Once you prepare yourself (i.e. your resume, research on the company, preparing a list of sample questions and answers, etc.) it is time to think about what in the world you are going to wear. Although this should not be number one priority, when it comes to interviews, you need to leave a good impression all around. Why is what you wear important? When you first walk into an interview, the first thing the employer sees is your outfit. Companies say they don’t judge a book by its cover but in truth, many companies size you up within that first minute of you walking in (before you even say a single word). Now don’t fret, there is a way to get around this little hurdle, but you have to concentrate. The trick is to make yourself believe with all your heart that you are worth a million bucks and you belong with them. There are no ifs ands or buts to this rule (it should be a rule!). If you don’t believe it, neither will they.
To help you feel like a million bucks without actually dishing out a million bucks, I looked up a store very similar to New York and Co., but with a slightly better selection and quality of items if I do say so myself. This store is called White House Black Market. Located at Kierland Commons, (remember from my previous post) this store has everything you could ever need to look absolutely fabulous for your interview. Complete with sweaters, blouses, skirts, dress pants, shoes, clutches, jewelry, what more do you need! The store is kept very clean, and items are easily found without much of a hassle. The staff was super friendly, and they are all very quick in helping you find just what you are looking for. I also like when employees greet customers upon arrival, especially when they have a genuine smile too. Kudos to them! Oh and unlike other stores, if the last item in your size is on a mannequin, they will gladly remove it just for you.
Now on to the important portion, the sale section! White House Black Market has its sale section on the left hand side of the store in the back corner. Here is where the real magic begins. Do you think you can handle it? Let’s find out. Dress pants on sale had a price set at $59.99 from $98. I also saw a good variety of skirts available, with prices ranging from $24.99 – $49.99. There were plenty of blouses to choose from here as well, for example a black satin button up shirt at $29.99 originally $68, or a sweaters at $49.99 originally at $88. Simple blouses ranged from $39.99 – $49.99 with the original prices ranging from $74 – $88. I also found a nice cropped tan colored striped blazer at $89.99 from $158. As you can see their sale items have about a 50% discount if not more. I would recommend investing in some key pieces here as these items are stylish and they are of good quality, which means they will last you a long time. Total plus!
I also have to note that the clothing on these racks is very nicely divided into blouses, pants, skirts, dresses, etc., but don’t go expect perfectly sorted out clothes, keep in mind this is still a sale rack.
As far as accessories go, there was a beautiful giant red snakeskin clutch on sale for $34.99 from $58. There was not a huge selection of shoes on sale, but the shoes they did have were very cute. The shoes on sale were priced at $49.99 with the original price ranging from $98 – $108.There was no real selection in sale jewelry either, but luckily you go minimalist regarding accessories at an interview. Remember, you should be the focus of your employer’s attention, not your designer bag, or your sparkling Tacori earrings or your manicured nails.
That’s it for me; visit White House Black Market at my obviously new favorite shopping center Kierland Commons. And good luck with any future interviews! Remember, you belong there. Be fierce ladies!
PS. I found out Kierland Commons has its own Resort just a walk away from the main shopping center! Could this place get any better?