What To Wear: Dress To Impress In An Interview

Every girl always an issue with this one: what to wear! In this blog post I’m going to talk about what to wear and what not to wear in an interview. As a Public Relations Professional to-be there are alot of rules that need to be followed to look good in an interview.

Daniel Keeney, a professional public relations specialist who works for DPK Public Relations firm, wrote an article giving advice on what public relations professionals should wear to interviews. The article was entitled “Fundamentals of Media Interview Skills: What To Wear” and he gave important advice on how to succeed an interview by dressing the part.

In his article, Keeney states that “if a person projects an image of informality in a very formal setting (such as wearing sandals for a meeting with the President at the White House), it will undermine the important messages being communicated. The best example is a person who has a very positive message to communicate, but looks just plain sloppy — unshaven and wrinkled.” He explains that what that person says will have far less impact on how they person are perceived through how he presents himself.

Keeney says a good fit, an outfit that makes you feel confident, and a classic look are always on your side. These three things are key to dressing the part for a media interview.

A fashion, public relations blogger wrote on what to wear to a public relations interview. In her blog, Omiru explained that “the perfect interview outfit for a fashion public relations firm is one part fashion-forward and one part professional.” She also said that while you want to show that you’re in the know with up-to-the-moment trends,  you should also reign in the tendency to go all out in an interview.

One thing that Omiru said in her post that I found interesting was that it is better to wear closed toed shoes over open ones. Stick with flats or round-toed pumps over sandals and open-toed pumps. Be fashionable, but not so fashionable that it’s distracting. Omiru ends by suggesting an outfit you can’t go wrong in:  a shirtdress with interesting detailing, a light overcoat or sweater, a luxurious bag, and a pair of low (closed-toe) heels.

Another blogger, Sara McKinniss, wrote a post on things to wear to an interview for a public relations job. She states that if you want that job, you better dress to impress! It is evident that PR agencies tend to have a different working environment than most other types of businesses, so you can dress differently than you would in other cases. In an interview with a fellow PR practitioner, she noted that “I think it really depends on the PR agency. You can never go wrong with a nicely tailored suit – it shows you take the job and your professional career seriously. However, it pays to do a bit of research on the agency culture. If it is a lifestyle firm with a casual dress code, for example, a basic suit might read boring, unimaginative and overdone!”

It is true that no matter whee your interview is, you should dress to impress your potential employer. It is also true that in the public relations field we sometimes have different guidelines as to what impressive is. I learned a lot through reading these articles! I hope you did too!

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