New year, new job...maybe?
Living and working in Silicon Valley almost all my life, I've learned the art of buying clothes that can be worn for both work and play.
That said, I also consider pieces that can be worn to a job interview. Let's face it, living in the land of start-ups, and large tech companies, there are also a lot more opportunities. I've trained myself to always be prepared when that time comes. And the last thing I need to worry about is what to wear. So, based on my professional (and personal) experience, here are some ideas I hope you might find helpful:
1. Avoid heavy, make-up. You want to show the "real" you. And yes, get trim those nails!
2. Please avoid wearing perfume. Antiperspirant is recommended.
3. Replace those hoop earrings with simple ear studs. Wear a dainty necklace instead of statement piece. Less is more.
4. Wear low-heeled, clean office-friendly shoes. Leave the stilettos at home...for now!
5. Athleisure as it implies, should only be worn for athletic activities. Wear your leggings and sports bra when you get the job....as a fitness trainer. A button down shirt, or nice blouse with blazer (that can be taken off when it gets hot) with below the knee skirt or pant suit would be ideal.
Researching on the company ahead of time will provide you an insight on the office culture and atmosphere.
A start-up environment typically has relaxed atmosphere. For corporate jobs in legal, finance, sales or executive positions, a suit may be applicable. You'd want to look a polished professional, but also approachable and open.
Remember, the interviewer wants to learn not only about your work experience, but also if you would be a good fit.