Interview Attire… Females

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    kpine1852
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    I have an interview coming up in Atlanta with a large firm (not big 4, but something similar & also trying for big 4). And I'm not sure what to wear. I know the norm used to be a black pant suit with black blazer and all, but someone told me a “dressy business causal” is better. So maybe I should go with a grey skirt and a long sleeve top? Does any women out there want to share what they wore to an interview with a large firm?

    Background: female, young 20's, worked at small firm previously where professional attire wasn't needed.

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    #1643102
    Lauren
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    I interviewed at large and mid-size firms and always wore a black skirt suit. I don't like how pantsuits look on me, but skirt suits felt both feminine and professional. You absolutely cannot go wrong with a black or dark grey suit, but you could go wrong with “dressy business casual.” Dress that way AFTER you get the job.

    A few pieces of advice:

    a) Be conservative with hemlines if wearing a skirt. Hemlines we see on tv are WAY too short and not appropriate for real life. Your skirt really shouldn't ride much above your knee if at all.

    b) Be conservative with jewelry. I'd stay away from dangling earrings, big necklaces, lots of bracelets, etc. It's an interview, and maybe you end up in a place where such pieces are fine, but be conservative at the interview.

    c) Be comfortable. Wear shoes you can comfortably walk in, wear clothes that fit correctly and don't require you to readjust them when you sit down, stand up, etc.

    Good luck. 🙂

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    #1643197
    BBHYX
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    I also always black or grey skirtsuits. I think pantsuits would also be fine. I would definitely go for business professional rather than business casual. You'll want to wear something with a blazer, not just a long sleeve top. For interviews, it's better to overdress than underdress. Flats and (business appropriate) heels are both fine, whatever is most comfortable. I liked to wear heels just because it made me look and feel more professional. As the person said above, be conservative with hemlines, makeup (don't go too heavy on the eyeliner), etc. My skirts were all above the knee but just barely.

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    #1643200
    JRM
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    Definitely some sort of suit combination. I interviewed with a small-mid size company and the interviewers were also wearing suits!

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    #1643203
    JRM
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    Both interviewers were female by the way.

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    #1643209
    Anonymous
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    a dress with a blazer might work as well. I would definitely dress up for an interview rather than down.

    #1643234
    kpine1852
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    Thank you all for the tips! I ended up finding a dark grey skirt suit combo I loved today. So now I feel confident with a brand new professional outfit. I really appreciate you all!

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    #1643668
    Lauren
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    That's great, @kpine1852! Good luck at your interview! 🙂

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    #1644079
    Scared-cpa
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    Hey, everyone! I have a similar situation that I would like opinions on.

    I have an interview at a public accounting firm next Friday. They have casual Fridays, and the director who will be conducting the interview said it is fine for me to dress casual as he will be in blue jeans himself. But I don't want to go as casual as blue jeans! I thought maybe nice structured dark navy blue pants, flats, and a professional, clean cut blouse. Is this business casual enough? Other options are welcomed 🙂

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    #1644092
    Skynet
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    #1644292
    Scared-cpa
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    Lol I would love to see their reaction. It would guarantee they wouldn't forget me!

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    #2359641
    RichardB6
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    try jegging with a dress shirt.
    or you can wear a suit.
    It looks pretty and classy on ladies.
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    Also wear light jewelry like tops and a light locket along with a nice watch.
    After that, you are good to go. 🙂 🙂

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#2360190
Lindsey_p87
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@Scared-CPA I would definitely go more business casual, maybe dress pants and a nice top or a cute dress. I've always heard it's good to dress one step above your interviewers. If they'll be wearing jeans, I think business casual is fine.

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