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Yay or nay to leopard-print pants for a job interview?! (in marketing for a NYC-based creative agency) | Fairygodboss
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Gillian Hanson
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Weighing in late here and you probably already had this interview, but I’m really surprised by how many people have said no to the pants! I think when you interview for any job, your personality should shine through. The interviewer wants to see YOU. If you have a confident and bold personae then definitely wear them. Also, these particular pants have a very classic tailored silhouette which walks the line between elegant and trendy. In fact, according to many fashion experts, the once wild leopard print is now considered a neutral. Whether or not you wore them to the interview I hope you get these pants anyway!
Robin Stone
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How did the interview go? Did you wear the leopard pants, if so, with what top/accessories?
thesabathine
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I would not recommend this. I personally think this is way too bold a choice for an interview. As a few others have said, you want to stand out in your interview for your skills, not your pants. You do not want them to remember you as Leopard pants instead of the best for the job!!
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I’m not familiar with your field, but my clothes would be “understated” than usual in a job interview. You can look stylish without being flashy. You want the focus to be on your ideas, not your outfit. Then when you get the job, you’ll see how everyone else dresses in that particular workplace.
Robin Finnell
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I believe you can create an outfit for your interview that shows your personality without the focus on the bottom half of your body. If animal print is your go to, how about a scarf that brings the eye to your face so the interviewer is not distracted. Keep the print small.
Nancie Shuman
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I am going to join the Nope! camp. Although, if you were to wear a long, black, blazer and dark shirt and shoes, and you are confident, you might be able to pull it off. But, a better choice for an interview will probably be something simpler, with a statement piece. A great, cutting edge style suit, wold be a great example.
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Nope. You want them to notice your skills not what you are wearing. You also need to remember that as marketing you are representing a company. You need to present their image. If the company is traditional, invest in a suit. If you know what the norm is for managers dress one level up from the position you are applying for. Since you are in a creative field, if you want to make a statement use your jewelry or shoes.
Pradeep Vashishta
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Anonymous
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so true.
Johana Tatlow
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My experience says that some people can pull it off, and some can't. I had a zebra print cardigan that I wore often to work, and it took my coworker a few weeks to even notice! She turned around one day and said, "Wait a minute, that's zebra print!" For an interview: if it's going to make you feel self-conscious, wear something else. If you can pair it with a sharp blazer and walk in with a world of confidence, it would probably work.
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well said. If you have the confidence, go for it.
Lorelei Yang
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I would go solid dark colored skirt and a fun top, blazer optional or take off in interview — shows personality but is a little “safer,” as others have said.
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