When you are unemployed and looking for work, sometimes your focus is on your resume and you forget about the interview process. Suddenly you get called for an interview and realize that you have nothing to wear. Part of being unemployed and looking for work is being prepared to go out on interviews. Here are some tips on how to be ready without spending too much money.
If you are someone who is looking for work in a service field, perhaps your closet does not contain the necessary wardrobe for interviewing. If all you wore in your previous jobs were casual clothing or uniforms, you may be lacking in a proper interview suit.
Especially if you do not plan on working in a field that requires you to wear business professional clothing every day, your closet probably reflects that. Going to an interview casually dressed is not the right way if you want to get the job. No matter what the job position, you should show up for an interview well-groomed and professionally attired.
Every man or woman should have at least one professional or dress outfit in their closet. This includes a pair of shoes. For a woman, something conservative like a pair of pumps is a necessity. Showing up for an interview baring your toes, even if they are well-manicured, is a no-no. A decent pair of professional looking shoes does not have to cost a lot of money and should be a part of your wardrobe- just in case.
No matter what your religious background you may need to attend a funeral one day. Having an outfit that is worthy of wearing to a funeral can double as an interview outfit. For a man, this means a decent quality suit. Every man should have one. A jacket and a pair of dress pants with a shirt can pass instead of a formal suit. This can double as an interview outfit for any position that you apply for.
For a woman, a neutral skirt or slacks and a blouse or even quality sweater is appropriate. You should be able to mix and match something for an interview. Staying with neutral colors like browns or blacks can give you a professional look.
If you really have nothing in your closet, it is time to go shopping. If you are low on funds, look for sales. You need to spend money on one good outfit for interview purposes. Even if you know the likelihood of wearing dress clothes to work is low, having it in your closet will not be a waste of money. Purchase something that can always be used like a tailored jacket or skirt in black, gray or brown. Consider the fabric also so that it can be worn year-round.
If money really is tight, check out a consignment shop. Many times they have women’s clothing that is designer but not at designer prices. Sometimes you will even find items still with the original tags attached. This is a very reasonable way to find interview clothes at a bargain price.
Another option is to check out a store like Marshall’s. They offer designer clothing at deep discount. The reason they are able to do this is that department stores often order too much of a style or size and when they want to make room for new stock, they make deals to get rid of their overstock. The consumer wins because they get quality and style at an affordable price.
For shoes, stores like Payless offer up real bargains. The shoes are stylish and with buy-one-get-one half off specials, you can get shoes for an interview and half off on something that you may wear every day. It is a win-win situation.
Being prepared for a job interview can be the difference between getting the job or not getting the job. How you present yourself is important but you do not need to spend a lot of money in order to look good.