You’ve successfully landed a job interview, and now you’ve got to look the part. You already know the importance of dressing professionally, but what about accessories? The adage “less is more” certainly applies to a job interview, but it doesn’t bar you from adding a little flair to enhance your interview look. With the right accessories, such as luxury watches or sleek bags to tote around your portfolio, you can dress to impress and leave a lasting impression on your potential employer. Here’s how to best accessorize an interview outfit during your next job interview.
Like most things, a little goes a long way, and jewelry is no exception. While you don’t want to overdo it with loud or gaudy jewelry, adding some tasteful pieces to your interview ensemble can help pull your look together and allow you to showcase your style. It’s best to avoid overly distracting jewelry such as nose rings, dangling earrings, or stacked bracelets, as these can detract from what you’re saying and why you are qualified for the job. Instead, try accessorizing with simple, tasteful pieces, such as a tennis bracelet, delicate necklace, or diamond stud earrings, to complement your attire’s colors and detail and help express who you are.
Even if you don’t wear a watch regularly, a job interview is a good time to wear one. A luxury watch is more than just a functional timepiece. Not only can a sophisticated watch help complete your look, but it can help send a message of reliability and professionalism.
Similar to other jewelry pieces, some watches may not be the right fit for your interview. For instance, it’s best to steer clear of overly large or flashy watches or colors or styles that don’t coordinate with your outfit. You also want to make sure you’re not dressing down your attire by wearing something too casual or sporty.
With the right pair of shoes, you can play up your interview look and make a good first impression. Closed-toe, neutral pumps, and dress shoes are a smart choice for any interviewee. And if your shoes match your purse, briefcase, or jacket, you’ll impress with your thoughtful color coordination.
Even in warm temperatures, it’s best to avoid overly casual summer shoes, such as sandals or flip-flops. Similarly, steer clear of sneakers or other sporty shoes that might dress down your ensemble. For the ladies who like to rock super high heels or platforms, those are best left for a night on the town. If your socks require shoes, your sock choice matters too. The color of your socks should match the color of your pants. If you are wearing a skirt or dress to your interview, wear a pair of sheer skin-colored stockings.
HAIR AND MAKEUP
Wearing makeup and doing your hair is a fun way to express yourself and try new styles. However, for an interview, go for a more conservative look. Whether or not you usually wear makeup, using minimal amounts to highlight your best features during your interview is acceptable. The key is to go for a more subtle natural look. The same applies to your hair and nails. Keep finishing touches like your makeup, hair, and nails simple by using more traditional colors, avoiding oversized scrunchies or hair clips, and sporting nails that are the appropriate length and color of nail polish.