Crack Your Look For That All-Important Job Interview

A first impression may not eventually be the last impression, but you can’t deny that it takes great effort to change it. And when you turn up at a job interview looking like a fashion faux pas, you might not get another opportunity. We know what you’re thinking—preparing yourself for an interview is nerve-wracking enough without getting all caught up with the what to wear conundrum. So here we are, decoding work wear according to the kind of profession you belong to.

1) Hospitality and Retail

How to dress for a job interview

Outfit: This industry demands a person who is organised, humble and pleasant. She must look presentable and well-groomed. When going for an interview, opt for a feminine pencil skirt with a tucked-in shirt and a scarf. Alternatively, go for a skirt suit. You may want to wear hosiery with close-toed shoes. An all-white look like that from Burberry Prorsum’s Fall 2013 collection, featuring the corset jersey pencil skirt, will look elegant.
Makeup: Ensure your makeup is not OTT. Use foundation, a narrow eyeliner, mascara, lipstick and blush. Keep your nails short and hair tied neatly.

 2) Corporate—Finance/Science/Technology

How to dress for a job interview

Outfit: This requires a person who is strong-headed and a good decision maker, so dress smart in a pant suit. While Ralph Lauren and Zuhair Murad went all-white, Saint Laurent opted for plaids in their summer 2014 collection. Make sure your shirt is well-ironed, with crisp collars. Carry a structured bag  to complete your professional look. Opt for pointy sling-backs or classic block heels for a no-fuss look.
Makeup: Stick to the basics, with just foundation/compact, a narrow eyeliner and a subtle shade of lipstick.

 3) Advertising/Journalism/Media

How to dress for a job interview

Outfit: You need to be a street smart and communicative for this job. A person who is always on the go, you aren’t expected to be in extremely formal clothing. Wear a pair of cropped trousers with a formal blouse. Finish with kitten heels that blend comfort with style.
Make-up: Tie your hair into a sleek low ponytail. You can leave them loose and flowing if they are frizz-free and manageable.

 4) Fashion/PR


Outfit: You will be judged by the clothes you wear. You need to have an eye for style and any fashion faux pas won’t be taken well. Pair high-waist trousers with a shirt tucked in and a blazer. You can also wear a Mad Men style sheath dress, like this grey one (above) from Ralph Lauren’s Pre-Fall 2014 show . Don’t be afraid to use colour and accessorise well with a statement ring and earrings. Carry a trendy compact sling bag and wear pumps or block heels to complement your modish attire.
Makeup: Here’s your opportunity to experiment. Pop-tinted lips and cat eyeliner will look impressive. Oh, and add in a few drops of Chanel.

 5) Academics/Teaching


Outfit: This is a noble profession and although you aren’t expected to wear a suit to work, you have to be modestly dressed. Wear a knee-length skirt with a blouse and a jacket or a turtleneck. You can also skip the skirt for a smart pair of trousers. Make sure you don’t show too much cleavage or legs—it isn’t considered appropriate in school.
Makeup: Go completely minimal, with a subtle shade of lipstick and concealer to cover any flaws. Stay clear of accessories, unless you are thinking of geeky glasses.

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