How to Dress for a Creative Job Interview

How to Dress for a Creative Job Interview
How to Dress for a Creative Job Interview
Unless you go to an arts-based college or university, the majority of your student body probably thinks that a black or navy suit — even for girls — is the go-to option for interviews and internships. But dress codes vary by industry, and if you’re not part of the finance, law or other business disciplines, a dark suit may not be the kind of outfit that gets you a second interview. Dressing more conservatively for a first-time job interview or job fair is generally a safe bet, even for industries like communications, the sciences and engineering, political science and the social sciences. But for design, arts and music majors, or for those wanting to break into industries like fashion, tech and social media, or the art and museum world, dressing conservatively doesn’t mean wearing clothes that belong in a bank manager’s office.

Dressing in a way that hides your creative flair and artistic talent could actually hurt you in these industries. General guidelines to remember are to wear something you feel comfortable and natural in, and that shows off your personality and personal style and proves that you have a good eye for editing, styling, color, fit, proportion, and the occasion. For women, a wrap dress, pencil skirt with a fishtail paired with a blouse, well-cut trouser with a flattering top are all acceptable choices. Bring in color and interest with a silk scarf, stand-out belt, good shoes that you can walk in, a colorful hair accessory, or sophisticated jewelry. Don’t pile on accessories or layer too many colors so that your outfit takes away from your face and what you have to say: avoid loud jewelry, hats, and over-layering: you want to look like you’re ready to work, not swimming in your colorful clothes! Men can wear dress shirts and slacks, but not necessarily a matching jacket. Sport coats, more colorful ties, a good pair of polished shoes, and sweaters are good options. Play with proportion for pants and jackets, but make sure everything fits perfectly.

If you’re unsure about how much leeway you can take with your outfit, call the hiring manager and ask for tips. Also do some research about the industry. Visit a friend or contact at work to get a feel for how many people wear jeans and how new hires are expected to dress. Remember that showing off your personal style can be just as important as presenting your portfolio — be honest, comfortable, and know how to edit.
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