I remember spending hours stressing out with my friends in law school over which colour of suit was the most professional, and what type of shoes were appropriate. To save you the same headache,
the articling students at McCague Borlack have provided tips on what to wear
What We Wore
(and what not to wear) on interview day along with some photos.
|or a dress & blazer with flats
You're sure to Impress!
|Whether you choose a skirt
with heels like Emilie...
|When it comes to women’s office wear, Priya...
|and Jess know black is the new black.
|Yousef & Andrew looking tough
& office appropriate.
We love Lee’s tie – it really livens up his
outfit while keeping things professional!
Where to Shop
- Le Chateau (Jessica)
- Banana Republic (Emile)
- Winners and HBC (Karolina and Priya)
- Suit Supply (Yousef)
- Strellson (Andrew)
- Calvin Klein (Theo)
- Moores (Lee)
- Suzy Shier (Howard Borlack)
What Not to Wear
The overwhelming response we received from the articling students is to make sure your suit fits – if your suit is too big or too small, it detracts from your presentation. The same goes for hair. Keep your hair and facial hair well-kept/groomed. Any hairstyle is fine – just keep it neat.
The students suggest leaving the sundresses and wedges at home as it’s a bit unprofessional – and out of season for November. I also received very specific advice: no electric blue suits.
Another point that was repeated was to avoid wearing anything you don’t feel comfortable in. It’s hard to smile if you’re breaking in new shoes. You want to be confident in your interview, so don’t include anything that makes you feel self-conscious!
|Theo, from our Kitchener office,
keeping it cool.
If it’s within your budget, it’s nice to have a place downtown where you can keep a spare shirt/suit in case you spill something on yourself. The students reported booking Air-BnB, splitting the cost of a hotel with a friend, or staying with a friend or family member who lives downtown.
I also suggest bringing a pocket-sized sewing kit. At my interview, I opted for a button-up shirt under my blazer. It looked great, but two minutes before I met my interviewers a button popped off! Luckily the receptionist at MB came to my rescue with a pin – but imagine if that wasn't available!
All the students were in unanimous agreement that you shouldn’t stress out about your interview outfit. As long as you’re prepared, confident, and polished, you’re going to do well.
Below is a checklist of all of the items to bring along on "interview" day. Print it off and use it as you pack your bag for In-Firms.
Check-list of helpful items for In-Firms
- Multiple copies of your resume and cover letter and any other parts of your application.
- A notepad and pen – you’ll want to have this to write down your impressions after the interview. It will really help when you’re writing your thank you emails. Believe me, the day will become a blur.
- Breath strips – they dissolve so you can talk, unlike mints/gum.
- Hand sanitizer – for keeping your hands fresh for handshakes.
- Tide-to-go, or similar.
- A briefcase/large purse.
- Flat shoes – if you’re opting for heels make sure you give your feet a break by hiding flats in your bag for when you’re running between offices.
- Snacks – bananas, granola bars. You will get hungry, and you probably won’t have time to stop for lunch.
- Lip balm
- Band-Aids – try to break in your shoes ahead of time, but keep these handy just in case. o Tissues
- Deodorant – it’s a loooong day.
- Phone charger – If you’re unfamiliar with Toronto, GPS is super helpful. You’ll also want to stay on top of your emails throughout the day.
- A small mirror – very useful for making sure you don’t have any food in your teeth from lunch.
- Floss – see above.