The Perfect Interview Outfit For Winter

I have a job interview on Monday and it’s safe to say that I am terrified! This is my first ‘real’ job interview for a…

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I have a job interview on Monday and it’s safe to say that I am terrified! This is my first ‘real’ job interview for a ‘real’ job since graduating from University. So, on the day of the interview I will have all my fingers and toes crossed for luck! I thought I would put together this little interview outfit to hopefully inspire anyone else that may also have interviews coming up.

Choosing a Comfortable Interview Outfit

For the interview, you want to be wearing something that’s comfortable…pulling at the hem of your shirt or cursing over sore feet in sky high heels is only going to leave you both looking and feeling under-confident and under-prepared. Make sure that whatever outfit you choose to wear is a comfortable choice!

I’d definitely recommend trying the outfit on a couple of days before the interview just to make sure it’s a fool-proof choice and that you feel completely happy and comfortable wearing it. Giving your interview outfit a trial run is also a great way to make sure you won’t have any wardrobe malfunctions on the day! After all, you don’t want to have to deal with a split skirt, broken zip or blister-inducing shoes on the morning of your interview.

You want the interview to go as smoothly as possible. Choosing a comfortable yet chic outfit is a great way to boost your confidence in the interview. It might sound silly, but trust me. The clothes you wear can really affect how you present yourself. By preparing your outfit ahead of time, you’ll also reduce your stress on the day of the interview. Even more reason to make sure you’ve organised your outfit as part of your interview-prep.

Finding the Perfect Interview Outfit for Winter

It’s cold outside, so you don’t want to be braving that walk to the interview bearing all without a coat! I think an oversized boyfriend-style coat is the perfect coat for a job interview. To me, an oversized wool coat just screams ‘I mean business’. By turning up in an androgynous statement coat, tailored mac or sweet-yet-sassy wool coat will instantly give off vibes of confidence.

For an interview, it’s always safe to go for a nice tailored dress or blazer and skirt (or trousers) combo. And whilst, I don’t dismiss the power of such an outfit, I feel that taking the risk and wearing something a little bit different can really help make you stand out from the other interviewee’s. You want to make sure you stand out for all the right reasons but a confident perfectly-styled outfit can be one way to make sure you’re a memorable candidate against a sea of black trouser-suits and grey co-ords.

I am in love with this check skirt from River Island. It’s perfect for winter and when paired with some thick black tights, it will look seriously professional. You could wear this with a white blouse tucked into it. Or you could layer it with a chunky knit roll neck jumper (as mentioned here, I’m really crushing on roll-necks). I feel that the roll neck jumper makes this outfit look a tad more smart-casual. A roll neck jumper is a versatile piece, one that can be slightly androgynous. But one that will emphasis those personality features that your potential employer is looking for. A roll neck just oozes personality traits such as confident, self-assured, determined, knowledgeable and ambitious…right?

For the shoes, avoid those platform heels that you have been dying to wear. This is not the time or the place to risk being Bambi on ice. Wear this outfit with some plain black flats. Or if like me, you prefer a bit of a heel than wear with some heeled Chelsea boots. Just remember to keep that heel reasonable! The last thing you want to be doing is worrying about how to comfortably walk in your shoes.

As for the bag, I’d recommend rocking a structured tote bag or satchel. You want your bag to look business-like…just to remind them that you really do mean business. Make sure your bag isn’t just for show though… be sure to include a notepad and pen with you so you can take notes during the interview if needs by. If your interview needs a presentation or portfolio, then make sure your bag is big enough to fit your laptop so you can run through your presentation on the day.

I hope this little interview outfit helps some people! It definitely keeps my nerves at ease (slightly) for Monday knowing that I have something to wear already in the bag…. now fingers crossed I also get the job in the bag too!

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