5 Steps to Being Interview Ready

If you work your little patootie hard enough, things can happen. I worked my little patootie as an unpaid intern for a year, and after I graduated last May, things happened. I may have landed a job right out of college, but I've had my share of interviews. I've come to realize something. You will be judged when you walk into the room. Here are 5 tips from me to you.

Photography by Cat Acree

DRESS Shabby Apple | BAG Zara | SUNNIES Toms | BELT Target | WATCH Michael Kors | SHOES Report

1. Overdress. It's absolutely imperative to be dressed in a professional manner for your interview. I landed a job at a national music publication, so my daily office style is casual, fun, easy. But, my interview attire is completely different. Dressing up shows respect for the situation and eliminates the embarrassment of under-dressing.

2. Tone Down the Flash. I love a statement pair of heels, a giant necklace, a fur coat. But, know your audience. An older generation might not get the same enjoyment out of your neon green hat. Attend your interview with a simple look.

3. No Need for Boring. To go against my previous statement, don't let yourself appear bland. Bland is easily forgotten. Add flare in a more mature manner. I opt for clean pumps with a pointed toe, sparkle in a skinny belt, light pink lips, and a statement watch. Sure, I want to wear giant feather earrings, but choosing to wear high quality studs is more responsible.

4. Borrow Your Riches. You might be a broke college kid, but you shouldn't look like one. A year ago, my gracious Muddah let me borrow her classic pieces for my interviews. Your employer isn't going to care where you got your look. But, if you show up wrinkly, dirty, and worn, say goodbye to your great first impression. Ask a friend for her stylish laptop bag and borrow some black tights without holes.

5. Be Prepared. The best accessory for your professionally styled look is a brain. Get some sleep, bring a pen, do a little research. When I was 17 years old, I applied to 37 places in a 2 mile radius. But, I always made sure I looked my best and was completely prepared before stepping inside each business.