What to Wear for a Job Interview: Millennials’ Guide
Almost every brand in the world (that knows its marketing well) is targeting millennials with their clothes, so why should the business world be any different? If you don’t already know, millennials are people born between the early ‘80s and early 2000s, or like the older generations like to call them: “the youngsters”. They are free, they are innovative, open minded and ready to conquer the business world for sure!
Know where you’re going
If you are applying for a job in a law firm, it goes without saying that you are not going to appear in a crop top and a tutu. Corporate companies expect you to look neat and conservative. Pencil skirts and black stilettos are a must, if you want to own that business chic.
On the other hand, if you are going to an interview with a startup company, that is going to be a casual chat rather than a strict three on one hearing opt for business-casual. A simple pair of jeans with some basic tee and a nice statement necklace, or a knee-length dress will do.
Use fashion as a form of communication
In the celebrity era, where almost every individual has a (high-quality) camera in their pocket, it is crucial to know how to stand out from the crowd.
Nobody said that your clothes for job interviews need to look boring. There is always a way to personalize your outfit, no matter what you’re wearing. You can add some cool accessories such as statement earrings or a nice watch, or choose a funky clutch instead.
When it comes to clothing itself, there are many business dresses for sale as well as suits, skirts, shirts and blazers with some kind of a twist. Designers are stepping away from traditional cuts and tend to combine monochromatic items that pair up well with patterned ones. You will see oversized and supersized asymmetrical shirts at every corner, as well as blazers (big shoulder pads are making a comeback in 2017 by the way) and cardigans.
Not to mention that a carefully chosen outfit can be a great conversation starter. It’s not like you are the only one who’s applying for that job, right? That’s why you should try to make a lasting impression. Nobody will forget about “that chick in a red shirt/dress thingy on her” or “the one in that cool blazer”. People with sense of fashion tend to gain more trust than those who are combining their garments strictly by the book.
It’s not just your clothing that counts
As we all know, first impression is formed in 7 seconds, and during that time your entire body language, appearance and initial contact is being judged. The first impression you make can also hardly be changed.
When you decide what to wear, you’ll have some details to take care of, as well. Your hairstyle has to be neat – even though we are in 2017, people with undercuts, green hair or some other non-cliché hairstyle are going to have a lot of trouble finding a job. The same goes for tattoos. Make sure they are all covered if you have them.
Other important weapons that you should use in a “grown up world” are going to be the powerful three: your smile, your sense of time (always arrive at least five minutes earlier), and your confidence. Don’t be afraid of anyone – nobody is going to bite you, and, after all, they need someone like you in their company, right?
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