Hello SOTGC community,
It never ceases to amaze me how many career professionals interview for new jobs around the holidays. Although it’s certainly exciting to have the opportunity to begin the New Year with a fresh start, navigating the interview ins-and-outs can be daunting during this crazed-filled time of year.
So, why not make the getting-dressed portion of your interview process as easy (and effective) as possible?
Certainly determining whether or not you should wear a formal suit to the interview is crucial and, of course, whatever you wear, proper fit is essential – I’m a real stickler on this one. But, guess what?! There is one fashion feature most important to your interview outfit that outweighs all the rest.
It’s your top.
I am specifically referring to your blouse or the ‘top’ of your dress.
Because, when worn well, it highlights your face and increases the odds in your favor of keeping the interviewer’s attention directed on you and what you are saying.
There are three key design features you will want to pay attention to for your ideal interview top: color, print and neckline.
Color: Color is crucial. Wear a personally flattering top color that enlivens your skintone.
Print: If you’re interested in wearing a print, opt for a print/pattern size that is proportional to your facial features. This prevents a potential visual distraction for the interviewer. Most of us look best in small prints for up-close interactions; avoid oversized prints.
Neckline: Wear a neckline that rests fairly close to your face. It’s a styling trick to keep attention directed towards your face. A crewneck or moderate scoopneck or v-neck work best.
Here you will find specific visual examples from me for the above top design recommendations.
It’s imperative you look and feel confident during your interview. On the fashion front, try my interview top tip for your next interview…it’s fast, it’s efficient, and it works!
Kristina Moore is a style expert focusing on visual presentation as a dynamic professional tool. She is the founder and editor of Corporate Fashionista. Kristina welcomes your comments and questions.
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