By frustrated - 22/01/2013 07:20 - Australia - Mittagong
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Actually, the best way to dress at the interview would be the way you would dress everyday at the job. Example, suit for a bank. Jeans are acceptable for field engineers, etc. If the job has a theme, like yours has a hippie theme, dress casually. If I were running that store and someone walked in with a suit, I would think that person doesn't know much about my store - or is looking for a more serious position and would not stick too long.
To those who say they were improperly dressed for the interview by wearing a suit, I disagree. There is exactly one case wherein it's wrong to wear a suit to an interview, and that is if the company has specifically requested that you do not wear a suit. I wore a suit to my first interview at Wal-Mart. I walked out of there with a Conditional Offer of Employment (conditional on passing a drug screening, which I did) and have been working there since. Had they not made it apparent that they wanted to conduct a second interview with me, I would have headed home after that first interview and would have had to come back at a later date for that second interview.
I wore garrison boots, fatigue pants, a tank top and suspenders to my first Walmart interview, I left with a trucking job. Clothing isn't everything, it's attitude and perceived suitability for the job. Hippies don't like suits, so looking like one for an interview with a hippie is a bad idea. Like I said, perception is more important than most people think.
#73 I honestly disagree with you, and everyone else saying the same. While I do agree that dressing in a suit was probably not appropriate for a style of store such as the one OP was applying for, you shouldn't reserve suits just for office interviews. It's good manners and shows professionalism whenever you dress nice for an interview at any establishment, be it a suit, a dress, a dress shirt and pants ,etc. When I went in for my interview at Dairy Queen, I wore black slacks, a dress shirt, and dress shoes, regardless of the fact it was just a fast food restaurant. Dressing too casually can lead interviewers to believe you're not serious about the job. Though this can easily be solved by asking some of the employees (or the interviewer themselves) what is preferred for an interview there.
This is very true. I used to work at a job employment agency where a part of my job was to teach people how to dress for job interviews. Yet I've still had bosses tell me they don't like my outfit at job interviews. Different people have different ideas of appropriateness. At any other interview you might have been hired on the spot for looking so smart, OP. A general guideline is to dress one step up from how the people in the place you're applying for dress. So if you're applying for a manual labor job, wear a plain t-shirt and some decent work pants. If you're applying for a retail position where they wear casual clothing, wear dressy pants/skirt and a stylish top. If you're applying for an office or bank position, wear a full suit (blazer/jacket included), and so on.
That is so not your fault. You did the proper thing, and what any other interviewer would want. Next time you will get the job.
Dress appropriately, you cant be draped in a sari for an interview at the hooters.