Interview #3 – The Grand Finale

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About two hours after I left Interview #2, I got a call from my new company inviting me to come back and meet the third-in-command. I knew at this point that as long as this guy liked me, I’d most likely have an offer coming. It was a relief to actually have a one-on-conversation this time, rather than panels like the prior two interviews. #3 was just a nice conversation, and I had the opportunity to ask a LOT of questions about the company. I strongly recommend that when you are interviewing for a job, you should interview them as well. That’s your chance to make sure you’d really feel comfortable in the environment if you got the job. The answers to my questions about office politics and company culture left me without a doubt that this was a good move for me.

I was told this would be more of an informal “getting to know you” kind of conversation, so I tailored my outfit to this vibe. I wanted to wear something a bit less serious than in the presentation for Interview #2, and something extremely cheerful to help me shine. I stumbled upon this this magenta blazer on sale at Sears. It’s perfect because it’s not fully long-sleeved, but unlike most ¾ sleeves these just managed to hide my tattoo (even with my arm extended). This was fortunate, because it was a bit warm on the afternoon of this interview. The fit isn’t 100% perfect, but I didn’t have time to tailor it at all. I think I can get a bit better fit out of it before the next wearing with my meager alteration skills!

I paired the blazer with an aubergine sleeveless shell and my floral-on-black scarf. I added a black skirt that had a bit more character than the pencil skirt from the previous meeting, but still something simple, on the long side and not too snug.

Some of you will be relieved to see that I switched up the shoes and went with my typical patent Mary Janes. 😉 Although at 4” the heel is a bit high on these, they are otherwise plain enough not to attract much attention. However, please keep in mind that I’m in Southern California, so I can get away with a bit in the shoe department. In other regions, you might not want to wear more than a 2-3” heel to an interview. It’s always better to go lower if there is any doubt. I felt comfortable enough by this point in the process that I thought these would be fine.

I must have done something right with all of these interview outfits, because I got the job!  Two days after this third interview, they had completed the reference checks, had me go in for a physical (?!) and then officially gave me the offer.

Thanks to everyone who offered advice on what to do with my makeup for my first day. I think I will go with a dark grey as a few of you suggested. It would suit me much better than the brown!

Now the question is, what to wear on the first day? Should I stick with blazers for the first couple of weeks, or move on to a tailored, tucked-in long-sleeve blouse and simple skirt?

 


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19 Comments:

  1. You made the perfect choice at this step in the interviews. I think the 3" heels looked lovely with the strict outfits. Where I live heels are very unusual at work. I think a combination of long sleeved blouses and blazers could be a good choice. Good luck with the new career!

  2. I'm so glad to hear that you got the job! Congratulatiions! It must feel wonderful. You looked very professional and classy for all three interviews. I am in the process of looking for a job myself, so these examples are very useful to me. Espcially finding a balance between looking professional and like the 'true you' at the same time can be a real challange. You proved it can be done though!

  3. congrats on the new job!! loved the progression of the outfits…thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. We are judge sometimes on our way of dressing.Our personality and passion will matter most of the time. We tend to express it in our looks. You have a lovely style.

  5. Congratulations for your job!!Glad to hear it!

  6. Congratulations on getting the job, that's fantastic! You sound like you absolutely nailed it. The outfits you chose look perfect. I agree with the dark grey for day one – maybe a light smoky eye?

  7. I knew you would get the job! Congrats! Congrats!I would maybe wear a dress paired with a blazer, this way you can always take off the blazer if you feel like you're a little over dressed (I usually ask whom ever is training me their opinion of what's acceptable). You'll get the office vibe within the first few days.YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Oooh congratualtions on your new job! Xxxx:)

  9. Congrats! :)I think, I'd go for a simpler dress with a blazer too. That's elegant and professional, but not as strict as a pencil skirt – shirt combination would be, so your whole appearance gets softer, which, I think, makes you look more moderate, which people can get used to and coop with easier…If I don't know what to expect, I always go for a toned down, softer look first. I was so tryig to make some sense here, I hope, you know, what I mean..again. 😀

  10. This outfit is absolutely perfect for a more casual and informal interview setting.I doubt it was your clothes that got you the job, but they certainly help create an impression that doesn't overshadow your valued skills. Congratulations!

