What to Wear to a Corporate Interview

What to Wear to a Corporate Interview

Jacket: BOSS ‘Jabina’ Stretch Wool Suiting Jacket, $595; Skirt: BOSS ‘Vilea’ Stretch Wool Pencil Skirt, $250; Shoe: Ivanka Trump ‘Boni’ Pointy Toe Pump, $110; Bag: Ivanka Trump Soho Tote, $325

We’ve had several requests for posts around what to wear to a job interview.  Because that looks different for so many of our readers, we’re breaking it down into a 3 week series, starting today, with what to wear to corporate interview and ending on December 2nd with ideas on what to wear to an interview in a creative office.

Much has been written about best practices for job interviews. The general guidelines are the same: be on time, bring a copy of your resume, be nice to the receptionist, etc. For the established professional, though, it’s even more important to leverage your expertise. How you dress will help show your value, savvy and attention to detail.

Interviews also look different at this level. Perhaps you are considering changing companies and a series of formal interviews are in order. Other times, you’ll have one formal interview to get started, and some more casual meetings at lunch or dinner to meet your potential colleagues. If you are up for an internal promotion or joining a partnership, there are often months of presentations, receptions and interviews. If you are in the process or about to start climbing the ladder, you need to be prepared and that means you need a new suit.

At some point in any of the above scenarios, a suit will be the most appropriate attire. Especially for the first round of interviews, or when appearing in front of a panel. A formal, properly fitting suit takes some extra effort. Be sure to give yourself enough time to find one and at least a week to have it altered.

When we prepare clients for interviews, we often recommend a navy suit. Black, while always appropriate, is typical. Grey is a great choice once you have the position but depending on the variation of grey, could look less formal, and potentially show wrinkles. Navy is just right. It’s sophisticated, goes with all skin tones and feels modern.

Typically, we recommend purchasing the best quality you can afford. That means different things to different people.  The items featured above would be the best quality and highest price point we recommend. I find less return on quality with prices much higher than Hugo Boss. If you are interviewing for senior executive or C-suite positions it’s important to reflect the value you’ll bring to the organization and the salary range you’ll be in.  In the options below, we included other brands we recommend, at a variety of price points and sizes.

 

Next week we’ll cover what to wear for business casual  interviews and informal lunch and dinner interviews.

 

Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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