How to (fashionably) ace your job interview

(Sherry Han/The AQ)

Preparing for interviews can be the most stressful part of the whole job search. Imagine waking up ready to kill your interview just to realize there’s a raging thunderstorm outside.

A pair of heels or pricey dress shoes won’t cut it in the rain, but these suggestions will help you look your best and you’ll ace the interview.

Rule number one of job interviews is to dress for success. As much as we’d like to think we don’t judge a book by it’s cover, we do. Jeans and a hoodie may be your everyday style, but it’s not acceptable in the work force. There are easy and comfortable outfits for everyone no matter the weather.

For guys, a tweed sweater with a solid button up underneath is a perfect choice. You’ll look crisp and clean without overdoing it. Add a pair of khakis or dress pants and for those rainy days, pack a pair of dress shoes and wear rubber boots on your commute. You could also opt for a classic look: grey dress pants, a crisp white button up and a navy-blue tie. To stay protected from the elements go with a trench coat; it’s protective and stylish.

Girls, no worries. You can still wear a dress or skirt even in torrential downpours. Slip on your classic black rubber boots or furry snow boots when you’re braving the rain or snow. When it comes to the interview, you can pack a pair of flats into your purse as they’re light and easily portable. Pair them with black wool tights, a skirt and a neutral button up. Add a blazer to top it all off. If you want to brighten things up a bit, choose solid-coloured skirt or blazer. For a cozier but still appropriate option, a knit dress and riding pants are your go-to. To cover you up on the way, a mid-length soft shell jacket that ties at the waist is the perfect way to stay warm and dry without cramping your style.

Now that you’ve got the look down you’re half-way there. Here’s some tips to make them want to hire you right away.

1. Know where you’re going, and get there early. Before heading out to meet your interviewer, make sure you know where your interview takes place and how to get there. Map out your route before you leave and make time for traffic, gas fill ups, etc. Plan to arrive at least 10 minutes ahead of time.

2. Do your research. Knowing your stuff about where you’re applying is a huge advantage. It always looks good on your part to riddle off where and when the company was established, and knowing the company values shows you care about them and are ready to put them to work.

3. Maintain eye contact and speak fluently. This sounds like an obvious one, but it’s so easy to forget. Throughout the interview, keep reminding yourself to look your interviewer in the eye, avoid saying things like “um” or “uh” and answer clearly and loudly. You want to come off as confident and prepared.