  11. I love the scarf with the blazer, it really ties the outfit together in a way that is very professional and polished but still interesting.It's hard to say if you need to continue wearing blazers for the first few weeks at work since it depends on the general level of formality at the office. However, I think it would be a very unusually formal office that required (even informally) blazers in summer in southern California.

  12. Congratulations! Good luck in your new job!

  13. I agree you should try a dress with blazer in your first day. Formal but not too serious.

  14. This was my favorite of all your interview outfits! Love the color of the blazer and the scarf you paired with it! The proportions and flow of this look is just flattering and lovely! I hope you take a photo of your first day outfit to share with us! BEST WISHES on your new job!

  15. linnea-maria, I'd be sad to not be able to wear heels to work. 🙂 Corin, thank you! Best of luck to you in your job search. It's so rewarding, at least once the process is over. ;)brg, thanks!fashion emo, you are so right. That's why it's SO important to think carefully about what to wear in an interview.DoomedInSorrow, thanks!! :)Phoenix, thanks for your input on the makeup. I totally agree – I'm going to experiment with greys and the light smokey eye idea!Meagan Kyla, thank you! I like the dress/blazer idea, if I can find a long-sleeve dress to wear just in case I do take the blazer off. I have one tattoo that definitely needs to stay under wraps until I see whether tattoos are acceptable there… I'm sure they are, but I don't want to assume. :)V, thank you! I'm SO excited about it!Lynoire, I know exactly what you mean. I don't want to come across as too stuffy and corporate, and not approachable. Very good advice!Meg, you are right (at least I hope it wasn't the clothes!). 😉 The clothes are just a way to express that, in addition to my skills and talents, I have good taste and professionalism.Sabayon, thanks! You are right – I've only known a couple of people who've worked in offices out here that required suit-like attire. From what I saw during my interview visits, they are corporate casual. I'll probably want to be a *little* dressier in the beginning just to make sure I make that great first impression when I'm meeting everyone over the first week or two, but a blazer probably isn't necessary, at least not for the whole day.Ms. Lou, thank you so much!Violette B, excellent suggestion!Goth Barbie, thanks! I will most definitely be sharing my "first day outfit." I'm really excited about it! 😀

  16. linnea-maria, I'd be sad to not be able to wear heels to work. 🙂 Corin, thank you! Best of luck to you in your job search. It's so rewarding, at least once the process is over. ;)brg, thanks!fashion emo, you are so right. That's why it's SO important to think carefully about what to wear in an interview.DoomedInSorrow, thanks!! :)Phoenix, thanks for your input on the makeup. I totally agree – I'm going to experiment with greys and the light smokey eye idea!Meagan Kyla, thank you! I like the dress/blazer idea, if I can find a long-sleeve dress to wear just in case I do take the blazer off. I have one tattoo that definitely needs to stay under wraps until I see whether tattoos are acceptable there… I'm sure they are, but I don't want to assume. :)V, thank you! I'm SO excited about it!Lynoire, I know exactly what you mean. I don't want to come across as too stuffy and corporate, and not approachable. Very good advice!Meg, you are right (at least I hope it wasn't the clothes!). 😉 The clothes are just a way to express that, in addition to my skills and talents, I have good taste and professionalism.Sabayon, thanks! You are right – I've only known a couple of people who've worked in offices out here that required suit-like attire. From what I saw during my interview visits, they are corporate casual. I'll probably want to be a *little* dressier in the beginning just to make sure I make that great first impression when I'm meeting everyone over the first week or two, but a blazer probably isn't necessary, at least not for the whole day.Ms. Lou, thank you so much!Violette B, excellent suggestion!Goth Barbie, thanks! I will most definitely be sharing my "first day outfit." I'm really excited about it! 😀

  17. Congratulations! And you look great and very professional 🙂

  18. congrats! they just had to love you!

  19. Mazel tov on your new gig! And GREAT ensemble choices! And I second your thoughts from your last day at your old job post; I also feel prettiest when my hair's down (and I definitely agree about needing that extra oompf! when facing a situation out of your comfort zone). Good luck!Some Dark Romantic

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