I have been asked this question many times over, so I thought it was time to answer it to the masses. “Is it better to wear a skirt or pant suit to an interview?”
Dressing for an interview is always an important consideration, but even more so these days, when the competition is fierce.
If you ask for my personal opinion, I will almost always opt for a skirt suit, because that is my personal preference, I love the femininity a skirt brings to a woman, I also feel most comfortable in skirts and dresses and that makes me feel confident and empowered. To me, professional interview attire for a woman is a skirt or a dress, because as women we can do certain things that men cannot and wearing skirts and dresses is obviously one of them, so when in an interview situation, I think it’s a great opportunity to flaunt your expertise as well as your femininity. It’s also a great way to create a lasting first impression, if you walk in and own a room for 30 minutes.
No matter what you decide, you must feel 100% comfortable and confident in it or it just won’t work. The last thing one needs to worry about when interviewing is feeling awkward with their presentation, so whatever you choose, make sure it is a reflection of who you are, what you stand for and something that empowers you. The only caveat I have to such a bold statement, is to ensure it is appropriate to the industry/organization you are interviewing with.
Almost any job in the corporate world is expecting candidates to present in a suit, however if you are more inclined towards the arts and creativity, suits are perhaps inappropriate and more colorful, casual attire would be expected and respected.
What you wear is only one part of the ensemble. Accessories, perfume, hair and make-up, shoes and purses also contribute to your first impression. You only get one chance to make a first impression so pulling out all the stops is imperative, especially in tough economies like this.