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What is an appropriate attire for a job interview in finance for women?

I hope that some of the women working in finance can give us an idea of what the right attire might be. Thanks so much in advance. #finance #interviews #financial-services #investment-management #investing

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Lee’s Answer

Great question! You want to the focus of any interview to be what you're saying not what you're wearing. Wear black, navy or grey, wear a suit if you have one, otherwise a moderate dress that hits at the knee or skirt and blouse with a blazer is fine. When in doubt, it's better to be over than underdressed!

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Blake’s Answer

Great question! You always want to put your best foot forward because you only have 1 chance to make a first impression. In today's world, it is more likely, than may have been seen in the past, that companies have softened their work attire. However, when interviewing, especially in the field of Finance, it is ALWAYS important to dress up (or as my mentors used to tell me "Dress for the job that you want in the future!"). A good standard is to choose a dark suit as your base and if you want to modernize the look, add a splash of color in your shirt, tie, etc. When you get the job you will have a chance to fashionably express yourself... but, get the job first. Good luck!

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Jinia’s Answer

You always want to put your best foot forward and make a lasting first impression. As a recruiter in the banking/finance industry, I recommend candidates take the time to present themselves in a clean-cut, polished, business appropriate demeanor.


I suggest wearing a dry cleaned/ironed suit, tie, collared shirt, hosiery, dress shoes & dress socks. Have an interview outfit ready at all times, so you're not scrambling at the last moment. If you look good, you feel good. Let that confidence give your interview a boost!


Note: Aside from earrings, it's best to remove any visible body piercings and cover up tattoos.


Bring a portfolio, several copies of your resume, recommendation letters and/or references...and always remember to wear your smile!!


Good luck!

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Lucia’s Answer

Definitely put your best foot forward. You should have a clean pressed suit for interviews. A clean pressed blouse and dress shoes with a heal that is a 1/2 inch or less. Your hair should be clean and styled. No large jewelry and make up should be very natural looking. Less is more. Good luck!

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Elizabeth’s Answer

Agree with all of the answers above - depending upon the formality of the job location you are interviewing for, I like a simple black or grey dress, just above the knee, with a simple jacket on top. The jacket does not have to match, but should be complementary. A very nice, simple sweater can also be good if you are interviewing at a business casual job site. Simple, sleek, closed toe shoes in a mid-heel height - preferable black or neutral in color. Minimal jewelry. A simple scarf in a pretty color can also be a nice touch.


A dress is good for an interview because it does double duty if you need a simple dress for a formal social occasion - just take off the jacket and change shoes and you can be ready for a nice party or dinner.

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Diana’s Answer

I agree with many of the comments that a black, gray or navy suit is appropriate.  If you want to add a little color, you can do so by wearing a light pink or blue collared shirt underneath your blazer.   I do not recommend any patterns or anything flashy that will distract the interviewer.  Overall, dress to impress!

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Maria’s Answer

A nice clean ironed suit or work dress is probably your best bet. Moderate makeup and little perfume, a good deodorant if you sweat a lot.
Avoid mini's just because you don't want to be worried if something shows when you cross your legs.
I like this article from monster.com
http://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/appropriate-interview-dress
Best Wishes!

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Meena’s Answer

Professional attire will go a long way for the interview. Wear a suit if you have one, preferably in neutral dark color.
A dress/skirt with blazer will work just fine too.


Try to avoid gaudy colors, heavy make-up and too much jewelry.

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Nicole’s Answer

You definitely want the interviewer to remember your skill set and not your extreme attire. With that being said I have found that adding (1) piece of your personality into your attire shows who you are, comforts you during the interview, and often times adds to you standing out. Such items could be a scarf, pin, that incredible pair of shoes, even your planner you carry.

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Tish’s Answer

I agree with all the advice you've been given thus far. Much of what's been said is actually the advice I was given when I was preparing for my first interview at a large bank many years ago. A dark navy, black, or gray pant or knee length skirt suit, with a pastel color tank or shell, and cream faux pearl stud earrings and faux necklace works like a charm.


