by Darlene Peer, Demand Media
A first impression can make or break an interview. That’s why it’s important to think ahead before you step out into that blustery, snowy winter weather. A winter job interview outfit needs to be warm and has to be able to make it to the interview still looking professional, no matter how slushy it is outside.
When you arrive for your interview, your topcoat may make that vital first impression. That’s why it’s essential to invest in a professional-looking coat that fits well. Mid-thigh or longer is the way to go so the coat covers the bottom of your blazer or suit jacket. A nicely styled trench coat is a classic look. If you live in a colder climate, try to find a lined or woolen trench coat.
There are two ways to approach interview footwear. You may choose to purchase a nice, professional-looking pair of boots. Pick a neutral tone or classic black so the boots will match most outfits. White boots may be tempting, but salt stains and muck will not make a good impression. The other option is to wear boots or overshoes, carry business-style shoes, and change your footwear when you reach the interview. Just tuck your boots by the closet or the door. Either way, wear boots that will allow you to reach your interview safely. High heeled options may be appealing but you don’t want to show up for your interview covered with snow from a fall. No matter what the season, flip flops and sandals are not appropriate footwear for an interview.
If your favorite interview clothes feel a little too light for a winter interview, consider layering. Cover a sleeveless shirt with a sweater or add a shawl to a light blouse. Layering shouldn’t mean choosing baggy clothes that don’t fit well. Choose clothes that are suited to your figure and avoid seasonal sweaters with characters or landscapes on them. If the interview is for a company that prefers business casual, men may be able to get away with leaving the suit at home and wearing a blazer over a dress shirt.
Carefully consider the weather before setting out. Although you may not be a fan of hats and scarves, wearing them is better than showing up at the interview snow-covered and wet. You want the interviewer to pay attention to your answers, not distracted by watching the snow in your hair melt. If it’s windy, choose slacks over a skirt. Women should remember to apply waterproof makeup. If wearing a skirt, you may want to stick to nude or sheer black pantyhose, but an even better choice is opaque tights. Tights can make the transition from boots to pumps without losing their style.