If you’re interviewing for a creative position, use your wardrobe to help demonstrate your personality, creativity–and professionalism.
By Kena Paranjape
Contrary to popular belief, a suit is not always the best wardrobe choice for an interview. If you work, or want to work, in a creative field (fashion, public relations or graphic design are good examples), your choice of outfit can play a key role in getting you the job (or not!).
Imagine you are sitting in the office of the hiring manager trying to sell them on your creative abilities, your experience and your strengths. If you are wearing a buttoned-up, conservative suit, your image will not correspond to your words. You want to sell them on YOU—the full package, including your style, personality, business savvy and skills.
The key to mastering an outfit appropriate for a creative job is to ensure it conveys your personal style while also remaining polished. Keep either your top or bottom classic and add personality through color and accessories. The outfits below are a good place to start:
1. Printed wrap dress, heels and a great bag.
2. Wide leg trousers and a silk blouse.
3. Pencil skirt, crisp white shirt and a bold necklace.
Before heading to any interview, check with the human resources department directly on what would be appropriate. It is in their best interests to help you succeed in the interview. Even better, connect with an employee who can give you insider tips on dress code and style within the company. Finally, whatever you choose to wear, make sure you feel both fabulous and comfortable in it so that your personality and skills shine brighter than your outfit!