I usually do not mind going to interviews because I genuinely love learning about new opportunities and hearing about what working in my desired profession is really like. However, I do occasionally struggle with what to wear since first impressions last a lifetime. Here are a few interview outfit ideas for creative jobs, such as for a magazine, design, fashion, or a more lax environment. I love to add a bit of my own style while looking clean and professional.
Interview tips I’ve learned throughout the years (and still learning):
1. Always, always, always research extensively beforehand. Research the company, your interviewer, the position…anything possible. This isn’t so that you have the right answer for each question, but rather to show interviewers your hard work and interest in their company.
2. Allow the interview to be a give-and-take. Have a conversation rather than having answers for everything. I like to talk to the interviewer about their personal feelings on their jobs, company, etc. after gauging the correct feel. It’s fun for them and informative for you.
3. Go early, but not too early. I’ve heard that ten minutes before your interview time is good, but fifteen is a bit too early and may throw the interviewer off schedule.
4. Look clean, smell clean, be clean. Self-explanatory, but be sure to dress appropriately (overdressing is better than underdressing to show that you made an effort) and take care of any other distracting or negative parts of your ensemble.
5. Smile! After doing your research and dressing the part, you should feel confident and excited for your interview. Ask for a business card or contact info at the end if you don’t have it already and send a thank you email within 24 hours after the interview.