Footwear to Nail that Job Interview

Posted December 16, 2020 by in Career

The best way to get yourself out of a tight money situation is to find a role that pays what you need to make ends meet, plus a little more for comfort. If you are in a situation where you are out of work, or your current role isn’t quite paying enough, you may be searching for a new place of employment. 

After you have completed your application, you may get called to attend an interview. While your answers to their questions, mannerism, and charm are all important, your outward appearance can also make or break it for you. Having a smart outfit, but poor footwear choice, could make a big difference between a successfully gained job and going back to the drawing board.

Materials

The material of your footwear can be particularly important. It needs to be one that doesn’t clash with your outfit choice, yet still looks smart and clean. Browse the latest women’s shoes HERE to discover what kind of smart options are available to you in your size.  

For the most professional of roles, a patent or leather material may fare better with a suited outfit. On the other hand, if you are told to wear more casual outfits, you may want to opt for some canvas sandals, to still look classy, but more dressed down.

A general rule of thumb is, unless the role is sports and fitness related, never wear sneakers or any sports attire to a job interview. 

Heel or No Heel

The choice regarding whether or not to wear a shoe with a heel comes down to your personal preference, as well as workplace policies. In some lines of work, for example airlines, they may require a heel, whereas others may simply specify a smart shoe, but leave the rest of the details down to the individual.

Some women find that high heels hurt their feet and ankles, in particular the balls of their feet, so avoid them wherever possible in favour of flat shoes. Others may enjoy wearing high heels, and use gel or cushioned inserts to ease the pain that wearing them may cause. Finally, some women simply cannot stand wearing flat shoes, due to the fit or the way they make their legs look, so would therefore opt for a heel.

Considering the different heel types and sizes available, you can usually find something to suit your preferred style, while still retaining that professional look.

Colours

The colour of your footwear may be determined by any uniform or other policies at the interviewing company. Some may like wild, bold colours, whereas others may prefer more demure tones.

By doing your research prior to the interview, you can find out more about how the company runs itself, and do your interview shoe shopping accordingly. 

Presenting yourself as a well groomed and professional individual can help you to rise above other candidates during the interviewing period. Your research before you attend doesn’t just have to be about the company and role itself, as a little digging into matching the business’ style can help push you forward – check the social media pages of the business to get more of an idea of how their current employees present themselves.