I've got an interview! Yikes! what to wear...ideas please?

(10 Posts)
absolutelynotfabulous Fri 10-Jun-16 08:06:32

I've actually got an interview. It's a voluntary position in the CAB and I have no idea what to wear. I haven't been even remotely "corporate" for ages. What the heck do I wear??

I'm not a dress -my current wardrobe comprises a couple of leggings, some brogues and a few vests and cardis.

I'm a large12. 5'4".

phoolani Fri 10-Jun-16 10:45:53

I'm not sure CAB will be very 'corporate', will it? Could you camp outside in the morning and see what other employees are wearing? I'm guessing 'smart casual'?

penisbeakerlaminateflooringetc Fri 10-Jun-16 10:47:38

If wear a black skirt/trousers and a nice top and plain shoes. Nothing too extravagant.

absolutelynotfabulous Fri 10-Jun-16 12:04:14

grin phoolani I'm not sure what "corporate* means, any more, even! Forgot to mention I'm 56. I'm quite "young" though, whatever that means.

I think I'm going to do u structured blazer, decent quality trousers (perhaps pegs)?, shoes (brogues??) not sandals.

That sound ok??

phoolani Fri 10-Jun-16 15:03:19

Sounds ok. Difficult tho, isn't it? If it were me I'd be worried about being too 'smart' as much as being too casual! (Overthink? moi?) The obviousness of the dress code is probably what I miss most about corporate life. I'd probably do: straight leg ankle skimmer trousers, loafers and a smart-ish top.

absolutelynotfabulous Fri 10-Jun-16 15:17:37

Thanks, phoo. Ages since I was interviewed. Yikes!

Floisme Fri 10-Jun-16 15:29:38

I work for a charity - though not CAB. The outfit you've suggested (soft blazer, trousers, brogues) sounds fine, especially if it's a volunteering role.

I do notice that staff in different sections dress differently e.g. fundraising and finance always look pretty smart/formal whereas the ones doing face-to-face work are erm... more dressed down. So a lot might depend on your role and I'd wait and suss that out before you buy lots of new clothes. Unless you want to!

Hope it goes well.

absolutelynotfabulous Fri 10-Jun-16 18:02:06

Aw thanks floisme.

Just thought-what's the modrrn-day version of a briefcase? I don't particularly want to lug my old battered Hidedesign about...

phoolani Fri 10-Jun-16 19:22:26

🤔 a satchel?? Though unless you have to take documents with you, I'd stick to a smart medium sized bag I think.
Good luck, no matter what you wear!

absolutelynotfabulous Fri 10-Jun-16 21:14:12

Thanks! I don't think I need to take documents. Smart bag is is.

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