What to Wear to a PR Job Interview

Dressing for an interview can be just as stressful as the actual interview. What pants to wear? What shoes look best? What shirt is most professional? These are some questions I’ve asked myself while getting ready fro an interview. It’s sometimes difficult for women to know what exactly comes across as professional. Should we wear dresses or pants? One of my marketing teachers told me that women should always wear panty hose in a business professional situation. Is this true? I hate panty hose. I also heard on the radio that women shouldn’t wear heals to an interview. To get some facts about interview dress, I consulted JobSearch.com for some pointers. They say that what you wear to an interview is extremely important. Whether we’d like to admit it or not, we judge people based on the way they look. Sometimes a job interview is the first impression that employees has of you. If you are dressed unprofessional they may think you are not capable for the job. Wearing flip-flops or sandles to an interview can really give the impression that you don’t care and aren’t very serious about the position you’re applying for.

Alison Doyle gives these tips for “What NOT to Wear to an Interview”:

What Not to Wear on a Job Interview

  • Flip-flops or sneakers.
  • Underwear (bras, bra straps, briefs, boxers, etc.) that is visible. Don’t wear any underwear that shows – even if your bra straps match your top.
  • Shorts.
  • Jeans.
  • Skirts that are too short.
  • Pants that are too low-rise or too tight.
  • Blouses that are too low-cut or too short – don’t show your cleavage or your belly.
  • More on underwear and low-rise pants – make sure the top of your thong, if you wear one, doesn’t show above your pants.

Business Professional  Virginia Tech’s Career Service’s website talks about interview attire and suggests a two-piece suit as being the safest and best option for a job interview. They say wearing a suit to the interview shows that you are very serious about the interview and the potential job. They also mention that even if you know that the work environment is a relaxed one and you could wear jeans to work, DON’T. At least wear a suit to you interview so you look committed and serious about the job. VA Tech also says that making sure your outfit is well pressed and clean is an important thing. Also, don’t wear colors or patterns that are distracting. Usually neutral colors like black, brown, navy are best says VA Tech.

As we begin our job search and are looking for the proper outfits to wear to interviews, it’s important to invest in clothes that are good quality and fit well. Although we may not be able to afford those top dollar suits our bosses are wearing, we can still purchase good-looking, professional clothing. It’s also important to buy pieces that are classics. Instead of following the trends with you professional dress, buy clothes that never go out of style, like a well-tailored jacket and pant. If we look professional, we feel professional and people see us as being professional and serious about a career!


3 Responses to “What to Wear to a PR Job Interview”

  1. Hey Candice! Loved your blog! You are exactly right, we defnitely tend to judge people solely on their appearance. That’s why it’s so important to take that extra step when dressing professionally for a job interview. It’s all about your appearance and how you carry yourself. Before you say a word your potential employer has to be impressed with you. It’s funny to think about because I often see people who literally look like they just woke up. Seriously, do you think you could at least brush your hair! Job interviews are not like going to class all day. And let’s not forget to wear deodorant. It’s simple things and common sense that carry people a long way if you just do them!

  2. Hi Candice! I really enjoyed reading your blog post about what to wear to a job interview. I strongly agree with your comment about how it’s hard for women to decide what to wear in relation to pants or a skirt. As a woman, we want to be taken seriously. For me personally, I always wear pants to my job interviews. I feel comfortable, confident and professional. As you said in your post, “If we look professional, we feel professional…” I agree with you 100%. You have one shot to make a good impression and it’s up to you to make it a lasting one.

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