How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part V

When many college graduates begin their job search, they often wonder “what do I wear to the interview?” It might seem tricky if the company you’re going into is business casual. If the company dress is conservative or business casual, always dress up!Classic shoes

We realize that on a college budget, graduates might have a limited number of suit or dress pieces for an interview. We put together some different interview outfit looks on Ashley, by mixing and matching different accessories to key items in the outfit. This is the best method for any college student to create many interview outfits for less!

Some key items to mix around are:

  • necklaces or scarves with a suit coat
  • blazer or cardigan over a dress
  • classic colored heels with any outfit

For Ashley’s makeup, we used lightweight mineral foundation and blush. For any interview, you want to look natural. To get this natural look, keep the eye shades neutral colored: light pinks, browns, beiges, etc. A brown pencil eyeliner was applied lightly on her top lid, along with brownish/black mascara. We gave Ashley a comfortable and refreshed look for her interview.

Don’t forget the biggest key accessories with your interview outfit…your resume, portfolio, and questions! Good luck!

Ashley's Finished Interview Look

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part I

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part II

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part III

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part IV

How to Land a Job After Graduation: Part VI

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Chernee’s Fashion Picks: What to Wear for Interview Success


In my house we love watching TLC (The Learning Channel) from What’s Not To Wear to Cake Boss, etc. I have loved fashion since I was a little girl. I loved putting outfits together, looking to Vogue or my new favorite by People, called Style Watch!

Currently, more and more candidates are asking what the appropriate dress to wear on an interview is. In particular, candidates wonder how to dress when you know the company dress code is more casual in nature. So we all have those mornings that the closet ends up on the floor and you just can’t find a single thing to wear! Then put on the added pressure that you are going to your first interview knowing that in today’s world, first impressions are so important.

My advice to candidates is: for the first meeting it is better to dress up than down.

There are many options to choose from for creating your best look: classy, conservative, sophisticated, fun, simple, or trendy. There is no one correct style, but you can choose your outfit to be the best looking professional attire in town!

For the first interview, keep your outfit from being too trendy or loud to make the best first impression. Keep accessories to a minimum, so you or the interviewer won’t be distracted by the sound of bangles on the wrist clinking when you’re talking.

To prepare for a second interview, wear something a little more fun to express your personality, such as a dress instead of a suit. Keeping it professional and simple, my mom always said, “less is more!”

Julie and I had so much fun one Thursday afternoon going to the mall (one of my favorite pastimes) to look at all the great clothing options out there for folks. We put together some fun options to wear during the various stages of the interview process.

Browse through our pictures, and let us know your thoughts and tricks for interview dress success!

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