Post # 1
I need your help bees!
I just found out I have an interview for this Friday. It is for an office position for a restoration company. Since in the job description it says that position is for “the first face our customer sees”, I know I need to look good. But from what I researched about the company, it is a shop environment where welding and building is going on. And the pictures on their company facebook shows people in work clothes (jeans, tshirts, hoodies, fleece jackets).
How do I find the right balance of looking professional but fitting into their relaxed environment? The interviewer is giving me a tour of the shop, and I dont want to look foolish in a dress and heels walking around.
What is casual but still professional? Are jeans just too casual? Even nice, no rips, dark one with a dress shirt?
Post # 3
Maybe emai/calll and ask if there is any special attire to be worn in the presence of machinery?
Cute closed toe flats with black pants and a nice top? I know what you mean though about not wanting to look foolish. Hopefully some others can chime in 😉
Post # 4
@Eva Peron: I agree with this. I think dress pants and a cute top would be perfect. A suit would probably look too dressy and jeans would look too casual.
Post # 5
Business casual. Dress pants, cute top, closed toe flats. I’m a scientist and in the same boat. Too dressed up is bad, but not dressed up a little is sloppy. Such a hard line to tow!
Post # 6
I’m so happy you guys have said flats. I am 5’11 so dress shoes are kinda tricky when you dont want to be towering over everyone. All I could picture was me in a dress and three inch heels walking around a cement floor shop while sparks are flying.
Hmm… now I must go shopping…. darn… 🙂
Post # 7
I agree w/ Business casual. Dress pants, cardigan w/ shell, and flat closed toe shoes. That’s my work uniform.
Post # 8
My vote goes to business casual, too. I work in a similar environment (we can wear jeans/tennis shoes to work…and believe you me, I take advantage of this!). On the interview, however, I wore dress pants, a low heal, and a cute top with a cardigan.
I agree a suit would look like you’re trying to hard in this type of environment.
Post # 9
How did your interview go today?
here it’s 3:30 ish and we probably were wondering what you wore?
Post # 10
Definitely business-ish attire (business casual is ok, but I’d do black pants rather than khakis, blouse under a cardigan or blazer rather than tee or tank.) It is always better to be over dressed than under dressed at an interview.
I used to co-manage a jewelry store – the dress code was SUPER casual (leggings = pants) but the people who dressed up the most for interviews always impressed me.