Job interviews are the worst, especially if you are an introvert as I am. I have always done well wherever I worked, I can power through a presentation and I have a strong sense of self-confidence when it comes to my skills but regardless of all of this, job interviews will weaken my knees and get me all tongue tied.
With this weakness of mine in mind and with the knowledge that I will have to go through many more job interviews to achieve my career goals, I found that one way I could assert confidence just by walking into a room was by the clothes I choose to wear. Taking advantage of colours, trends and statement pieces, I have come up with five ideal outfits for my next job interviews, some of which you may want to keep in mind for that next big interview of yours.
Utterly stylish and so on trend, co-ords are being donned by fashion editors and bloggers, but mostly importantly, they can be worn for job interviews. Co-ords are when the top part and the bottom part of your outfit match exactly – whether with a print or a colour. You can rock stripes all over or a subtler print that is chic and workwear appropriate in a top paired with trousers or a skirt that hits right above the knees.
The Midi Skirt and the Knit
Knitwear is often perceived as casual wear but rich looking, intricately woven knits that are not too loose will take the chic factor up a notch. Pair your knit with a pleated midi skirt, put on those heeled pumps and walk in the room with the confidence of a fashionista.
The Statement Suit
The suit has been done, re done, some say even overdone but rather than going for the usual three colours when donning a suit – black, grey or blue, try to create a refreshing take by changing up the colour wheel. I like to go with very particular colours when I wear a suit, so that I make a real statement of confidence. A winter white suit or a nude coloured one paired with a cami like these Ginger & Smart tops (which I love!) is one way to do it. You can also try a suit in a rich wintry colour like eggplant or emerald green for an eye catching look.
Mix and Match
If you are more of a mix and match kind of girl than a coordinating one, then find a pair of peg trousers than will give you length and stop right before your heel straps start. Pair the trousers with a silk pussy bow blouse or an open collar blouse, wrap up in a statement coat and let your clothes do the talking before you even have to.
The Midi Dress
When you are most confident swaying in a dress, then finding one that highlights the best part of your body and is appropriate for a job interview is essential. I love a good midi dress. I have a couple of Ginger & Smart dresses that I like to pair with a statement blazer with gathered shoulders or a cropped jacket with big buttons to bring some edge to my midi dress.
Now that you have more options for your next job interview, it is now up to you to decide what works best for your body and for the job you want. When you do, stick to the formula so you can feel at your most confident when you are at your most nervous.
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