Thursday, March 6, 2014

How to Dress for an Interview

8:55 AM Posted by CareerSource Tampa Bay No comments
Dressing for an interview can be an overwhelmingly stressful ordeal. Do you wear a full suit or slacks and a nice shirt? Tie, no tie? So many questions and stress when you're probably feeling stressed enough about the actual interview. 

Here are some tips and interview outfit choices that are no-brainers in most circumstances:

1. Pay attention to the company culture/feel 
If you're going to interview for a Fortune 500 company then it might be best to pull out the suit; however, if you're interviewing for a job at a restaurant or retail store, a pair of nice slacks and a polo or nice blouse would do just fine.

2. What time of the year is it?
Believe it or not, especially down here in Florida, keeping a close eye on the weather is crucial. We don't have much of a Spring, Fall or Winter, but we do have a lot of hot weather. The last thing you want is to be sweating profusely when you meet a potential employer.

If it's going to be hot, make sure you keep hydrated, pump up the A/C on the way to your interview, and keep in mind the kind of clothing you're wearing. Thick fabrics probably aren't the best choice when it's a whopping 98 degrees outside. Think light, airy, and breathable fabrics.

3. Conservative is always safer
Ladies: I know you may love that silk blouse or that cute skirt but if there's ever a question of 'is it too low' or 'is it too short' then the answer is always put it back and go for a button-up blouse, slacks and possibly even a jack or vest. Never wear something that might show you in anything other than your most professional self.

Gentlemen: While I'm all for patriotism and showing your sport loyalties, unless you're going to an interview with a government agency or a professional mixer that benefits a local sports team, don't wear those flashy ties! Go with something simple like a striped or solid color tie. Paired with slacks, a white button-up, and jacket...you can't go wrong.

Still need some more help? Here are some ideas of possible outfits:



1. Collarless Ponte Blazer - $12.24 from Target
2. Women's Full Length Pant - $29.99 from Target
3. Women's Sleeveless Blouse - $11.98 from Target
4. Mossimo® Pamela Pointed Toe Pump - $29.99 from Target


1.  Women's Classic Career Pencil Skirt - $12.00 from Walmart
2. Women's Classic Career Blazer - $20.00 from Walmart
4. Women's Sliver Wedge Shoe - $14.00 from Walmart


1. Men's Suit Pants - $19.98 from Walmart
2.  Men's Suit Jacket - $45.00 from Walmart
3. Men's Long-Sleeve Oxford Shirt - $12.98 from Walmart
4. Men's Faraday Oxford Dress Shoe - $25.00 from Walmart
5. Men's Solid Black Diagonal Necktie - $10.00 from Walmart


1. Men's Tailored Fit Dress Pants - $13.98 from Target
3. Black/Grey Stripe Tie - $19.99 from Target


Also, we encourage you to check out Dress for Success as they offer many great interview and work appropriate attire at a very discounted rate! To find out more, visit their website at: http://www.dressforsuccess.org/tampabay


Until next time,

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