If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.
In this post, we will be going over some essential tips for What to Wear to an Interview. All women can benefit from these tips, although African American Women have an interesting challenge in job interviews. We do not look like the Steve and Martha's that we complete against in the job market. So on the day of your interview you want to make sure that you are on point.
Side Note: If you are fabulous enough to be interviewing for a job in the fashion industry, then you have more leeway in your appearance. For the rest of us...
“Stick to safe corporate colours navy, black. Wear a suit or dress and jacket. Keep heels elegant rather than teeteringly high. A skirt suit is more feminine than trousers. Keep make up soft, do not wear too much jewellery. Beware of showing too much flesh, cleavage or leg and of dressing too casually. Aim to be well groomed, elegant and professional, you will have more confidence and this will come across to the interviewer.”
Why do young black girls get it wrong in interviews? We subconsciously dress too sexy. We refuse to wear a heel under 4 inches. We wear the braids with the red AND blonde in our hair and act like it's professional. We expose too much cleavage. Why do we do this? Because in EVERY other setting, it works. Society values us for our sexuality. The objective for wearing conservative attire in the interview is for the interviewer to judge us without the distraction of stereotypes. For many of us, this is the ONLY semi-formal setting where we are not being evaluated by our breast and thighs.So it's hard to make the transition.
My personal experience: I wore a nice department store dress to an interview. It was a little tight on my booty but I thought... Eh, it's cute. Then of course, I can't wear a dress like this and not have a good heel on. Welp, I'll just tell you that Frito Lay don't hire office thots. Professional attire and confidence can be sexy, but the two are not synonymous. Stay tuned for my post: My Worst Interview Ever. See you next week!
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