Dressed For Success: 5 Job Interview Outfit Ideas

Acing a job interview goes beyond answering your questions the way the interviewer expects you to. Your outfit will tell the potential boss much more about your personality than your answers, so you’ll have to work on picking out the appropriate clothes for your job interview as well. Keeping it serious and professional is always a plus, but you should ask around about the company’s dress code anyways. Many businesses and start-up companies tend to keep the atmosphere in the office casual and comfortable, so the last thing you need is to look and feel like an outsider during your job interview. 

Power to pantsuits

One of the job interview combinations that always works is a pantsuit. You’ll show everyone that you’re determined, confident and ready to show them what you’ve got. On top of that, pairing a navy blue suit with a white blouse and a pair of pumps will give off a potential boss babe vibe that will leave everyone in awe. Add a silver timepiece and stud earrings to the mix, put on a mauve lipstick, and tie your hair in a low bun. All you need to do next is impress them with your answers.

Introduce the blazer


Business casual is always a safe bet. When you want to achieve a balance between casual and corporate, this is your way to go. Start with a tailored blazer since it’s the easiest piece to mix and match with other staple pieces. Add a classy traditional tuck-in blouse and a pair of chinos or cropped dress pants. Neutral loafers or flats will be the final touch for your workwear that will impress the interviewers and keep you comfortable during warm Australian weather. Feel free to add some pattern to the blouse if you plan to wear a black or blue blazer. When it comes to accessories, a simple charm bracelet and a watch will do. Stay away from flashy jewellery and strong perfumes. Wear nude nail polish and a neutral shade of lipstick.

Say yes to dresses

A dress is also an appropriate option for a job interview, so long as it’s long enough. You will find an array of trendy and affordable women’s workwear in Australia that will make you look chic and job ready. We suggest you go for a simple knee-length black dress. Add a pair of black tights to it and consider wearing flats or booties with a low heel.  A simple necklace and delicate earrings will go well with the rest of the ensemble. Keep things professional and relaxed, and don’t be afraid to show some personality! 

Keep it smart casual

Smart casual will allow you to be noticed without standing out too much from the crowd. For this look, we suggest a button-down and a pair of olive or khaki chinos. A pencil skirt can be a great alternative to chinos. Ankle cropped pants give a more relaxed look, so you can’t go wrong with them. Ballet flats are always the way to go for a job interview considering they’ll keep you comfortable and will be easy to match with the rest of the outfit. Stud earrings and a simple necklace or bracelet are all you need to make this job interview look complete. If you choose to carry a briefcase, leave the purse at home and vice versa.

Colour coordinated set

If you want to prevent your workwear from looking dull, we have a great suggestion up our sleeve. To make your look more whimsical, wear a matching set. A delicate peachy shade or a nude top and a pair of wide-legged pants can be your winning combination. Balance out the wardrobe with neutral accessories and footwear. Black heels will go well with a nude set, and a pair of white heels will balance out the peachy hue. Throw on a black top handle bag to make the entire look cohesive.

Final thoughts

We all know how much stress and anxiety a job interview brings along. However, you can tone it down by knowing exactly the type of clothes that will help you look professional and approachable. Choose any of our suggested looks, and you won’t have to worry about a thing. Just remember to keep it smart, and you’ll ace it for sure.

Peter Minkoff
Peter Minkoff
Peter is a LGBT writer at Gay Republic and The Homo Culture magazine. A true craft beer and soy latte aficionado, he loves spending his days at the beach and visiting second hand stores on a daily basis. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

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