|Look good and feel good.|
As graduation is rapidly approaching, many of you have been or are starting to look for jobs and interview with companies. This post is dedicated to the importance of your overall look and demeanor in your interview.
An interview is somewhat like a first date. The company is checking you out to make sure you would be an appropriate fit for them and the clients or customers they serve. They will be delving into your personality and filling in holes that are not obvious in your resume or educational background.
Many organizations look for a specific personality type and others are only looking at your job experience and skill set. Each interview will be unique to each business and career field– some are casual, while many are formal and quite lengthy. As is the custom in all job interviews, regardless of how casual they are, you must bring several copies of your resume and portfolio, as you never know who you might meet with while you are there. I would also recommend bringing a notepad and pen to take notes and prepare questions beforehand. Read through the company’s website and social media pages to be familiar with the current events within the organization and industry.
Creative jobs come in many forms. Advertising, Marketing, PR, Design, Architecture, Music, Film, Photography, and other art-centric positions and organizations would fit in this category as well. Many creative agencies are looking for the person that would best mesh and work well with the other unique and innovative minds already employed.
Creative agencies are about sharing ideas while also collaborating on projects and being a cohesive unit, so personality is a huge part of the interview. While staying professional, remember to be yourself. There is nothing more unattractive than a fake interviewee. If you can have a normal conversation and speak as you would when you are actually going to be working alongside them, they will have no problem seeing the real you and recognizing you as the perfect candidate.
The Creative Look
While you can get a little more comfortable and stylish with creative job interviews, never wear jeans, flip-flops, tank tops or anything you would not wear to a nice luncheon. The look above is just a guide– feel free to experiment with colorful florals and patterns on dresses and skirts.
By corporate, I am referring to jobs in Finance, Accounting, Government, Business Management, and even creative positions at large, national or international firms. These are the firms where they are mainly looking at your previous work experience, education and recognitions/awards. These positions need someone who is reliable, prompt and has the goods to back up their work.
In these interviews, confidence is key. The employer will drill you with uncomfortable questions, and most of the time you can’t really tell if they like you or not. If you can give off a confident vibe and hold your own throughout the interview, they will see that you have the personality to match your impressive resume.
The Corporate Look
For corporate interviews, most will be formal, meaning you must wear something resembling a suit. Whether that is a skirt suit, pantsuit, or just a blazer and a matchy bottom piece, you should always feel pretty covered and modest. As with the creative look, this ensemble is just a guide! There are plenty of adorable tanks and shells out there to pair with your suits, as well as jewelry you can add to play up any look.
♥AUTHOR: MERRITT BECK