Is this okay to wear to a job interview?

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
9721 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

It’s not formal enough, IMO. Blazer, dress pants or skirt, nice blouse.

Post # 3
1163 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1995

No.  That is way to casual for a job interview.

Post # 4
442 posts
Helper bee

Sorry it’s far too casual – I wouldn’t be impressed at all by an applicant turning up to an interview with me like that.

Post # 5
656 posts
Busy bee

No. Cute but big no to interview outfit.


I think a blazer or cardigan would help professionalize that outfit along with some pearl earings and necklace if you have nothing else. 

Post # 6
982 posts
Busy bee

Way too casual. 

Post # 7
1918 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

Way to casual for a job interview maybe something similar to this

Post # 8
358 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

If this is a formal dental school (DDS or DMD) interview, you need to wear a full suit — slacks and matching blazer, or skirt and blazer, with a conservative blouse. Suit can be black, dark blue, or dark grey. (I am a fourth year medical student and see medical school and dental school interviewees all the time)

If you aren’t interviewing for a spot in a dental school program, I still agree that this is too casual, though you might not need an actual suit for a job or a non-graduate program interview — I will defer to other posters’ expertise on this matter.

Post # 9
2723 posts
Sugar bee

Honestly that’s too casual even for a coffee shop/waitressing interview. I would go with
– dress pants or black pants/jeans (just not ones that look like jeans)
– button up shirt or formal top 
– with a cardigan or blazer

Even if it doesn’t have a formal dress code, it’s way better to over-dress than underdress for an interview. It shows that you’re serious about the position and take it seriously.

I usually actually over-dress for the first few months of a job until they see that I’m serious about the position and I see what’s really *normal* for the office.

Post # 10
1684 posts
Bumble bee

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brookeee16 :  nope, this is not appropriate. You should at the very least have a blazer, slacks and a proper top.

Post # 11
1543 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Are you interviewing for dental school? If so, you should wear a true suit. I interviewed for medical school and as I understand it, the dental school interview process is very similar. Everyone wore a full suit- skirt suit or pants suit is fine. 

Post # 12
950 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Congrats bee, that’s awesome! My Fiance just did his dental school interviews for the last cycle, and he said the girls either wore dress pants and a blouse, or a business dress and blazer. I think the dress is a bit too casual. Maybe something more along these lines? I think a blazer is a good option, it always makes an outfit look more professional in my opinion. It’s always better to be overdressed rather than underdressed!

Post # 13
6347 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

No, too casual.

Post # 14
1790 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

My rule of thumb is that if you have to ask if it’s okay to wear to work, it’s not okay. 

Post # 15
163 posts
Blushing bee

I agree, the dress is too casual even if you were to add a cardigan or blazer. I would go with a more business formal option. I also think that jewelry and accessories should be kept more minimal for interviews.

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