Event Recap: Looks that Land: Dressing for your Creative Interview

The Career Center, hosted JoAnna Stangreciak, CEO & Founder of the eCommerce site and boutique, Le Chic for “Looks that Land” a presentation on what to wear and proper attire for interviewing and on-the-job in creative industries. The event was sponsored by Kohls, Mugsy, Fab’rik, and Parker James.

Frequency TV was there to capture the event. View a quick clip here:

Some of the main take-a-ways from the event were:
  • Consider the culture of where you’re applying. Stalk the company’s Facebook.
  • Most entry level jobs in the creative industry are biz casual, but still, DRESS TO IMPRESS.
  • Rule of thumb after you’ve gotten the job: Dress for the day. If you have client-facing meetings, step it up. If you’re going to a company outing, dress for the activities you’ll be doing.
  • T-Shirts with words are distracting and can take away from your professional presentation or the work you’re presenting.
  • For the interview, wear comfortable shoes in the event that the interviewer is walking you around.
  • Don’t be afraid if you like color to work color into your interview wardrobe.
  • Gender neutral fashions are appropriate.
Overall wardrobe advice:
  • Don’t go too trendy
  • Buy pieces that will last more than one season
  • Know your sizes/measurements
  • Avoid binding, uncomfortable, or revealing clothes that again, take away from the work or what you’re presenting, and your overall professionalism
  • Watch skirt length and heel height
  • Pick a fave color scheme and buy inn that color range
  • Keep accessories simple
Other tips:
  • Lay out your outfit the night before the interview
  • Shop for affordable retail at Kohl’s, Fab’rik, Parker James, Banana Republic (sales rack), Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack, thrift shops
Getting to and before the interview:

1) Meet with your Internship & Career Advisor in the Career Center

2) Search and find jobs on Handshake

3) Have your resume reviewed at the Career Center

4) Get help and have your portfolio/website/reel reviewed at the Career Center

5) Practice using InterviewStream

Find these resources and tools on the Career Center website and on Handshake.

If you missed the event, check out the presentation on Handshake. The Career Center has also put together a Pinterest board of suggested interview outfits here.

Creative Recruiter Panel 2017
Secret Handshake