WIW: Black & Purple for Final Interview

Well ladies…I've made it to the final stage of interviewing for my dream job (there are only so many dream jobs available for those of us without university education). I made it past the initial HR telephone interview, was short listed to those interviewed in person, and made it past that stage to now have a one-on-one "informal conversation" with the President & CEO of the Hospital where I am seeking to move to. I was told a suit was definitely not necessary since this was very informal.

Of course, I still wanted to look professional but add a wee bit of spunk. I started with my BR black sheath dress and topped it with my purple Amber Sun jacket (love the retro sensibilities of this jacket). I then added purple tights to echo the jacket and add a bit of personality. Plus we're in the stormy deepfreeze now and these tights are very warm. Because the interview is at a different hospital than the one I work at now, I will be venturing outside so warm but dressy boots were required - I went for my old and trusty knee high Clarks. I chose my black/white leather handbag and silver wedding band and bangle for jewelry. I am also wearing the necklace my hubby gave me for my 50th so I could feel his support with me. When I step outside I will have my berry cashmere coat and white scarf/white gloves on.

So what do you think? Does this evoke confident, professional but a bit of an individual kind of style? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

BTW you sure can see how wonky my left knee is in in that second photo. My goodness…

Blazer: Amber Sun
Dress: Banana Republic
Tights: Hue
Boots: Clarks
Handbag: Danier Leather (thrifted)

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  • Sveta replied 6 years ago

    Looks professional but nor boring. Good luck with the interview!

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    Shannon, you look gorgeous, and I would think very appropriate for your interview. Thinking of you and wishing you all the best. Are you able to share what your dream job is, I.e. . what type of position you are seeking?

  • Ingunn replied 6 years ago

    OMG, Shannon! You look terrific, and I wish you best of luck! I would hire you in a heartbeat.

  • replied 6 years ago

    Surfacing from the death flu -- knock 'em dead, Shannon! I'll be thinking of you today, good luck!

  • shedev replied 6 years ago

    You look lovely in that shade of purple. Good luck with the interview.

  • Neel replied 6 years ago

    You look fantabulous!!!! Love purple tights! They definitely speak individuality! Sending some good vibes your way! Good luck!

  • catherine replied 6 years ago

    Good thoughts your way, Shannon.  The manner in which you present yourself here tells me that you are a huge asset to your employer and colleagues.  They will see that.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Good luck, Shannon! Sending positive vibes your way! You look terrific. Did you decide against the cobalt jacket? This one is lovely, too, in any case. If I were the prospective boss I would see a pretty, put-together woman exuding class and intelligence. 

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Wishing you the best for your interview, Shannon. The purple and black look wonderful together.

  • donnat replied 6 years ago

    Very nice and professional. I shall have my fingers crossed for you. Break a leg!

  • christieanne replied 6 years ago

    I would hire you in a second - your smile radiates confidence and the outfit is the kicker. Go Shannon Go! Vibes for your day :)

  • Hestonian replied 6 years ago

    You look confident and professional. Good luck with the interview!

  • Sona replied 6 years ago

    professional with a zing of pizazz!!

    The very best of luck Shannon. Thinking of you today!

  • rute replied 6 years ago

    You look stunning! Good luck!

  • Sara L. replied 6 years ago

    Good luck with the interview!  I love the purple tights with the black dress and purple jacket.  It's professional yet still fun.

  • Elizabeth P replied 6 years ago

    Oh Shannon, good luck with the interview!  I hope this outfit makes you feel super confident :).  Let us know how it goes!

  • gryffin replied 6 years ago

    Shannon - I love this!!  I love the purple and black colorblocking and the tights brilliant.  You look wonderful in this color.  Very polished, very professional but current, modern, elegant, hip and more than a little bit cool.  First impressions - say you're their girl!!  Best of luck, my the force be with you, but the ouftit says "big winner!!"

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Oh thank you all SOOOOO much :)

    Deborah - the position is that of Executive Assistant to the President & CEO of the second largest hospital in my home city. There are only 8 of these positions in existence in the entire healthcare system in my city and they don't come available too often. I feel quite fortunate to have made it this far in the process.

    Suz - I actually did wear the cobalt jacket (with black/cobalt pencil skirt) for my formal interview with the Executive Director and HR representative that took place on Monday. The entire process started with a phone interview by HR which was then short listed to the formal interview which was then short listed further to this informal interview with the CEO. There's only myself and one other candidate now.

    Thanks for the confidence boost and good vibes ladies - very much appreciated :)

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    You nailed your interview look with professional panache. Good luck. 

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    Sending warm wishes your way, Shannon.  You look phenomenal!  Since you'd be an executive assistant, you want to project competence, but also look like the kind of person someone would enjoy being around all day.  You've nailed it, and will be excellent in the interview, I'm sure.

    Love those purple tights!

  • vipanchi replied 6 years ago

    It looks perfect! All the very best!

  • Parsley replied 6 years ago

    Go knock 'em dead, Shannon!
    Crossing all my fingers for you!

