Dress for interview success
Lina Henao, creative director of Bijoux Terner, said a simple, classic suit and bold embellishments make a great interview ensemble.
Sure, you want to wow interviewers with your expertise, charisma and charm, but you also need to have the right look.
Lina Henao, creative director at accessories company Bijoux Terner, offered simple tips for looking like a million bucks without spending a fortune.
Stay neutral, but accessorize with personal style
Henao suggested wearing traditional-style suits in classic colors to be on the safe side.
For men, she suggested neutral-color shirts as well.
But, you dont want to look boring, she warned. So you can have a plain black suit, but add some accessories. Look for accessories in colors you feel comfortable in that look good on you, she said.
She recommended women wear silk scarves and tops to add color. Those give an updated look and a touch of color.
For men, she suggested a tie with color, so as not to look too somber.
Also, wear nice cuff links that match your tie that shows attention to detail.
Dont fall prey to trends. You want things you feel comfortable in, she said.Coordinate with the office environment
Always keep the job environment in mind when planning your outfit.
If youre interviewing at a law firm or formal office, youll want to dress rather conservatively. If its a design job youre looking for, show off your personal style. If youre a fashionista, youre going to want to look for something really bold, Henao said.
Some companies are strict on dress code, though, so research before, she said.
Know when to splurge and save
Henao suggested both men and women splurge on a classic, simple suit. You can even get one thatll work from season to season.
Look for one that fits you really well, she advised.
Shoes should also be a splurge, she said. You want to go for something thats fashionable, and neutral something that goes well with the suit.
When it comes to accessories and tops, though, look for bargains. Look for quality, craftsmanship and thread. The brand doesnt matter, Henao said. If they are well-made and sewn properly, they hold their shape and that will show.