Interview Clothing

Updated on September 10, 2009
R.W. asks from San Jose, CA
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The general rule for interviews is to dress well, and to dress as though one already had the job and were showing up to work---
But what if it is not an office job, and a suit seems inappropriate for the interview?
Ideas on what to wear would be appreciated.
( I would look on an employment site for advice, but the last time I did, I got a computer virus!)

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Thanks, ladies. Don't worry, I would never wear a t-shirt! I just wanted some confirmation on what I normally would wear to this type of interview, since I never see other applicants.

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answers from San Francisco on

I would still dress nice, even if that means a nice pair of slacks (ironed), a blouse (not a T-shirt) and an nice pair of shoes(not sneakers or flip-flops). Comb your hair and put on a light coat of make-up.
This does two things; you feel GOOD about you and you present an air of professionalism. You said it right in your first sentence. =)
Good luck on your interview!!



answers from Sacramento on

If the work environment is casual, aim for a dressy outfit, just not a suit. You could wear dress slacks with a blouse, for instance. Your goal is to stand out from other candidates and showing you take the interview seriously through your attire may help give you an advantage.

Good luck!



answers from Boise on

I would also like to add that conservative is key.

These days clothing has veered away from conservativeness. watch your neckline that it is not to low. No cleavage! No skirt cuts above the knee. Avoid trendy looks and go with a traditional A line cut blouse with a pointed (not frilly) collar. A solid color blazer over the top would be appropriate . Keep jewelry to a minimum, and wear classy traditional peices, not big gaudy items. No red lipstick.



answers from San Francisco on

Dress appropriate to whatever the job is. You don't want to overdress, if the position is casual. If it's a jeans job, don't wear a dress. Maybe nicer pants. One time I lost a job because I wore office attire to the interview of what was a very casual position. I looked like I wouldn't fit in. The #1 reason people are hired is because the interviewer likes them. You need to be able to relate to the people you will be working with, and appear similar to however they look.



answers from San Francisco on

Hi Rae,

The only two things I would add is DO NOT wear strong perfume no matter how expensive or have gum or mints in your mouth. Besides, poor hygien, these are the biggest interview TURN-OFFs.




answers from Sacramento on

No matter what the interview is for I have always worn a
nice outfit, done my hair and makeup just to be on the safe side. They want to see you at your best. We always have to make a good first impression. I have seen many kids come to the store in ratty jeans, piercings every where and it just does not look professional or pleasing to customers or co-workers.
W. M.

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