FEMME BOSSES; What to wear to THAT job interview / by Peter Nghiem

Job interviews are scary. There we said it. Trying to sell yourself to complete strangers isn’t always the most effortless of tasks. But walking in there, feeling confident with your head held high sure makes it easier.

A big part of getting a job is making a good first impression, and a big part of making a good first impression is how you dress. Dare I say… dressing to impress can be key to securing the job.

Firstly though, the basics.

You aren’t going clubbing; you need to look polished and well put together. Having a well-tailored outfit can make all the difference and give you a killer silhouette. For most job interviews, a sophisticated pant-suit or dress and jacket combo works well. The general consensus reads that for a corporate job interview, your outfit needs to be conservative. In this case, a well tailored suit will make you stand out. Opt for simple pieces that fit you well and you feel comfortable in.

If you are applying for a more creative role outside of the corporate sector, you can be more liberal in your outfit choice. Whether that be pairing smart pants with a casual blouse or tee or wearing jeans with a coloured blazer.

Here at Isadora Nim, we believe that you can look professional whilst showing flares of your individuality. This could be through one bold piece showing a flash of colour; whether that be a bright pocket-square or the flash of red from your Louboutins. 

Choose an outfit that “fits”

Research the company prior to your interview to figure out what outfit would suit best. Going for a job at a law office is a very different vibe to securing a role at a fashion magazine.  Peruse their website and learn as much as you can. If using a recruiter, ask your consultant their thoughts on what would be appropriate. If in doubt, verge on the side of caution and overdress. It’s never fun to be the only one in jeans at a formal dinner party.


Carry a smart bag that is big enough to hold a folder for your resume, a bottle of water for all the inevitable chatting you’ll be doing and big enough to double up as a sick bag if the nerves get too bad (we joke.)  A leather black tote is perfect for an interview. We are in love with Melbourne brand @theleathercollective who hand-craft stunning leather pieces.