Home » What to Wear on a Second Interview

What to Wear on a Second Interview

This outfit is even more important than your first interview outfit. Of course it’s your personality and skills that really matter, but your appearance is often what your interviewer will notice first—and it can go a long way in showing her that you’re ambitious, professional, and most importantly, a great fit for the company.

You’ll want to consider the culture of the place you’re applying before you pick out your ensemble. Sometimes, the second interview is a chance to make your appearance even more outstanding!

FOR THE CORPORATE JOB

Depending on the job title, some corporate jobs enable you to dress it down a little more for the second interview. Unless the company’s employees wear suits every day, you can skip the jacket after the first interview—just make sure you’re still dressed a couple of notches above everyone else.

The best thing to do, is to act as if you are starting your job that day, but dress it up a bit more. A statement necklace, a crispy blouse, a good bag and some polished boots or pumps will do the trick.

FOR THE RETAIL OR FASHION-RELATED INDUSTRY

If your second interview is for a fashion-industry job, where the employees looks more like Louis Vuitton models than Gap-outfitted tech employees, you’re going to have to dress the part. You don’t want to look too uptight and corporate, but you still want to be polished and professional. Try opting for a pencil skirt, sleek trousers and a chic blouse. You may always want to add in a few fashion statements, like a designer bag or a bold watch that shows you are capable of being on trend.

FOR THE CREATIVE JOB

If you’re have a second interview at a place where everyone comes to work in jeans and flannels, you don’t want to show up in a black suit—it will signal that you won’t fit in or don’t understand the company culture. But that doesn’t mean you should channel your inner hipster, either. Again, wear something that you would wear if you were starting you first day of work that day. Be sure to wear something that’s comfortable, work-appropriate and represents your personality. Your best options are a nice pair of dark jeans, a simple blouse or sweater, ballet flats, and a small bag with enough room for a note pad, pen, ipad and extra resumes. A casual dress would be appropriate as well.

Good luck out there!

More Fashion Fabula

Editors Picks: Floral + Graphic

RO & De Floral Print Blazer just went out of stock, try the L’Agence floral print blazer instead. L’AGENCE ‘Jean Marie Floral Blazer Fresh white

5 Summer Tops You Can Wear to Work

Dress codes for work are already challenging enough and with rising temperatures it may seem almost impossible to dress appropriate. While in the colder months,

Travel: 6 Packing Hacks

Vacation is fun, but for most packing is not. Here are a few tips to help you master the packing process. 1. Make a packing

History of American Women’s Fashion

In 2010, The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City ran an exhibition called, “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.” It explored

Best Face Masks for Oily Skin

Face masks are the easiest way for a quick fix. Unlike serums, oils or moisturizers, face masks aren’t absorbed into the skin. Instead, they sit

6 Houseplants for a Healthier Home

There’s nothing like a well-curated display of indoor plants! It’s impressive on two levels–the artistic and the practical. It takes some skill to maintain plants,

Work From Home Attire

One of the most attractive things about working from home is the opportunity to wear whatever you want to the “office.” But while it’s tempting

On Trend: A Folk Story

Perhaps the must-have item this season is a peasant dress — the seventies folk trend is set to be a huge success for 2015. The

A Brief History of Anthropologie

Anthropologie is one of those few stores that appeals to women of every age —whether you go for the store’s unique party-dress selection, its delicious

History in Fashion: Skirts

The original idea of a modern skirt was born during the 15th century form the gotic sukiene, which split into two elements : the corset

Iconic American Fashion

Given that it’s was just 4th of July – a day on which we generally tend to focus on what’s good about the US –

The Best Jackets For Spring

Allow us to introduce you into the world of “transitional dressing”. This is your definitive guide on deciding how to dress when the weather is

On Trend: Floral Prints

Wondering how to get your wardrobe to flourish this spring? Look no further than the floral trend seen again this year on the Spring 2015