1. Wear your power color, whatever it may be. My power color is the color that I feel confident in and that I know looks good with my hair and complexion. I have two of them actually: turquoise and pink. Figure out what yours is and wear it confidently!
Cardigan & Dress: NY&Co
Belt & Shoes: Target
2. Keep your jewelry simple. If you know me, you know I like to stack my bracelets and wear big ole blingin' rings and dangly earrings. Well, I toned it down a bit for my interviews. ;) I wore a simple bracelet watch, one silver ring and small earrings. When you're interviewing, you want your personality and abilities to shine. You don't want your interviewers distracted by by the sparkly ring that keeps waving through the air. Or the clinking of bangle bracelets as they slide up and down your arm.
Watch & Ring: Target
3. Wear simple heels. I love a bright heel. And I love a high heel. But for an interview, especially for a teaching interview, you should wear flats or simple heels. You don't want the interviewers to think that you're too insensible to handle standing in a classroom all day!
Cardi, Shirt & Skirt: NY&Co
4. Pay attention to the details. I rarely paint my nails these days, but I knew I wanted them painted for my interviews. So, I swiped on a pretty nude coat called Satin Doll by deborah lippman on Sunday night. As I was pointing to my portfolio, the color helped to transform my nails from the haggard chipped nails of a mom to a classy lady. ;) Also, those toes!! You really should be polished from head to toe for an interview. Ha, pun intended. Nobody likes to glance down and see big unpainted toes ruining a cute sandal! While I'm sure it wouldn't cost you the job, it could cause the interviewer to wonder if you forego the minor details in your personal appearance, would you forego minor details in your classroom as well?
5. Last of all, have fun with your outfit! When I was choosing what I was going to wear, my main goal was to wear something that was totally me. I wanted to portray my fun personality by wearing fun colors or patterns. On day one, I wore my skinny belt knotted over my dress. On day two, I didn't want to be too risky, but I did mix it up a bit by pairing colors in an unexpected way. Those little things are the things that will allow the interviewers a glimpse into who you are and how you'll engage and entertain your students.
Now, we won't know if these tips actually work until next week when I (fingers crossed, please, pretty please, please, please!) get an offer. ;)
Do you have any other tips or suggestions for dressing for an interview?
I'm linking up today with The Pleated Poppy and Transatlantic Blonde.