How Should a Teenage Girl Dress for a Job Interview?

How Should a Teenage Girl Dress for a Job Interview?

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Job interviews can be pretty nerve-wracking, especially for teenagers who lack the experience that older applicants boast. However, you can make the process more bearable by dressing for the occasion! So how should a teenage girl dress for an interview?  

Teenage girls should dress comfortably and professionally for an interview. Overall, they should look neat and tidy, with neutral colors and minimal accessories, perfume, and makeup. 

The rest of this article will answer all your questions about how teenage girls should dress for interviews. We’ll discuss everything from colors to clothing, perfume, makeup, and even accessories. Read on if you’re ready to get the job!

What Should a Teenage Girl Wear to an Interview?

Teenage girls should wear comfortable and professional attire that abides by the organization’s dress code. Keeping things neat and simple without overdoing accessories, makeup and perfume should help create a professional look.

The type of outfit a teenager wears for an interview should depend on the type of position and how professional or casual the organization is. No matter what, though, it is of utmost importance that the interviewee is comfortable and looks put together.

To make the best impression, teenage girls should look neat, organized, and as though they put enough effort into their appearance. This communicates to the interviewer that the individual cares about the interview and is mature enough to take things seriously.  

Interview Outfit Ideas

Organizations fall into three main categories: professional, casual, and informal. Let’s look at some outfit ideas for each of these levels. 

Formal Business Attire for Teenage Girls

The job listing usually specifies whether you should wear business attire before the job interview. Business attire is a formal dress code that should appear smart and sophisticated. Ideally, teenage girls should wear a blazer, button-down, and suit pants. Some companies also accept a blouse and a skirt, or a business dress.

Here are some tips for teenage girls’ formal business attire:

  • Button-down White Shirt: can be a collared shirt.
  • Blazer: usually black, but teenage girls can also wear light-colored blazers.
  • Suit Pants: the same color as the blazer and straight-fit.
  • Shoes: it is usually recommended to wear flats for teenage girls. If you feel too short, you can wear wedge business shoes.
  • Accessories: it is possible to wear rings, studs, and pendant necklaces.

Avoid wearing neon colors, as these can be distracting for the interviewer. In general, you should stick with neutral colors (black, white, or light colors) and solid patterns. If you opt for a pattern, make sure it’s easy on the eyes and subtle. 

Business Casual Outfits for Teenage Girls

A casual work environment calls for a more business casual outfit. Ensure you familiarize yourself with the company dress code wherever you interview and follow those rules. If you aren’t sure whether the interview is professional or informal, it’s best to lean more towards professional outfits. For job interviews, it is better to be overdressed than underdressed. 

For business casual outfits, it is possible to switch the button-down for a turtleneck shirt, a fitted blouse, or a sleeveless shirt. However, you should avoid tank tops and t-shirts. Dress pants, skirts (at or below the knee), and dresses are also considered appropriate.

Informal Outfits for Teenage Girls

If you’re interviewing at an informal company, you should still make an effort to look nice, though you can be a bit more relaxed. I would opt for a nice top and dark-wash jeans. 

Most importantly, make sure that you are in comfortable clothing that fits you well and abides by company dress codes. As long as you do that, you’re already off to a good start and likely to make a good first impression.

Inappropriate Clothing for Teenage Girls for an Interview

Now that you have ideas for what to wear, let’s take a look at some clothing you definitely shouldn’t wear to an interview: 

  • Clothing that is too big or too small. You want to look presentable for your interview, and part of this is making sure that your clothes fit properly. If your clothes are too baggy or tight, the interviewer may be distracted by this and won’t be able to focus on your great answers to their questions. 
  • Ripped clothes. Ripped jeans are in style, but not for interviews! Ripped clothes give off a messy vibe, which isn’t ideal for an interview scenario. 
  • Shorts. Shorts typically aren’t seen as professional or business casual, so it’s better to avoid them altogether. If it’s hot out, go for a breezy pair of trousers or a dress. 
  • Revealing clothing. Dressing modestly is a great way to indicate to the interviewer that you are self-aware and mature. Wearing a crop top doesn’t exactly give interviewers the impression that you’re taking the interview seriously. 
  • Athletic clothes. A job interview is not the time to wear your favorite leggings, workout tank, or other athleisure. You definitely shouldn’t look like you just came from the gym! 
  • Hooded sweatshirts and jackets. Hoodies indicate that the wearer may wish to hide, which is not the impression you want to give your interviewer.
  • Bright colors and distracting patterns. Neon colors can be fun, but they can also be distracting. You want the interviewer to focus on how awesome and qualified you are, not how bright your top is! You should also avoid bold and distracting patterns. 
  • Stained or wrinkled clothes. You want to make a good first impression, and if you come in with wrinkled clothes, you’re going to look sloppy and careless. You care about this interview, and your appearance should reflect that.  

