(Closed) OT: Do you think it matters skirt vs. pants for conservative job interview?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

It does sometimes. I live in an Amish/Mennonite community so if I came in wearing pants I probably wouldn’t get the job. The same is true in many Jewish or Muslim communities. Since I don’t know where you are interviewing I don’t know what else to say. Sorry!

ETA: My grammy always said when in doubt wear an ankle length skirt. Then no matter their religious leanings you are covered (literally)!

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Either are fine considering you live in New Jersey.  I rarely see women wear skirts for job interviews these days.  I often when in with a pair of nice black pants, heels, and a dressy shirt.  Nothing revealing at all.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think you would be fine in a nice pant suit, but to play it safe I would wear a skirt suit since that is technically more conservative. For an interview, you should dress in the utmost formal business dress, keep your jewelry plain (diamonds or pears) and wear your hair down.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

In the medical industry, we see both.  If you decide to go the skirt suit route, make sure the skirt is knee length or longer, and the suit should be black, gray or navy to be super-conservative.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Definitely the jacket tho.  We were talking the other day and a friend of mine went to an interview last year during the heat wave in dress pants and a short sleeved dress shirt, and she didn’t get the job.  She had a friend that worked there and so she asked him if he could find out why she didn’t get it ?  Came back they thought she wasn’t dressed for a business interview and that she wasn’t interested in their position or company.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

A knee-length pencil skirt suit with stockings and pumps with a moderate heel is what I always go for. It’s seldom failed me. Make sure you look groomed but neutral.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yeah considering you are in NJ a nice dark pantsuit, nothing super tight or revealing should be excellent. I hope it goes well.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Both skirts and pants are considered business formal attire for women.  I don’t think you can go wrong either way; pick the one you are most comfortable with.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

What does living in NJ have to do with anything? People here are more casual than elsewhere?

I’d also wear a skirt suit that is pressed and neat.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Based on my experience, pantsuits are becoming very commonplace and are usually acceptable, but there are still some people who think that skirt suit is more formal businesswear for woman. Since it’s hard to know in advance what the interviewer will think, I prefer to stay on the safe side and wear a conservative black suit with knee-length pencil skirt.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

I always wear skirt suits with pantyhose for job interviews (I’m an attorney) because that’s more conservative and traditional for the field.  Day-to-day I wear pants and wouldn’t be caught dead in pantyhose.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think of it this way… If I had to wear a skirt everyday would I even want to work there??

First impressions are important, but it goes both ways… If they aren’t going to hire you because you wore pants then I say screw em! 🙂

 

ETA:  I do NOT work in an office or corporate environment… so I’m probably not the best judge… I work outside with animals… lol 🙂

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@o0olibelulao0o:What you wear to an interview isn’t always literally reflective of the environment you’ll be working in.  Dressing up for an interview (or other important meeting) indicates your respect for the person/people you’re interviewing with.  You don’t necessarily dress like that every single day…

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m an attorney as well, and as much as it irks me that skirt suits are preferred for interviews, I always wore them as that is still the case.  If you are describing the place as conservative, I’d say definitely wear a skirt suit. 

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