interview clothes

Job Interview – Planning an Outfit

Simple Job Interview outfit

Planning what to wear for an interview can be hard sometimes. You neither want to be too casual or under dressed, or too formal. I always have the same problems and with me wanting to work in an industry related to creativity and/or post production which doesn’t really revolve in a corporate attire kind of world (at least, the ones I have worked and applied to), it is hard for me to find the middle ground of too corporate or too casual.

What I wore for my recent job interview – easy, not too much, simple, yet professional.

Job Interview Outfit

I wish I could’ve taken a picture of myself wearing the outfit but, I just got so caught up with preparation and nerves that it just didn’t cross my mind. Some of these are not the accurate products I have, bu the closest I could find (the blazer, slacks, shoes, bag, accessories – same style but I couldn’t find the right design.) But this is what I wore and it did felt like it wasn’t too corporate but it still was professional enough for an interview. I kept my dragonfly earrings just because I don’t want to wear my big pearl earrings. I still want to give the impression that I like creative stuff, and it felt like the dragonfly earrings gave that impression – but in a good way.

I wanted the make up to be simple. I want to look flawless at least but not feel like I have so much gunk on my face that when my nerves kick in, my face will be drowning in running make up (which was what I felt last time). I cleansed, toned, and moisturized and then applied just a few make up and hair products.

Job Interview Make-up List

The make up and hair product I used:
– Maybelline Fit me Stick Foundation – 240 Golden Beige (love this ❤ )
– Avon Mineral Loose Powder
– Almay Intense i-color Shimmer-i Kit
– Covergirl Perfect Blend Pencil – Basic black
– Rimmel Extra WOW lash Mascara
– Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm
– Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Flat Iron Perfector Straightening Mist (loving this SO much)
– L'Oreal Paris Elseve Smooth Intense Anti-Frizz Serum

I’m not sure how much I really spent on this, because some of this products I already had with me when I immigrated. But I usually buy (at least for the make-up) really affordable ones because unemployment is limiting me with make-up options and I do believe thatthey did work well for me, despite being cheap compared to the favorite make up item brands.

I did hope my impression came out good. I made sure I cut my nails short and just put some clear top coat on it. If I was applying as a video editor, I don’t want them to think I’m putting too much effort into putting make up (in which case I only know basic steps) and long nails will just make it harder for me to edit anyways.

I have more job interview outfits I haven’t really worn them yet so I won’t be posting them for now. Let me know what you think. Too much? Too bland? Oh well, if I get another job interview, I will post the outfit and make up wore again and maybe you guys could give me some ideas and feedback.

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Second job interview was interesting

Had my second interview today,and I had a more optimistic attitude

Do the dance

Getting more comfortable with interviews after failed job interviews

Let me do a happy dance!

After an interview for a video editing job position today, I felt much better. I finally felt that feeling that I didn’t feel when I did my previous interview where I had so much regret that I didn’t do well with my answers. With this recent interview, I felt at ease and comfortable enough to express all my answers in all honesty, in a professional way of course.

It wasn’t just mental preparation. I wanted to feel good in my clothes and make up. Again, with my previous interview, my make-up was running and it made me so uncomfortable that I do think it added to my nerves and my physical presentation. And so I asked my husband to just let me buy some stuff (make up and hair products) so that I would at least look professional enough. I had a blazer on, a cute white top to match with it, black slacks and nude heels, with simple make up and flat-ironed hair. I did keep my dragonfly earrings on instead of putting the pearls because I didn’t want to be too corporate because I did have a feeling that it was going to be a casual work office.

The company I had my interview with is a small company which mainly deals with post-production. The fact that they were casual and laid-back made me comfortable conversing with them, instead of sounding like a robot with every answer I say. The interview process was short, direct, casual. Before it started, I was talking to one of them and it kind of broke the ice because we talked about something in common: immigration process. After that chat, I had three people interviewing me (which was a first for me because I’ve had a one-on-one interviews or a panel interview with one interviewer asking at least three applicants questions related to the job.) It was scary at first because I have to say an answer which will satisfy all three interviewers.

I would have to say, prepping for an interview and making sure your clothes and make up, does help in making you feel at ease and less nervous. The only time I got nervous was when I stepped into the office and everyone was looking, and when my hair tie got loose and so my hair was just annoyingly hanging on the left side of my face, with which I had to remove my hair tie and continue answering their questions with my hair down (which I hope did not get me any bad point), and I didn’t realize I was fiddling with the hair tie that it fell on the floor which cut off my speech and I had to pick it up form the floor (which I am hoping I don’t get any bad point for that too.)

I didn’t forget to send a thank you note, and I heard back from them a few hours afterwards saying they’ll let me know by next week, that is if I get to do the next part of the hiring process or if everything I said during the interview wasn’t enough.

Fingers crossed, I really do hope I hear back from them again.