As a recent-ish graduate I’ve had quite a few job interviews in the last couple of years and it’s still a bit of a nightmare for me (and for many, I guess) to choose what to wear to an interview. With Spain’s current 23% unemployment rate sometimes is not enough to have education, skills, work experience, be willing to work for peanuts,but maybe if you’re really lucky the interviewer will like you and call you back. I’ve often felt overdressed in my interviews, which might be “What not to Wear” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”‘s fault with their cliché dressing for the job you want, not for the job you have. Truth is that Spain is a very casual country and many times I was interviewed for big corporations by people wearing jeans and a casual top, while I turned up in smart navy trousers and white shirt.
The real dilemma for me is that when you’re looking for a job in the fashion field you need to decide whether to look classic-professional (based on a suit), fashion-professional (Anne Hathaway in the second half of Devil Wears Prada) or maybe creative-professional (an undefined sort of semi-casual cool). And once you make the choice it turns out everyone else in the office you’re being interviewed in are wearing jeans and jumpers, or really high stilettos. It’s a bit of a clothing russian roulette.
After many interviews, second interviews, skill tests, mock collections and personality tests I realised I was not likely to get a job offer in the near future anyway and started to loosen up (and enrolled a postgraduate course). Maybe it’s my new strategy or maybe I just can’t be bothered anymore, but I just wear what I normally wear and dress it up a little.
Cardigan: H&M | Top: Fred Perry | Trousers: Comptoir des Cotonniers | Shoes: thrifted | that Longchamp bag I wear all the time
Last week I had an interview for an internship with a fashion consulting agency and after a bit of drama (where the heck is my navy cardigan/ why does the metro have to be late today etcetera) I showed up like so. And I actually got the spot!