HOW TOesday: Dress for a job interview

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In urma cu o saptamana, in cadrul companiei la care lucrez s-au facut mai multe angajari. Mi-am dat seama, cu ocazia asta, ca exista mari probleme legate de “cum sa ma imbrac pentru un interviu”. Desigur, fiecare post pentru care aplici are “codul” lui vestimentar. Dar daca e vorba despre o companie serioasa in care trebuie sa fii prezentabila de dimineata pana seara, nu ai voie sa te prezinti in niciuna dintre situatiile de mai jos:

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A week ago, the company I am working for had some job interviews. And it was the perfect occasion for me to see how women think about “how to dress for a job interview“. It’s true, every job has its own dressing code, but when we are talking about a serious company that needs you to look sharp from 9 to 6, you are not allowed to present yourself in any of these ways:   

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Zara trench / Reserved shirt / Sense dress 

H&M ring & belt / Giuka bag / Folli Follie watch / New Look booties

  1. Cu o palarie imensa cu pene
  2. Imbracata in negru din cap pana in picioare
  3. Imbracata in culori puternice din cap pana in picioare
  4. Cu cioarapi cu plasa
  5. Cu unghii lungi sau pictate sau ascutite sau, sau, sau…
  6. Cu parul nespalat
  7. Cu puloverul bunicii
  8. Cu haine care arata a desuuri
  9. Machiata de seara (no smoky eyes!)
  10. In adidasi, tenisi, conversi sau orice pantof sport
  11. In papuci (da, sunt la moda, dar fii serioasa! Nu vrea nimeni sa-ti vada calcaiele la birou, oricat de mult scrub le-ai aplicat!)
  12. Purtand accesorii sclipitoare. Stiti prea bine cat de mult iubesc accesoriile si mai ales colierele statement. Dar daca locul in care mergi la interviu tine la eticheta ai face bine sa nu te impopotonezi prea tare.

Pentru multe dintre voi aceste detalii sunt cat se poate de logice, vi se par poate chiar absurde de mentionat. Dar poate daca nu as fi vazut cu ochii mei, nici nu as fi deschis subiectul. Chiar daca nu sunt fana a tinutelor office, business si in general a look-urilor prea ingrijite (prefer oricand jeansii rupti), stiu cat de mult conteaza prima impresie intr-un interviu.

Daca nu ati mai lucrat intr-un birou pana acum si habar nu aveti cum sa va imbracati – sau nu aveti nimic “ok” in garderoba, apelati la cel mai simplu truc:

*Adaugati o camasa alba pe sub o rochie clasica. Cu siguranta aveti cel putin cate o bucata din ambele prin sifonier. Eu am ales una dintre camasile mele preferate, cu jabou, pe care am purtat-o si de Revelion, si o rochie noua, super simpatica, pe care pot sa o port intr-o suta de tinute, fara sa se prinda nimeni ca e vorba de aceeasi rochie de fiecare data. Iubesc piesele de genul asta, voi nu? Rochia o gasiti in magazinul online Fashion Sense aici, un brand care lucreaza cu unul dintre designerii mei romani preferati, Andreea Tincu.

Adaugati un ceas masculin, dresuri negre opace (daca e frig), botine sau pantofi cu toc mediu cat mai clasici.

Daca va place si va simtiti confortabil cu stilul masculin, va recomand ca varianta o tinuta cu pantaloni, camasa si sacou.

Voi cand ati fost ultima oara la un interviu? Si ce ati purtat?

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  1. A huge feathered hat
  2. Wearing black from head to toe
  3. Wearing lots of colors from head to toe
  4. Fishnet stockings
  5. Long fake nails, painted nails, pointed nails…etc. Just stick to natural!
  6. With your hair unwashed
  7. Wearing grandma’s sweater
  8. Wearing clothes that look like pajamas or like sexy underwear
  9. With a smoky eyes makeup
  10. Wearing your sport shoes
  11. Wearing flip flops or slippers (yes, they’re really fashionable, but get real! Nobody wants to see your heels no matter how well scrubbed they are!)
  12. Wearing too much bling bling. You know well how much I love accessories and most of all statement necklaces. But unless you’re interviewing for Vogue or an accessories brand you’d better not wear too many rings, bracelets and other sparkling details.

For many of you these rules probably sound silly or maybe even absurd. But believe me when I say that I am talking from experience, people really show up wearing all those things to an interview. (One at a time, of course!) And even if I’m not so big on very put together looks (at least not on me), I know how important is to make a good impression at an job interview.

If you have never worked before in an office and you have no idea how to dress for an interview – or you think you have nothing to wear for this particular occasion, try this simple trick:

*Add a white shirt under any simple classic looking dress. You must have at least one white shirt and one classic dress in your wardrobe. I picked one of my favorite shirts (I also wore it for New Year’s party) and added a super cute and fun dress that I just bought from Fashion Sense, an online shop that delivers clothes designed by one of my favorite Romanian designers, Andree Tincu. You can find the dress here.

For a complete look add a masculine watch, opaque stockings (if it’s cold) and simple classical shoes or booties.

As an alternative you can also wear a masculine suit with this shirt. But I recommend that only if you’re comfortable with masculine clothes, because it’s essential that you feel comfortable at your job interview.

When was your last job interview and what did you wear?

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