Choosing what to wear for an important interview can definitely be stressful. I've interviewed for jobs and felt overdressed, so instead of being relaxed and focused on answering questions and relating to my interviewer, I worried about whether they thought my shirt was ridiculous. I have also interviewed job candidates who I felt were dressed uncomfortably and it showed--they acted uncomfortable!
I've found it helpful to think about a few things in planning an interview outfit:
- What makes me feel comfortable and myself?
- Where will the interview be held? How will I get there? This might change whether I need layers to dress in, which shoes to wear if walking far, etc.
- What's the right level of formal vs. casual?
For a college interview, something more formal than "business casual" is appropriate. No jeans :)
Beyond that, comfort and feeling yourself is really the most important. Try imagining the interview going well with the outfit on: Put it on and see if you can tell yourself (out loud!) with a real feeling of excitement that you feel great, that you're going to ace the interview. If this feels true and right, then go for it!
If you can, practice wearing the outfit for as long as the interview will take, including getting there. If a certain dress starts to itch at the neck after 10 minutes, you'll know soon enough to fix that distraction!
Ralph recommends the following next steps:
- Try on a few outfits. Do you feel awesome? Are you comfortable for as long as the interview would last?