You should avoid the above types of clothing for your interview, even if you’re applying for a job at an informal company. 

Interview Accessories Do’s and Don’ts 

Clothes are just half the battle when it comes to your overall interview look. Here are some accessories dos and don’ts to increase your chances of success.  

  • Don’t overaccessorize. You can wear light and simple accessories, such as a thin bracelet and a dainty necklace, but don’t overdo it. Once again, you want the focus to be on you, not your statement necklace or your noisy bangles. 
  • Don’t wear bulky earrings. Your interviewer will be looking at your face frequently as they listen to you answer their questions, so make sure that your earrings won’t distract them from what you’re saying. 
  • Don’t wear open-toed shoes. Sandals or flip-flops at an interview are a big no-no. In general, it’s best to choose a sensible and closed-toed shoe that you feel comfortable in. In that vein, don’t wear heels too high or awkward for you to walk in. You need to walk with confidence, so don’t let your shoes get in the way! 
  • Don’t wear too much perfume. Some people are sensitive or allergic to certain perfumes, and overdoing it can easily become a distraction. 
  • Don’t wear a hat. Hats can block your face, which isn’t the best way to help someone get to know you. Additionally, hats are generally seen as inappropriate for the workplace. 
  • Do wear a watch. Wearing a watch gives the impression that you are responsible and care about being on time, which are both great qualities for an employee. 
  • Do ask about facial jewelry before the interview. Companies are getting more accepting of facial jewelry, but you should ask the office administrator or consult the dress code to see if the company mentions facial jewelry. If the company seems more conservative or old-fashioned, consider removing any facial jewelry you may have for the interview. 
  • Do wear a belt. A belt is a great way to ensure your pants stay secure and tie your outfit together. 
  • Do carry a neutral purse. You can put extra copies of your resume in your purse and anything else you might need throughout the day. It certainly won’t hurt to have a stick of deodorant stored in your purse if you are a nervous sweater. 

Dressing to impress also includes your accessories, so ensure you do not forget these details! 

Interview Hair and Makeup 

Your hair and makeup are just as important as your outfit for a job interview. Here are some tips: 

  • Ensure your hair is neatly combed. You want to make sure the interviewer knows you care about the interview, and one simple and effective way to do this is to brush your hair and make sure it looks neat! 
  • Keep your hair out of your face. You don’t want to constantly flick your hair off your face as you interview because that distracts you and the interviewer. Therefore, it’s better to avoid the issue altogether and keep your hair out of your face. I recommend pulling your hair into a bun, ponytail, or braid. 
  • Wear natural-toned and light makeup. Bold makeup looks are fun, but a job interview is not the right setting for that. Too much makeup can make you look unprofessional, so keep it natural. 
  • Avoid bold lip colors. Just like bright clothing colors can be distracting, bright lipstick colors can pull attention away from your qualifications for the job. 
  • Ensure your nails are neat and neutral. Your nails should be clean and without dirt. If you like wearing nail polish, choose a neutral color, like soft pink or beige. Extremely long nails can also be distracting.  
  • Don’t wear false eyelashes. Falsies can look gorgeous, but lash glue can easily fail and leave you with an uncomfortable and distracting loose eyelash in the middle of the interview.  
  • Stick with what you know. Right before your interview is not the time to try that new makeup technique you saw on TikTok. Do all the experimentation you’d like later, but for the interview, do what you know how to do. 
  • Use setting spray. Use some setting spray to make sure your makeup stays in place, so you don’t have to worry about doing any touch-ups before the interview. 

The right hair and makeup will tie together your whole look and help you snag the job! 

Conclusion 

Interviews can prove nerve-wracking for almost everyone, and even worse for teenagers that are yet to learn to manage anxiety and interview-related pressure. 

But by dressing for the occassion, teenage girls can become increasingly confident and boost their chances of securing the position. 

While you can don different outfits for professional, casual, or informal companies, it’s best to keep things neat and simple.

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