Interview Shoes

I had a job interview today. Hurray! The moment the time was set via email yesterday, however…well, you know. “OMG yay finally have a real interview, that’s great, need to get my portfolio all polished why’d I put it off is my resume / online portfolio current oh no WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR?!”
Does everybody go through that last part? Seriously, is it not enough to think about with collecting references and trying to think of 5 Things My Co-workers Would Say About Me? I mean, sheesh. I tried on 3 different black skirts, one navy blue with white polka dots skirt, and a pair of black pants. I spent 20 minutes on the phone discussing whether my hi-lo cream-colored lacy dress would say “Young, confident, creative, and stylish” or “I have no clue what’s appropriate business attire.”
I tried on a cream-colored top I purchased just for interviewing in, paired it with each of said skirts, then decided it was too frumpy. I’m not even going to list all the different tops I tried, ugh.
But then it was time to choose shoes. I own 6 different pairs of black heels alone. At least 3 different pairs of brown high-heeled boots (perfect for the season, ridiculous with any of my interview outfits). I narrowed it down to a pair of respectable black shoes that said “stylish, confident, but still practical” instead of anything that could be too night-clubby or date-nighty. But then I still had to find socks–because the shoes demand socks–but do I wear a pair of novelty ankle length socks that only I will know about? (I was partial to wearing my R2-D2 socks.) Do I wear neutral-toned socks that would be a nod to the business sock? (Um, did anybody else just think of one of the best music videos ever?) Or do I wear knee highs, which might work since the length of the skirt is long enough it wouldn’t show to the top of the socks…?
Thankfully I saw my pair of knee-high gray flat boots and didn’t waste any more time on trying on socks.
I’m glad I’m a woman, but this is one of the times I get truly sick of it and think about men needing to choose between brown shoes and black shoes and I just get so jealous!
First world problem, I know.

BTW, the interview went well.

I have a huge backlog of posts half-written in my head, so I’ll be writing soon about the GF journey, some more zombie book reviews, and about some WIPs.

How about you? What’s your stumbling block when prepping for an interview? Feel free to comment!


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