- Some of the people writing here are lucky to have a job. Maybe people should be a little less concerned with appearance and instead focus on education and abilities. Many writings here are practically illiterate. Obviously, they must have dressed well for their interviews because they are employed, but it is equally obvious that they didn't dig to deeply into the true education of these well-dressed employees. Appearance does indicate a person is serious about the job but that should not be the only criteria. I did end up going to a job interview inappropriately dressed. I wored at a very casual company and could not suddenly appear in interview clothes.
- —Guest BB
It all depends on the place
- Regarding Lionmama's comment, the same thing happened with me where I was called immediately for an interview, yet I was not in interview-ready attire. I was wearing probably regular jeans and a regular shirt, and I did end up getting the job. Of course it was for a warehouse position though where every dressed in shorts and tank tops. The tip is, always dress one step up from what you would have to wear to work. If you are going to wear regular clothes, then simply khaki's and a polo might work, but if they dress business casual, then a business suit would be better.
- —Guest Raziel
Flight Attendant interviews
- LARGE woman, brown sweatpants with matching hoodie, about three sizes too small. Different interview: young recent college grad, made it to through the interview series to the final where she wore faded navy blue dockers, clunky Mary Jane shoes with white sport socks, and a guy's button down shirt. Oh, and she hadn't brushed her hair. Let me repeat - for a FLIGHT ATTENDANT position at a formal professional airline.
Get there early
- Not having looked up the address and the distance exactly I was running late and the bus was not coming on time, so I had to run. I basically sweated like a big being a little out of shape at that time and was even still sweating after the 20 minutes wait time when the interviewer came. I got the job, but I think I lost most the impression I could have made simply because I looked like a jerk and also felt and communicated it that way. And also never wear new shoes on the interview day... I couldn't walk in these shoes for another three weeks and walked home barefoot.
- —Guest Jerey
No Naphtha, Please
- I once interviewed a gal who covered her entire body with mothballs. On top of that, she wore a polyester double-knit sweater and matching polyester-double knit pants. My grandma would dress better than that. And the gal could not have been older than 50! To make matters worse, she came in to the interview with tangled curly hair that hadn't been brushed in several days. She then insisted that computer monitors would kill everyone. I could not wait for that interview to be over--her eau de mothball cologne made my eyes water like crazy. She definitely did not get the job!
A train wreck got the job?!
- I was called into a group interview for this plus size store, for women. I wore black dress slacks, a red tank top with a black suit like jacket over it, light/natural makeup, small silver hoop earrings, and closed toe heels. I was standing next to a young lady that...um....was overly gifted with....rolls. She probably hadn't seen 300 pounds in a long time. But anyways. She was wearing layered tank tops that didn't fit, open toe sandals, jeans, and 8 hoop earrings in each ear. Mind you, these earrings started from the top of the ear and went to the lobe, smallest one first then getting bigger towards the bottom. She was a train wreck. Guess who got the job?
- —Guest Kickacat
Job/Career Fair Attire
- It absolutely amazes me to see the way job hunters dress for career fairs! For every suit or professional dress, I see at least three in jeans, tee shirts, or worse. From unshaven faces to uncombed hair, it is dreadful. Why would these employers want YOU when there is a pool or more professional-looking applicants? It is about first impression - the way you look, the way your resume looks, etc. I've been in this field for over 30 years, and it is worse now than ever in an economy where every candidate should present his/her personal best.
Showing it all off!
- I interviewed a potential candidate who was dressed decently for the interview. The part that got me was how a few of his buttons were loose at the bottom of his shirt. His stomach was showing and I tried my best not to peek at it while speaking with him. On another note... he was a long shot away from having a six pack and umm... how can I put this?... umm. I'll just he was no spring chicken! In other words, that stomach should have been covered! :-)
- Well, I went for the job interview I thought i looked great. I finished the interview and I looked at my hair and my extensions were all falling out! And I had the biggest pimple on my lip - all Yuckkk! and Oh God.
- —Guest Bababahs
What to Wear?
- It's an interesting question that I was going to post on my blog of What to Wear? Logically, you dress for the position you want, but you also have to meet a series of people. Firstly, the human resources manager for a screening, then hopefully the department head you will be reporting to. Now, do you wear a power-suit when seeing the HR manager to show you are serious about the job and committed to succession-planning? Then, perhaps at a later date, a more subdued, muted suit so not to intimidate your future boss? The passivity of the latter infers they are still in control and not perceive you as a threat, (yet).
Worst Interview Makeup
- I was working for a large well-known bank in a small town. An acquaintance asked if they were hiring and I did her a favor by giving her the name of a contact in HR. She was granted an interview and asked me to lunch afterwards as a thank you. When we met after the interview, she was dressed appropriately, but she also was wearing bright blue eyeshadow that was applied on her eyelid and all the way up to her eyebrows. I was mortified, then relieved that she was not asked to return. I've been more judicious with referrals ever since.
Gum In My Hair
- so I'm going to my job interview and I had no idea that there was gum in my hair, until I got home and it turned out that because of that I didnt get the job because the gum was too distracting.
- —Guest Bobby O'brien
Personal Hygiene is a Must!
- So i work for a law firm and I was going to interview a women about the age of thirty. She had all the right stuff except for she was wearing a turtleneck with a large hole under the armpit. I also appened to see she hadn't shaved in a while, personal hygiene is a must.
- —Guest becky glover
- Why would someone just decide to mosey in the office in a blouse with shorts, I am like "Are you lost"?, this is not suppose to be impressive? is it? I mean I do not remember when I thought my job appearance was supposed to be this casual on any given day. I felt bad and took the application, just could of said, please allow me to show you some approaches to an successful employer interview. hint: they want a very business like attire.
Worst Interview Outfit
- I was job hunting, my ride wanted to put in applications also. I had interviews on the spot and was hired at a very popular Steak House. I was wearing nice black slacks and a nice powder pink button down blouse, nice hair and little makeup. The manager asked me why my (friend) was even bothering with an application. She wore a stained white T-shirt tucked into tight light blue VERY stained sweat pants, greasy hair no makeup and dirty face. she didnt get an interview or job.
- —Guest Carol