When I first graduated college, I went out and bought an “interview” dress. It was this super structured professional black dress from New York and Company. I wore this to every interview and felt very confident in it. I didn’t have to think twice about what Iw as wearing when I got an interview because I always wore this. Well being the naive self I was, I didn’t realize you had to go to more than one interview before you got the job, so once I got a follow-up interview I had no idea what to wear!
Flash forward a few years and many interviews, I now have a plethora of options for interview outfits and have a better understanding of what to wear to a follow-up interview.
As I mentioned in my “What To Wear To An Interview – Part One” post I always go business professional in the first interview. You always want to show you care and be overprepared. Once you go in and see the office space and culture, you can get more of a feel as to what is appropriate to wear and what isn’t.
I feel like more and more offices are moving away from the business professional dress code and more into the business casual or in my new job they call it “casual creative”. This looks a little different for every person, but essentially it’s just looking put together and professional without being too buttoned up.
What To Wear To A Follow Up Interview
Sticking to professionalism in an interview is important, but you can loosen up a little. Button downs are a great option because you can dress them up or down. I love button downs, so I have quite a few to choose from in my wardrobe. Because you are still showing your personality and letting the employer get to know you I recommend choosing one that reflects you and your style.
I’m a stripes and gingham girl, so this navy and white button-down with tuxedo/ruffle detail is fun while still be professional. I also rolled up the sleeves once to show the details, but also add a trendy flair. I love Pixie Pants from Old Navy, because similar to the button down they can easily be dressed up or down.
The plain navy compliments the shirt nicely while still be simple and professional. Like I mentioned before I try to wear close-toed shoes for at least the first two interviews while you are still getting to know the culture. I went for a low heel in a neutral color to tie everything together.
I finished the look off with some simple accessories and my Barrington St Anne tote. I like to bring a tote on interviews because I can throw in a water if I need it while I’m talking. It’s also big enough to fit your portfolio, resume, notebook, or whatever else you might need.