Thursday, 24 March 2011

What to Wear to an Interview?!

This morning I had an interview for a communications role within a student's union. Apart from prepping myself for the role, something just as important in my mind was "What the heck do I wear"?!?!

I'm sure it's a problem most women come up against when going for an interview (or maybe it's just those of us who are slightly obsessed with clothes!). The following things ran through my mind when theorising outfits in my mind:

1. It's a communications role with internal and external responsibilities. So I need to look professional and approachable, but not boring.

2. BUT it's a role within a SU, and so I also wanted to look like I had my own style/quirks, rather than just looking like a 'suit'.

3. WEATHER! Wellington weather is OH-SO changeable. Forecast was good though, so sandals and no tights (aka hosiery) were necessary.

4. Hair! My hair is really long so I always wonder if it looks unprofessional when it's all everywhere!? And then again, sometimes it looks too severe scraped back in a ponytail or bun.....

5. Accessories - too much can look too much, but too little can look dull.

So (with the help of the boyfriend who interviews people regularly as part of his role) I finally made a decision.

I wore a Calvin Klein dress that I bought in a designer discount store in San Francisco - I think it looks stylish but also sophisticated. I matched it with a pair of beige heels (high but sensible with an ankle strap!) and some pearl jewellery.

I wore a statement pearl ring from Diva and a string of real pearls the boyfriend bought me for Christmas last year. I kept my coral nail polish on to add a splash of colour to an otherwise neutral outfit.
Whoops - SEVERE granny hands in this pic!!! Must moisturise more!!

I did chuck on a slouchy-smart grey blazer and took a large metallic handbag to keep my notes in!

I decided to wear my hair in a messy bun, so that it looked smart but a little undone.

Is it me, or do you also feel that when you dress well you also feel better prepared?!

1 comment:

  1. Great outfit post - I really want to do some outfit posts but I feel too shy.

    I have to admit I don't quite feel myself when I'm not dressed up in a pretty dress with accessories.


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