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When it comes to a job interview, there is no room for error.

 

You want to impress by your credentials, soft skills and of course your outfit.

 

Most of the time you choose the safe way (white button down and navy or black pencil skirt or slacks) to impress, because you want to play it safe. The interview in itself can be nerve wrecking (especially if it’s THE JOB), so who has the energy to think about the perfect interview outfit?

But does an outfit with more personal style require much planning? Does the same old really make you memorable?

 

How about showing a bit more personality without having to open your mouth first, while maintaining professionalism?

Swapping out dark colors with grey is a refreshing change and by the way, grey is going to take over the fashion scene this fall. This look very is simple, and all business, yet it does differentiate you from the crowd. Plus your outfit may well be the ice breaker small talk.

When it comes to the actual interview, be prepared! Brush up your story and know why you want that particular job at that particular company.

And avoid cliches like these!

 

1. I’m the ideal employee

No kidding?! How many times do you think an HR person has heard this before? This statement is very general. You have to specify why the company should choose you over the other 156 applicants.

2. I’m a team player

…until you fill out a “bullet proof” personality test and it states otherwise. But if you are a true team player, phrase this differently and bring up examples from previous projects and your role within the team.

3. I’m a hard worker

Companies want smart workers in the first place who are willing to go the extra mile. You are selling yourself during a job interview, but again this is way too vague. What was your most recent project you worked on where you went the extra mile to get the job done?

4. I’m open to anything

No, you’re not! Yes, you may well be desperate trying to get a job, but you have to keep things and your goals in perspective! The interviewer will sense it instantly if they are talking to someone who just wants a job. They want someone who is ready, willing and able to commit and walk the highs and lows to succeed. And desperation for a new job just won’t cut it on a long run, since this would mean for them having to post that same position again within a year.

shop the look

shirt – white house black market
skirt – chicwish c/o
shoes – nine west
handbag – nine west

Photos by Rick Robillard

  • http://pinksole.com/ Rachelle

    perfect interview attire.

    xo
    PinkSole

  • http://www.racheldinh.com racheldinh

    Great tips and knock em dead interview outfit!

    http://www.racheldinh.com

  • http://www.coffeeandablonde.blogspot.com Victoria Fox

    Oh such wonderful tips! I am seriously gushing over this outfit those shoes are soo gorg!
    Happy Monday!
    xoxo,Victoria
    http://www.coffeeandablonde.blogspot.com

  • Bibiana S

    perfect outfit :) thanks for your tips :)

  • Lauren Scorzafava

    This is such a great look and wonderful tips!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  • http://www.straightastyleblog.com/ Amy Ann Arnold

    Love the colors in this look. Such a pretty bag and shoes!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Darcy

    Totally love this look. I think it is perfect for an interview because it shows personality but is still professional!
    http://www.amemoryofus.com

  • Anna D Kart

    Lovely outfit! You always look so polished and ready

    Happy Medley

  • Shauna C

    Love this classic and chic look. Those heels are gorgeous!

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

  • http://stilettointhecloud.com/ Lindsay Ava

    Thanks for the tips! This outfit is so feminine and the shoes are such a cool piece, really adds personality to the outfit. Beautiful!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    A perfect interview look…simple, chic, but still gorgeous!
    Debbie
    http://www.fashionfairydust.com

  • http://Jemappellechanel.com Sonia / Chanel

    Wow. I’m astonished at how perfect this look is! I’ve never shopped at WHBM but I might need to by looking at this skirt. Totally chaneling you when I go on interviews this spring. How do you suggest makeup should be?

    xox
    Chanel
    Je M’appelle Chanel

  • http://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com for seven seasons

    I love how simple and chic this outfit is. I think wearing the swingy skirt was a GREAT touch, and it really differentiates this outfit from all of the pencil skirts!

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

  • Whitney

    This is so polished and put together, perfect for an interview and so much more fun than a suit. Plus the shoes are fabulous!

    Xoxo,

    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

  • http://www.kelseybang.com kelsey bang

    fun post! great job interview tips! I love your heels!

    kelseybang.com

  • http://marymurnane.com/ Mary Murnane

    Clean, fresh and modern. Really lovely!
    http://marymurnane.com/2015/08/19/blanc-page/

  • http://www.eleventhandsixteenth.blogspot.com Kimberley Pavao

    I love the neutral colors in this outfit!

    Eleventh & Sixteenth

  • Rachel

    This really is the perfect interview outfit! I love that it’s conservative, yet stylish. Fabulous shoes, too! And great interview tips, I love that you mention avoiding the cliches!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  • http://www.chicuturnonglitz.blogspot.com Michele M

    This look IS perfect. I find neutral colors are what I would wear for a job interview.
    The shoes look incredibly stylish. :)
    http://www.chicuturnonglitz.blogspot.com

  • http://the-colorpalette.blogspot.com/ The Color Palette

    Thank you for your tips, they are always very useful

    x,Abril

    The Color Palette

  • Stripes n Vibes

    You look wonderful! Such a perfect color and style combination!

    Tanya
    http://www.StripesNVibes.com
    BlogLovin

  • greta

    that’s true, this is the perfect outfit!!! absolutely love the skirt ❤️

    THE CIHC

  • http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com Marta C

    This is such a sophisticated look, styled to perfection & those shoes are amazing!! Great tips too.
    Marta
    http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

  • Jacqueline Rendine

    Such a great look! Love these tips! Perfect for an interview!

    xo,

    Jacqueline

    stylininstlouis.com

  • trend-mixblog

    This is so pretty and lady like, perfect for a job interview. Thanks for the tips! :)

    http://trend-mixblog.com/

  • http://www.justatinabit.com Tina Phan

    This is the chicest interview outfit! I loveee those shoes with this look!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

  • http://www.wanderhour.com/ katherine lou

    Great tips and your outfit is definitely perfect for an interview! Super chic! Thanks for sharing!

    Katherine Lou
    http://www.wanderhour.com

  • http://brittanyladylawyer.blogspot.com theladylawyer

    So chic! Great tips as well.

  • http://styleopium.blogspot.gr/ Maria Mar

    So elegant and on point.. Also thanks for the tips!

    http://styleopium.blogspot.gr/

  • Happinessatmidlife

    This is such a great feminine professional outfit! Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week.

    Alice

    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

  • http://www.andreaswellnessnotes.com/ Andrea@WellnessNotes

    Great outfit. And great point that interview outfits do not have to be boring!

  • http://iamchiconthecheap.com/ Lyddiegal

    I adore all the light neutral color pallet, and the metallic bag totally sets off the look.

    Chic on the Cheap

  • http://forfashsake.com Julia

    I adore this outfit. It’s perfect.

  • http://notdeadyetstyle.com Patti

    Great post! And gorgeous outfit. I am beyond grateful that my interviewing days are behind me : >

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com