What NOT to wear for an interview with a conservative company

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@littlemisst08:  that looks like a friday night dinner date outfit!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@littlemisst08:  eh, I think the shoes are kind of what makes it more “Happy Hour” and less “interview.” I’d wear that dress with a cardigan.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

This always baffles me too! Stick to a boring, plain business suit. If it’s a more “fun” company, add a colorful necklace or earrings. Why not play it safe? I would hate to lose out on a job because of something preventable, like my outfit.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@badabing88:  the dress is ok but not for an interview at a conservative company. for something like that, a person should be wearing some sort of suit. i could wear that dress to work because i work in a laid back office.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@calibee79:  I am not being a devils advocate at all, but how does the candidate know a company is more on the “conservative” side?

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@littlemisst08:  I work in a corporate office for a major bank and wore like an Anne Taylor-esque suit dress for my interview 😡 Definitely more “business”-y that what your gal wore. But this place is crazy laid back: I have tattooed hands and am also tattooed up to my chin.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@badabing88:  Always err on the side of conservative unless it’s for somewhere super trendy.

I mean, this is a cute outfit, but not for an interview. At all.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Even at a more laid-back company, you have essentially nothing to lose by dressing in business-formal for an interview.  Wearing a dark, well-fitted suit and closed-toe shoes (the interview “uniform”) shows that you are taking the opportunity seriously…opting for anything less dressy/polished can send the message that you care more about comfort or style or [fill in the blank] than the job at stake.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@badabing88:  i think for interviews, people should always play it safe. you never know what the office atmosphere is so it’s better to wear a suit. maybe for jobs in a creative field like graphic design, you could go to an interview in something other than a suit but i wouldn’t chance it.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@badabing88:  Are your tattoos finished by the way? You are very lucky your company doesn’t care about that. It would never fly where I work.

@vorpalette:  Exactly. You should, of course, research the company. But you would never find me at an interview not in a suit.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@vorpalette:  I actually had an interview 2 weeks ago with another company (didn’t get it, not even close to enough experience) and I wore a suit….aaaaaaand I looked like a complete jackass, what with the tattoos and all. I just looked…confused :-p

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