By Taylar Kobylas
The old saying “dress to impress” is something we hear constantly in the professional world. When attending a formal interview, it is important to not only be your best self, but present yourself as such, too. A professional image is the first way an organization or interviewer sees you, so it is key to make the right first impression.
There are tons of ways to express yourself via modern apparel and unique items that make you stand out. Here are some suggested must-haves to help you shine at your next interview:
1. Discover your signature item/color
2. Find your strut in black dress shoes
3. Work the perfect pair of dress pants
4. Rock some rocks
5. Say no to B.O.
6. You’re never fully dressed without a smile
Most importantly, these things don’t have to break the bank! Optimism and determined bargain hunting will help you stay on budget, yet attain what you need. For a good start, check out T.J. Maxx’s selection of day dresses, Marshall’s career departments (particularly for sweaters and ties) or Banana Republic for tons of great accessories. A little searching goes a long way and is worth every effort.
The rest is up to you. In the words of iconic stylist and designer Tim Gunn: make it work!