  • Classically Casual replied 6 years ago

    You look fab!  Competent, organized and put together. Remember that this is your opportunity to interview the CEO some too to be sure the position is a good match.

  • MuseumGal replied 6 years ago

    You look professional and competent - I'd hire you! 
    Also - fab spectator bag.

  • Vix replied 6 years ago

    Hi TS --

    A super-quick GOOD LUCK! They will be lucky to get you if you decide the move is right. And of course you look appropriate and confident!

  • Ariadne replied 6 years ago

    All the luck, Shannon!  

  • JAileen replied 6 years ago

    You look great - good luck !

  • Marmee replied 6 years ago

    You look so put together and have such a great smile!  I love the outfit, and especially love the purple tights.  I would hire you!

  • DonnaF replied 6 years ago

    Your look is PERFECT for the position:  Confident, capable, professional, and wonderful to be around.  Now, I hope the Pres./CEO is worthy of YOU.  Let us hope the hospital is thriving due to him, as both poison and good things start from the top.  Best wishes!

  • AviaMariah replied 6 years ago

    I would want to work with you!  Good luck!!

  • Vicki replied 6 years ago

    Shannon, you're hired!  At least, from what I'm seeing, that's what I'd say.

    You look spectacular in every way, perfect for an informal one-on-one and the weather, too.  I loved hearing that you were wearing your husband's necklace gift for support; that is very special.

  • annagybe replied 6 years ago

    Looks good, best of luck.

  • MsMary replied 6 years ago

    This is so exciting!  You look amazing!!  I'm sure you'll knock him dead!!  :)

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    Purple tights - right up my alley, I love them! I would hire you in a NY minute!

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Break a leg! You look faaaabulous and professional!

  • pil replied 6 years ago

    You look great, Shannon! Professional, but the purple tights say to me that you have a lighthearted side. Best of luck with the interview!!

  • Angela K replied 6 years ago

    Such a confident look!  You look like you are ready to take on the world with STYLE!  I love the tights--Wishing you success on your interview!

  • JulieJohn replied 6 years ago

    I hope you click with the CEO. You certainly look polished and pretty. You have the look of a lovely, no-nonsense, "Miss Moneypenny" that any James Bond would be proud to have backing him up.

  • Debra replied 6 years ago

    You look fantastic...... confident and stylish. Good luck with the job interview :)

  • Thistle replied 6 years ago

    Best of luck to you!!  I really hope you get the position :)

    And you look terrific!

  • texstyle replied 6 years ago

    You look great - best wishes on your interview!

  • Sharon replied 6 years ago

    You look great. The purple is fantastic. Good luck!

  • Gaylene replied 6 years ago

    That CEO might not know it yet, but he/she is going to be one lucky person if you get hired as his/her Executive Assistant.

  • K. Period. replied 6 years ago

    Absolutely! You look great!

  • Caro in Oz replied 6 years ago

    Perfect - appropriate with personality!!
    This applies to both you & the clothes :) They will be VERY lucky to have you.

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Fabulous look Shannon! It looks well suited to your interview, and really any other occasion that requires something smart. Sending you good wishes for the job, I hope you get it :D

  • Elizabeth P replied 6 years ago

    Soooooo???????????????????  How did it go??

  • Eliza replied 6 years ago

    Shannon- how did I mss this? Beautiful professional look. Hope it went well for you. Real confidence builder to get this far so quickly!

  • Refugee replied 6 years ago

    Love your look and am excited to hear how it went

  • CocoLion replied 6 years ago

    I love reading this story and seeing the outfit.  Living vicariously through you and your great, new opportunity!

  • Sveta replied 6 years ago

    No update on the interview? How did it go?

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    My sincere apologies for getting back to this so late. Between a crazy busy day at work and the interview, I barely had time to go to the bathroom!

    I think all your well wishes and positive vibes helped because the interview went very well. I would dare go so far as to say he and I "hit it off". I had done my research and felt prepared. Apparently the decision will be made by the end of tomorrow.

  • Marley replied 6 years ago

    Wow Shannon - you look professional, but also like you've got a sense of humor and some spunk!  Hope it went well for you!

  • replied 6 years ago

    You looked sensational, good luck!

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    Oh! I missed this. Of course you look fantastic and best of luck - I will keep an eye out for good news!

  • MsMary replied 6 years ago

    Gah!!  So exciting!!!  I am going to be on pins and needles until we hear the outcome!!!

  • Alexandra replied 6 years ago

    Looks great! Good luck!

  • Neel replied 6 years ago

    Yay! Fingers crossed!

  • krishnidoux replied 6 years ago

    And you look perfect.

  • peacechick replied 6 years ago

    Keeping fingers crossed for good news! You looked dynamite.

  • LACeleste replied 6 years ago

    You look incredible and more importantly--you ARE incredible!  Wishing you luck!

  • Greyscale replied 6 years ago

    Great outfit. It telegraphs professional, organized, and cheerful. I hope you get the job!

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