Today’s job market is tough and therefore job seekers have the extra pressure each time they walk into the office for that job interview. Between saying the right thing and presenting one’s best attributes, it can all be pretty intimidating.
One thing is for sure, appearance is just as important as eloquence. After all, you must look the part if you want the part. Reduce the pressure of dressing up for an interview; check out these quick and simple tips of how to dress for your next job interview.
The essential rule in dressing for an interview is to keep it basic, classy, and simple. A job seeker doesn’t need to over indulge in shopping for lavish items to impress the employer. The objective is to look nice and polished without overdoing it.
To achieve this look, go with basic colors of navy blue or black and white color scheme. For women, a black or navy blue pencil skirt or pair of pants and a white long sleeve, collared button-down blouse would be perfect. Make sure it’s not low-cut .A great pair of pumps(not too tall) and a string of pearls or a delicate necklace would finish the look off just right.
Avoid being overzealous with jewelry. A matching blazer would be preferred and little more impressive but it may not always be necessary. A basic leather bag with little or no embellishments would compliment the attire perfectly. Women could also try a colored cardigan set with a basic skirt or pair of pants to get the same classic, look
Shopping For The Look: Worthington is a great brand that offers a range of button-down blouses, shirts, skirts, and blazers that are classic and simple-sophiscated. Worthington blouses and shirts are available at JCPenney for a price range of $14.99 to $24.99.
Blazers are priced at $29.99 or higher. Worthington skirts also range in style (from pencil to flare) in different hem lengths. Worthington skirts are $19.99 and higher JCPenney.
For men, the job interview look would include a white collared shirt and a nice tie of (preference is up to the male but the tie shouldn’t be too loud or bright) and a black or navy blue slacks. Once again, a blazer would be preferred but isn’t necessarily required to make the job seeker look work. Guys can polish off the look with a nice watch and a great pair of plain, shined-leather shoes.
Shopping For The Look: Van Heusen makes a great brand of collared shirts for men and even includes a matching tie which can eliminate the extra guess work for men. The color choices for these dress shirts are vast. Van Heusen is also available at JCPenney for the price of $14.99 to $29.99 or more. Dockers is a classic brand and perfect for a great pair of slacks. Prices range from $29.99 and higher at JCPenney.
*Note:JCPenney also offers a Big & Tall section to accomdate more male sizes*
Also, it’s important to make sure you hair is combed neatly and shirts are tucked in neatly as well to eliminate the distractions and more so, to present a polished look. Job seeking is a long,difficult journey therefore when you do get that interview, it’s important to dress to impress.
These job attire tips are not completely inflexible but are merely a guide and suggestions for making it easier and less stressful when taking on your next set of interviews with prospective employers. Essentially, the most important thing to keep in mind, is to keep it simple, basic, and polished. A simple, classic look will take you a long way and could even be your edge in snagging that desired-job.