How to dress for: Grad Job Interviews

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Whether you’re in your final year and looking for your next step in life, or you’re trying to find any experience you can (hopefully paid) to add to your CV, an immense source of pressure for grad job or summer internship interviews is making a good impression – ultimately, what you wear. No matter what industry you’re interviewing for, it is necessary to look professional. Girls, that means making sure your tights don’t have any runs in them and guys, do your top button up and straighten your tie! With my helpful tips below, hopefully you’ll feel a little less nervous at your next interview.

The Ladies

Style icons: Kate Middleton, Olivia Palermo, Miranda Kerr

–       If you choose a dress, make sure it’s an appropriate length and doesn’t show off too much cleavage. Pair with a blazer to add a professional flair.

–       Blue jeans, no matter how smart, are not an option. If you’re struggling to find a smart pair of trousers, you can get away with black jeans or leggings (I don’t mean New Look’s “so thin they’re practically tights” leggings) as a suitable second choice.

–       Adding accessories to your outfit gives you the chance to have some fun and show your creativity. A statement necklace or printed scarf can really tie an outfit together and make you stand out from the crowd.

The Gentlemen

Style icons: Ryan Gosling, David Beckham, Nick Grimshaw

–       If you want to pull out all the stops, suit up! Classic black is associated with eveningwear, so aim for a suit in navy blue for a fresh approach.

–       If you’re interviewing for a more casual work place, a button down shirt and chinos provide an accomplished air. Add a jumper in a neutral colour and let your collar and your cuffs peek out.

–       With such cold weather conditions, a smart coat is crucial. Whether you choose a trench or a pea coat, adding a bright and warm scarf will complete the look.

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