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
- People please remember one thing....dressing for success means success for the position your applying for. I can't take someone onto a production floor in a skirt. It's just not safe. So please remember that for a factory nice jeans, no holes, rips etc. and a pair of work boots with a nice shirt or blouse will be MORE than enough to get the position.
- —Guest kariann
Look in a Mirror First!
- I was 18 yrs. old at the time and had just moved to the big city to go to college and 3 yrs. of apprenticeship prior to moving. I was applying for a job with a recommendation from a guy in my church that had known me most of my life. He was even at the hospital when I was born as my family and his had been friends for generations. They worked in the same industry. I was leaving a class that had run a little late and changed into a suit in the back of my then boyfriend's car on the way there. I didn't know until after the interview that the dickie I was wearing under my jacket wasn't tucked in and was bunching weirdly around my neck. I did not get the job and the guy who I had known literally my whole life still cannot look me in the eye.
- —Guest Brandi
Don't Be So Judgmental
- Upon reading a lot of your responses, it would appear that most of you think you look a lot better than those you've seen, or at least you think so. In regards to dressing nice, I agree you should look your best, but who is to say what looks the best? How do you know these people did not take the effort into putting together their look? Some people in fact cannot help they way they look, because I'm sure most of you people writing these responses do not look that much better. Have you ever heard of an iron? And yes, most of the people I've seen that claim to look and dress good do not know how to iron their clothes. They simply think looking good is just wearing properly fitted clothes; which is obviously 1/3 of the dressing-well battle. How about trying to work on yourselves before judging others and stop being critical of every little thing of people, as I'm sure you fail to do that upon yourselves.
- —Guest Non bigot
Sweat Pants and Jordans
- I felt so stupid. I was in a rush and my college class took longer than expected. Anyway I show up to the restaurant trying to get a job as a waiter and Im wearing sweatpants and a sweater with a pair of jordans. The amazing part is we set up a second interview and i was prepared that time and got the job.
- —Guest jacob
- Fat girl in her late 20s comes in wearing all black; sweater and yoga pants, no dress shirt just a white tank top. Has previous experience from another job under same company....she got hired still. I'm like wtf?!
- —Guest Cara
Very Hot Interview
- It wasn't really my fault. The interview was scheduled on one of the hottest days in July and I was wearing a three-piece suit. There was a delay in the subway, so I had to walk the interview. And then when I got to the office it was clear that their air conditioning wasn't working. I was drenched in perspiration the whole time and was afraid to take off my jacket for fear of exposing my armpits. I did not get the job.
- —Guest John
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
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