The old cliché, about not getting a second chance to make a first impression, is especially true when it comes to job interviews. And what you wear on an interiew, your media interview attire, will shape the very first impression you make on a potential employer.
Do I Need to Wear a Suit?
The short answer is no. In media, unlike other fields such as finance, people tend to dress down. (In other words people who work in media don’t wear suits to work everyday.) Although you can deviate from the suit, you still need to dress conservatively and professionally.
Women’s Interview Attire
Women, especially, have more freedom to veer away from a traditional suit. Skirt suits for women are a nice option, as are variations on the skirt suit. A nice pencil skirt and blouse can work well without a jacket. Pants, paired with a blouse, can also work well, in lieu of a traditional pantsuit. Dresses, if they’re professional-looking, can also work well. All outfits should be paired with a clean shoe. A nice pump often works best; any shoe or boot with a large, clunky heel should be avoided.
Men’s Interview Attire
For media interviews men don’t need to go with traditional black, gray or pin stripe suits. Trouser and jacket combinations can work well and, depending on how casual the office environment is, a tie can be optional.