Remember to smile. Be confident but not overly assertive and you'll be fine.


I wish you all the best.

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Ashley’s Answer

Yes. Encourage you to wear dark suit Black, Navy or Grey. A professional first impression is always good starting point for interview. Good luck!

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Melanie’s Answer

Hi Sam. This is a great question.

Interviews are an opportunity for you to sell the company on, “Why You?”. You want to deliver a great presentation. This includes everything from your responses, to your outfit.

As a rule of thumb, I would suggest a classic outfit for the first interview. This would include an ensemble in colors such as taupe, grey, navy or black; a jacket coupled with dress slacks or a skirt. Wear the same color for a suit effect or mix and match coordinates. I would suggest a pullover blouse with a higher neck line. (This alleviates the need to concern yourself with gaping buttons and/or a low neck line) Throw on some pearls (faux are fine) and you’ve got yourself a classic look.

Once you have had an opportunity to interview, you can observe the company dress code. This will assist you in preparing for your second interview if need be.

When it comes to dressing for success, words of wisdom I live by are as follows:

  1. “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have” and
  2. “When in doubt, leave it out”

Check out this Wiki article for some additional tips!!

https://m.wikihow.com/Dress-for-an-Interview

Wishing you much success in your job hunt!

Melanie

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Katt’s Answer

If you have it, a freshly pressed suit. If it's a skirt suit then make sure the skirt hits you at the knees. Make sure to wear nylons with the skirt. Sensible heels, no taller than 2.5 inches and close toed. Suit should be black, navy, or grey. Shoes should match. Make sure that your makeup is natural and not too heavy. Go light on the eyes and a neutral on the lips. Make sure your hair is styled nicely, preferably pulled back into a neat bun or braid. Avoid ponytails.


If no suit, then a nice skirt with a blazer, same as all the above.


Make sure to take multiple copies of your resume and references. Be ready to hand those over when you arrive. Avoid drinking coffee before your interview as it can affect your breath. If you need caffeine drink some tea.


Make sure any tattooes are covered. Wear only 1 pair of earrings if you have multiple holes. Studs or small hoops. Nothing extravagant. Remove all other facial piercings, including a tongue ring if you have it.


Otherwise, just smile, walk in with your back straight and shoulders back. Sit on the edge of the chair so that your posture is good. Be confident.


GOOD LUCK!

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Kelley’s Answer

I interview candidates frequently and it is best to overdress than underdress.  Suit separates are practical and professional.  A proper fitting jacket (if your sleeves are too long, get them hemmed!) in a solid color with pants or skirt (whatever you are more comfortable in) and a simple blouse/shirt underneath would work great.  Make sure your jewelry is simple, nothing that makes noise or is too distracting.  Have your shoes shined - they will make an impression!  Make sure you are not wrinkled.  Your nails can be either painted or plain - just don't have chipping polish or too bright of a color.  Clothes don't have to be black/navy/neutral - color is fine, just keep it simple and wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident.  If you have a chance, try your outfit on and wear it for an hour - make sure you can sit down comfortably, you're not tugging at anything, your skirt isn't too short, etc.  Good luck!

Kelley recommends the following next steps:

try on your outfit and wear it around the house for an hour to make sure you are comfortable
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Crystal’s Answer

Great Question! As many have previously stated this is the first impression that you will never get again on this interview. You want to be dressed in a professional manner clean and conservative. Of course as many others have suggested dress for the job that you want. Be sure that you are not wearing flashy eye catching clothes as the interviewer may be more focused on what you are wearing rather then what you are saying. As typical with many interviews in a finance industry; you may need to have multiple interviews with several different people but, sometimes it will be the same people. If you only have one good suit or dress at this time try to change it up with a different scarf, shoes, shirt or accessories. That way it will give you a different look each time you meet with these individuals.

Always smile and make eye contact with the interviewer. Be confident in yourself and your abilities and always present your strongest traits even if you do not think they apply to the job itself such as being compassionate, understanding and empathizing.
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