I’m wishing you all who find yourselves on the job market the absolute best in finding success and that ever-necessary paycheck. Not so long ago I was winding through the whole job cycle. Interview clothing was always one of my biggest stresses in the whole experience. While different areas of the country will have different standards for their respective markets, what I present here are broad strokes to inspire you for yourself. Remember, you can always find plenty of choices for interview clothing in Fat Chic Clothing search.
No two arts organizations are alike, and yes, there are some relatively conservative arts positions – especially if you’re interviewing for an admin spot that deals with donors, or that is for a symphony. The point is to look creative and classy – so don’t try the bright prints or the pink hair unless the person you’re interviewing with has that look. The idea is to be visually interesting and yet look like someone who will represent the organization really well.
The fun of arts jobs are that you can typically wear bright colors at interviews – and still be taken seriously. All the same, cover up appropriately and dress for good lines. This is also not the time for stillettoes. Wear heels with a little height, but not the type that make everyone turn and wonder how you stay upright for entire city blocks.
It’s good to wear one piece that attracts visual attention, and to allow the rest of your clothing to be basic – for instance, the sweater above would be great over black or grey pants and a modest heel.
This jacket would not work at any other type of job interview. If you choose it, again, keep all other elements of the outfit simple, especially jewelery.
The standard wrap dress is a fantastic base choice for arts interviews – you can easily recoordinate the accessories with jackets, a brooch, a necklace, and so on – it’s especially useful for when you may have multiple job interviews during the day and you don’t have time to go home and change.