(Closed) Job Interview and nothing to wear!!!

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would wear the suit pants and a nice top with it.  Have you ever been into the ofice at all? If so, try and dress accordingly to what you saw.  You would rather be over dressed than underdressed, but just make sure what you wear fits you well, don’t force your body into the jacket if it doesn’t fit right anymore.  Make sure you are comfortable.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Congrats on nabbing an interview! As you know, in order to knock ’em outta the water you need to be confident. Lucky for me, confidence can be faked with great clothes. Wink

I think the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and confident in expressing how brilliant you are. So, I think the uncomfy non-buttoning suit jacket is a no. It’s hot here in Texas, too and un-freaking-believable with the humidity. I’d say wear nice black slacks with a great, moderately comfortable heel. I don’t believe in the whole “only long sleeves are appropriate” motto. I’d go towards more of a very nice, work appropriate top. Maybe 3/4 length sleeve. I know all about the broke issue, too which is why I frequent TJ Maxx when I need career clothes.

I hope your interview goes well! Let us know how it goes!

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I never wear a suit jacket to work, far too cumbersome. If it is really hot I wear a shirt with capped sleeves and some black linen trousers. This may not help much, but I hope you get the job so you can get lots of nice new work gear ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

I love job interviews! Here’s my two cents. If the suit fits comfortable unbuttoned, go for hhe suit. Law offices tend to be conservative and you always want to dress at least one level above the position for which you are applying anyway. I would pair the suit with a sleeveless shirt and leave the jacket on to deal with the heat. A v-neck t can also be a great option for dressing a suit down for summer as long as it looks neat and is not too clingy. Acessorize with a conservative necklace and a pair of power heels.

Alternatively, do you have a friend or relative of a similar size from whom you could borrow a suit or a jacket that fits comfortably? Borrowing is always fun and free.

If you decided to ditch the suit all together, I would opt for a button down shirt (short or long sleeves) with nice pants and heels.

Good luck!!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@tessabella76 – I work in a law office and it’s hyper conservative (As most are) – so I’d definitely wear the suit, even if it doesn’t button. You can wear a short sleeve shirt (or even a sleeveless shirt) under the jacket, as long as you don’t take the jacket off. If you aren’t going to wear the jacket, wear a long sleeve shirt, black pants, and some nice moderate heels. It’s only a couple of hours, and it won’t be 90 degrees inside the office. Then, you can see how everyone else is dressed and if you (hopefully – got my fingers crossed for you!) get the job, you can go from there and modify as needed. But for one day, for a couple of hours – wear the suit.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

 I don’t interview in a jacket EVER but for a law office, I’d leve it unbuttoned. Do you have a belt? It’s trendy but not TOO trendy to put a skinnier belt around the middle. I would stick to a skirt with hose (ew i know) and conservative heels. I also would wear long sleeve dress shrirts and I usually throw on a scarf very flight attendant style.

I’ve always been told it’s nice to stand out somewhat but still be professional even for the most conservative of offices. So, not flashy, but you can find something to jazz up. A colorful silk scarf is always my safe bet.

Ok don’t laugh…GO to WALMART! It’ll get you by for a few hours if you’re in desperate need of a suit that fits. My friend had to give an emergency presentation at a huge engineering firm in front of the military and I couldn’t believe it was from Wal-mart. After all, you’ll look silly if you try to stuff yourself into clothes that don’t fit and the interviewer will take note of that. You don’t want that person to be focusing on your ill-fitting clothes and completely forget abolut your awesome work skills! Good luck!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Do the bottoms of the suit fit even though the jacket doesn’t?  That’s unusual.  Usually the jacket fits long after the bottoms have become way too small.

That said, it’s really obvious when peoples suits are too small for them.  If it’s financially possible, and if you will be going on more interviews before you have time to make yourself fit back into your old suit, I’d advise buying a new one.  You don’t have to go brooks brothers, but for under $300 you should be able to find a decent wool suit that fits.  And for women on an interview, gray or black only.  And light gray only in the dog days of summer.  Go for charcoal.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I got my job at a major law firm (think top 10 international) in a really cheap (and cheap looking) $50 suit.  It was conservative and black and fit me and that’s all that mattered.

I used to interview new candidates there.  Just don’t give them something to comment on (like a bold color or bursting buttons).  Interviewers understand why your suit is cheap (you don’t have a job yet, and obviously that’s why you’re there).  We all talked about the candidate after he left and one of the criteria was how he presented himself.  They’ll feel guilty for picking on your suit for being inexpensive, but won’t hesitate to comment on just about anything else.

I bought a nicer suit a few paychecks later. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

When you say won’t button do you mean that it pulls across the back too or is it just too small to button? Can you get away with it being open with a solid (white, gray or light blue) shirt underneath? I have two suits that I got at NY&Co. probably both under $60 each (they have amazing deals every week… $20 off $60 purchase and stuff – I can forward you a coupon if you want).

Because it is a law office, I would suggest finding a way to wear a suit – do any close girlfriends wear a size close to you?

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Let us know how the interview goes! We’re pulling for you! 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

When is the interview tessa? I had bee thoughts on my interview two weeks ago and I got the job ๐Ÿ™‚ I think we have magic powers together.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

I asked my sister, who is a lawyer and she suggested wearing the suit, even if you can’t button the jacket.  Many firms have really strict dress codes (i.e. must wear closed toe shoes, nylons, etc), even in the summer when it’s hot.  In an interview, I always want to be as dressy or more dressy than the people with whom I’m intereviewing.  If you get the job (or called back in for a 2nd interview), you might be able to gauge what’s appropriate by what your coworkers are wearing.

Good luck on the interview and please let us know how it goes!!

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