Post # 1
Hi bee’s need a bit of advice I have a job interveiw tomorrow and I don’t know what to wear
My FI says I should wear my purple dress (I bought it for a baptism) Its modest eg covers me up but its not frumpy and it looks smart.
I have never considered wearing a colour to an interveiw I ususally stick to black trousers white shirt, but I need to find a different outfit because FI put my smart trousers in the dryer and well he shouldn’t have…
getting into town to buy new ones will be tricky today as there has been an accident and the roads are shut off
The interveiw is for looking after disabled children, what do you bee’s think I should wear? any tips would be great
Post # 3
I think you should wear slacks and a white shirt.
I’m not sure I’d go witha dress for an interivew.
I always wear a full suit to an interview (matching jacket and slacks with a white or other collared shirt).
Do you have any other slacks you could wear?
Post # 4
Hmm, before I heard what your interview was for I was all for the purple dress! But, if you wear a dress the interviewees might think you’re not able to get “down and dirty” with the kids. I would wear dress pants, short heels or nice flats and a nice tank top with a blazer or cardigan. I don’t think colors matter so much as long as you look nice.
Post # 4
For a job so practical, I would agree on opting for trousers.
Post # 5
What exactly is the job? At a school? Hospital? Day care?
I work in a trendier market (web developer), so for my interview at the job I’m currently at, I wore a purple fitted sweater with a belt, and a black pencil skirt. I don’t feel comfortable in a business suit, I feel like I’m trying to be someone I’m not.
Post # 6
@kwill2012: Actually colors do matter… in an interview, you should go navy blue. It’s a safe color…
Excerpt taken from: http://angelaharris.hubpages.com/hub/Best-Colors-to-Wear-to-an-Interview
Studies have shown that colors do trigger subconscious responses in humans. Why not use that to your advantage at a job interview? Any little trick to make a good impression at an interview can’t hurt.
The color black is an authoritative color. However, black should not be worn to interviews as a main color. The reason is that too much black can cause a person to appear distant and arrogant. Wear black to interviews as an accessory, such as a tie or scarf.
Red is not recommended as a choice to wear to an interview. The reason is because red evokes emotions more than any other color. It is not a good choice when you want to project a calm, cool exterior. Avoid wearing yellow or orange to an interview for the same reason
Post # 7
@KatNYC2011: I agree with you. I have a friend who was turned down from a job for not wearing the jacket part to her suit to the interview, they felt she didn’t take them seriously.
The other thing is a manager told me once an interviewee didn’t get the job because she kept her sunglasses on her head during the interview. Again not taking it seriously.
I’ll put a colorful shirt under my full dark suit for some color, but I think the suit shows your serious about the task at hand.
Post # 8
@happyface: Interesting article! Thanks. Especially, “However, most people don’t think much about the color of the clothing they will wear to an interview. Of course, this isn’t the most important thing to consider when going for a job interview.” Kind of odd. I don’t think I’m sold on color being the MOST important part of a job interview though. I guess I’ve never thought much about the colors I wear, but apparently it has worked out for me so far! In the job I’m at now, I wore black dress pants, silver heels, a blue and black top with a black cardigan and they hired me on the spot. I think your personality and resume have a little more weight than the color top you wear. But that’s just me!
Post # 9
@ HisIrishPrincess: Exactly I either wear classy but fun jewelry with a dark suit/white shirt combo or a colored shirt and simple jewelry with a dark suit.
I want to show that I’m professional and dedicated, but not a complete corporate stiff.
Post # 10
I think dark, neutral colors are always a good bet (like black, navy, or gray.) It may sound kind of boring, but I’ve always heard you don’t get points for being trendy or fashionable–better for you to make own first impression than for your clothes to do it for you!
It also seems better to dress a little more formally–I believe in the whole “dress for the job you want” thing. If you feel like a suit is too dressy, I think trousers and a tucked in blouse would work well. I always feel sort of fake and overdressed for interviews, but I think that it shows you’re committed and take the job seriously.
Post # 11
It does depend on the actual job and industry,
but in general i wear a dark blue suit with a light feminie color (light peach) so that its a balance of professional/serious but not too intense. Ear studs and no other jewelry- especially no watch so you dont feel the need to look at it!
close toed shoes with a small heal. No sling backs.
Post # 12
@lefeymw: I always wear a skirt or dress to an interview. BUT it is navy blue along with it being below the knee and with a matching navy blue jacket. The shirt could be any color other than a bold color like red, or bright “highlighter” yellow. Like my happy face! I think it’s more respectful for an office type setting.
But for the trades or if it’s stereotypically a “man’s job”, like plumbing or construction… I would wear slacks, and no feminine shoes, I would wear a loafer of some kind. And definitly do not wear hoops for earrings, @lefeymv says to wear plain studs… Good idea. If you have several holes all the way up your ear, just wear one stud! Don’t look punk at the interview.
Post # 13
@lefeymw: Agree on the shoes, 100%. My previous job had a strict policy on open toes or slingbacks. I obviously didn’t know that prior to interviewing, but thankfully I wore plain black pumps.
I usually err on the side of caution. I’d rather be overdressed than underdressed. I usually wear slacks, a cute blouse, and a blazer.
Post # 14
I think I’m gonna have to find a way to get into town,
I only had one smart pair of trousers because my previous job was caring for people with learning difficulties at a day centre on a farm so my work clothes were overalls and steel toe cap boots I never really needed smart trousers except for interveiws,
I never thought of shoes but to an interview I usually opt for heels (I’m Rather short 5ft) and trousers usually cover them so you can only see the bottom of the heel and would never know the height of it.
I don’t want to look too casual but I also don’t want to look like I cant Get down and dirty as one bee put it, the job takes place in the homes and community trying to help children with disabilities feel more confident in going out, furthering education and meeting people, so they will be able to get a career and acheive goals later in life it will involve wearing casual clothes most of the time as to not intimidate them
Post # 15
I agree on the dressy pants and nice shirt assessment. I think a dress is just a little risky and not quite interview-appropriate.