The student, the budget and the wardrobe

By this time in the semester most students here at SAU are starting to look for summer internships or post-graduate jobs.

Whether this is your dream job or a job to keep your parents from nagging, you should always dress the part. As much as we would all love a job where you can dress in T-shirts and shorts everyday, we can’t be a camp counselor forever.

Preparing for an internship or a job is usually stressful and hectic, and the last thing you want to worry about is what to wear on the day of your interview.

You are probably asking yourself, what is appropriate attire to wear for your upcoming interviews? This will usually depend on the position you are interviewing for and also the company. Do your research. Find out if the company is conservative or if the office environment is more relaxed. You might not think so, but these things have a lot to do with your interview outfit.

This goes for men and women: dress for the job you want, not the job you have.

Relaxed (casual): If they tell you to dress casual you can always play it safe with a pair of khakis and a dress shirt. Don’t wear pants that are too big or wear your shirt untucked. Dressing sloppy won’t get you the job.

Alexandra Fulton/The Buzz.
Alexandra Fulton/The Buzz.

Business Casual: Take your casual look to the next level by adding a tie. Even if most of the guys in the office don’t wear a tie on a daily basis, you will make a good first impression. P.S. You can find tons of videos on how to tie a tie on YouTube. It should end right above your belt.

Alexandra Fulton/The Buzz.
Alexandra Fulton/The Buzz.

Conservative (business): You might be uncomfortable for an hour or two, but wear a suit. Purchase a good suit that fits you well. It may seem over-priced now, but if it gets you a job, it will be worth it come your first paycheck. A solid black suit is both versatile and timeless.

Alexandra Fulton/The Buzz.
Alexandra Fulton/The Buzz.

There are definitely more outfit options for women to wear on job interviews, which is a positive. On the negative side of that, it is also easier for women to look inappropriate.

Alexandra Fulton/The Buzz.
Alexandra Fulton/The Buzz.

A few simple rules to follow: no spaghetti straps, no low-cut tops—wear a turtleneck if you have to, and just like in grade school, if your hands are at your sides, your skirt shouldn’t be shorter than your fingertips.

Play it safe with a few key pieces: A dress layered with a cardigan, a skirt with a blouse, and dress pants with a sweater or scarf. Obviously these pieces can be mixed-and-matched, but they are a safe way to guarantee looking stylish and appropriate at your interview.
As great as it is being a college student, chances of your college wardrobe getting you a job is near impossible.
Style on, SAU.


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