tint, or ditching the staid black blazer for a patterned jacket. Here are ten ways to make them remember you in the best way possible.
1. Try a Printed Suit Instead of Classic Black.
When it comes to Interview Advice 101, everyone usually says you should wear a black suit. But to better stand out, try a graphic windowpane check. It’s equallyas sophisticated, but way more stylish and shows you’re fearless when it comes to adding a pattern into your look. To keep it from being too much, try it witha simple white blouse and sleek black pumps.
2. Swap in a Floral Blouse Instead of a White Button Up.
If you find wearing a head-to-toe print toooverwhelming, try a sweet floral blouse in a dark hue. Since this version isslightly sheer, layer in a camisole for extra coverage. Then tuck it into a navytrouser and matching jacket. Finish with a menswear-inspired pump to play upthe masculine-meets-feminine effect.
3. Look for a Sheath Dress With An Interesting Detail
Nothing is easier than wearing a LBD to an interview, but if you’re looking for a job in a creative industry,your standby won’t help you stand out. Instead, try one with a zipper detail;it’s a youthful and unique contrast to the midi length. Finish with a tailoredjacket and python heels to demonstrate your ability to mix interesting detailsin an ensemble.
Looking for a gig as a designer, decorator or illustrator? You need to demonstrate your artistic flair. Neutral hues like navy, black, and gray will have you fading into the background – not standing out among the candidates. Instead, show your mastery of color proportion with a vivid full skirt in a shade of red or pink. Temper it with acream silk tee and nude heels. The effect? Attention-grabbing in the best way possible.
5. Finish Off with Texture
Most people think your only optionfor shoes is a solid-colored, pointy toe pump. Not so! In the case of this silkshirt and skirt suit combo in black and white, a textured striped calf hair pump adds personality without detracting from the minimalist vibe.
6. Tote Your Personality
Adding a chic handbag is a greatway to exude confidence during an interview. Try a structured cross body bag in leopard and cream. The animal print echoes the croc-printed heels while the tones of the leather play off the similar hues on the blouse.
7. Have a Sparkly Secret
If the job you’re interviewing for has a strict dress code, it doesn’t mean you have to play by the rules 100 percent. A striped blouse is one way to add individuality to a classic suit, but another subtle nod to your own personal style comes in the form of sparkly earrings that climb up the lobes and peek through your hair.
8. Channel a Chic European
When it comes to adding a touch of sexy into a professional outfit, look no further than stylish Italian women like Monica Belluci and Sophia Loren. They know how to entice without appearing vulgar. In this case it’s a slim faux leather skirt with a leopard blouse tucked in. Undo the top two buttons to reveal a sliver of skin and finish withan elegant, long tasseled necklace.
9. Tie on a Scarf
Soothing hues of gray, blush, and nude offer the ideal backdrop for a statement-making scarf like this floral printed version. Tie it around your neck to add a pop of color and pattern to the ensemble. Or if you prefer, wrap it around the handle of your bag as an unusual accent that demonstrates your ability to think out of the box.
10. Perfect Your Pout
When it comes to makeup, less is always more. Think clean, groomed brows, sleek, blown out hair and a bit of blush on the cheeks. But skip the nude gloss! A rich burgundy shade that looks like your lips but better will light up your face and give your overall appearance added polish.