From the article: What Not to Wear on an Interview
When you are dressing for a job interview, what you wear makes a difference. What's the worst job interview outfit you've seen or that you have worn, before you knew what to wear? Share The Worst Clothes
Boss Didn't Like Business Casual
- Recently I interviewed for an electronics/programming-related position. I wore nice shoes, pleated Dockers, and a nice long-sleeved, white, collared shirt. It was rather warm and humid, so I rolled the end of my sleeves up two turns each very neatly. After talking with one of the engineers, he was walking around with me and we ran into the boss in the hallway. He introduced the boss to me, I said my name, and the boss just looked at my shirt like he couldn't believe what he was seeing. He didn't say a word as he slowly moved to the side and went down the hall. The engineer I was with didn't say a word. I wanted so badly to ask what just happened, but I kept my mouth shut. Is the fact that I didn't wear a tie and jacket enough to put off some bosses to this extreme??? I thought I looked very presentable and at the upper end of "business casual". I think he was very rude, so I guess I'm glad I didn't get called back. But I still can hardly believe that.
- —Guest FL Engineer
Should Have Drove the Extra 15 Mins
- I've always been told by my dad, if you want ANYTHING, ALWAYS put your best foot forward. Every interview I have ever went to I made sure I dressed appropriately. Whether it mean spending an extra $30. Unfortunately on a recent "interview"(it wasn't an official interview. More like a meet and greet type of thing) I wasn't dressed appropriately. The manager called and asked was I busy. I said no. He told me to spruce up and see him within an hour. Well lets just say I was dressed for a day at the mall. Cute jeans and a nice top. I would have changed but I was at my in laws house and my house was 15 mins past my destination. So instead of taking the extra 15 I settled with the cute mall outfit I had on.....and DID NOT get the job. By the way he was the type to base your employment off looks.
- —Guest Brittney
You've Got to be Smart
- I really believe there is no "proper" interview outfit. Everything depends on the nature of the job you're applying. If you are involved in the law/business/marketing sector (dealing with a LOT of people), then wearing a suit is a must, not only on the interview day, but maybe daily if you get the job. Appearance in the aforementioned sectors is considered critical. However, in construction/IT/arts sector, a smart-casual but "reserved" appearance might give you an advantage ove the "suit".These fields of work have a more creative-minded approach. For example, a geek profiled applicant in the IT sector might be successful even if he wears a Star Trek t-shirt. The interviewers know that these people DO for the job. The suit won't work. Your abilities will.
- —Guest Jim
Unless It's a Go Go Dancing Position!
- Colorful Heels, hot pink flashy colored blouses, heavy intense eye makeup, and short skirts look very tacky. Its' a job interview NOT THE CLUB!
- —Guest mon.ro
Knight in Shining Armor
- Litterally, medieval armor. I hired this man instantly for the position of videogame artist. But I'm not sure how others would respond to a man dressed like a knight and speaking "ye olde English" with a proper British accent throughout the interview.
- —Guest MC burgerking
You're Not in Bed!
- I had a young man apply at a job I was working at and he turned in a resume in his pjs. I'm 100% serious.
- —Guest Mary
Worst Interview Clothes
- While working at a a Record Company a gentleman came in for an interview wearing a plaid flannel shirt and overalls. He then proceeded to tell me that this is the way he dresses like or not....he didn't get the job.
- —Guest Gigi
Took Out His Teeth!
- Once had a guy come through our office for an interview wearing a tracksuit carrying a carrier bag, but worst of all when in the interview, the manager noticed he'd taken his false teeth out
- —Guest C
- I was a newly divorced single mom looking for my first job in many years. I was desperate and I had no money. I had a great interview suit. A black pencil skirt, crisp white shirt, and a black blazer. Only problem is I had gained a little weight since I last wore the skirt. I wore it without buttoning it (just zipped it up in back). No problem! The blazer hides that! Well, when I stood up after the interview and walked out, I realized that my blazer had ridden up and the zipper had ridden down! I was wearing tights but they were see through enough........ I didn't get that job.
- —Guest ann
- I handed in my resume online and came in for the interview. I only went to a couple of interviews before. So I never really realised I had to be super dressed up. I got their after a two and half hour drive to Edmonton. They say he will be ten minutes. I tell the girl at the counter I'm gonna walk around and look at some of the products in the store and then I go back over there after ten minutes. He comes to me and says "can you come with me?" Then he walks over with me and tells me that you were supposed to wait for me here. I'm like "What? I told her I was gonna walk around." He tells me he doesn't like what I was wearing and he sent me home. Told me he would make another appoinment with me. Too bad I live two and a half hours away. So far away -- ugh.
- —Guest Michael
My Short Shorts and Khacki Netted Tshirt
- I went looking for jobs for my first time. I'm 17 and for my first interview I wore faded blue jeans and a khacki netted t-shirt with a brown undershirt that was low cut. I was called in for a second interview and wore something a little better.I got the job but got laid-off the first week. I know it's terrible.
- —Guest Rachel
Make an Effort
- One girl I saw at an interview wore leggings and an oversized t-shirt. It looked terrible.
- —Guest Glenys
Are Those Shorts or Panties?
- I job hunted one time and there were a couple of other people there applying as well. The one who got my attention was a girl wearing some really short shorts that showed a bit of cheek. The only place that would be happy to see all that skin would be a strip club. It's ridiculous.
- —Guest Kazzilee
- All I have to say is that i'ts common sense that you should dress nicely for an job interview!! If you're not going to dress nicely, then don't even apply for the job. You must not want it!
- —Guest CharmingCutie
Intern Interview Outfits
- I get a lot of interns where I work, and they are some of the worst dressers. I would say at least 4 out of 10 girls comes in wearing leggings with a shorter shirt (would still be unprofessional with a longer shirt). One girl even wore tights with a shirt that barely came to her waste. They were black, but near the top where they were all stretched out, I could see clearly through them. I understand that most students don't have much money, but investing at least in a pair of black pants wouldn't kill you, would it?
- —Guest Rors
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