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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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