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NearlySpring Mon 04-Jul-11 16:52:36

A suit / oficce attire to a meeting with a recruitment consultant?

I have been looking for a new job.
, going back into the sales industy which I have lots of experience in. I have spoken to a local recruitment agency and my consultant has said she has a couple of vacancies which she'd like to put me forward for but has asked me to pop into her office for a chat and to discuss my salary requirements etc.

I currently wear a uniform for work, I do not currently own a suit or anything remotely smart / suit / officey like. Obviously a new work wear wardrobe will be purchased for interviews and new job but I have to meet the consultant tomorrow so no time to shop before.

AIBU to go jut wearing casualish clothes. Won't wear jeans or trainers etc, was thinking a nice cotton long summer skirt, a nice top and sandals?

Sorry it's a boring AIBU but I just can't decide...

Tee2072 Mon 04-Jul-11 16:54:22

I think that would be fine. So long as you are neat and clean I don't see a problem.

5Foot5 Mon 04-Jul-11 16:55:58

Personally I would say better to play safe and dress smart.

NearlySpring Mon 04-Jul-11 17:06:51

Well I'll definitely be clean and presentable, hair done etc. smile

Journey Mon 04-Jul-11 17:21:28

Agree with 5Foot5

nickelbabe Mon 04-Jul-11 17:22:58

I think your outfit sounds good, too. as long as it looks smart, it's fine.

dickiedavisthunderthighs Mon 04-Jul-11 17:24:34

Dress smartly. Sales as you know is very competitive and it's all about image. If you go to the interview with the consultant looking wearing an outfit that you'd wear for lunch with girlfriends then you might find other people being put forward ahead of you. The consultant wields a lot of power!!

eurochick Mon 04-Jul-11 17:32:47

Sorry, but that sounds too casual to me. Can you borrow something smarter tonight?

catgirl1976 Mon 04-Jul-11 18:41:35

Too casual. Beg or borrow a suit.

wicketkeeper Mon 04-Jul-11 18:45:25

Beg buy or borrow a suit IMMEDIATELY. The decision to hire is made in the first 5 seconds that you walk into the room - the interview is simply for them to find sufficient evidence to back up their decision. If you don't look the part, you won't get the part. I know this is only the recruitment consultant, but why make it harder for them - you need them on your side, and they know what the punters are looking for.

cazza40 Mon 04-Jul-11 18:47:29

As an ex recruitment consultant I would advise you to suit up otherwise it can come over as sloppy

MassagesDeclinedByNetmums Mon 04-Jul-11 18:47:33

Working in recruitment myself, I'd def advise something more formal, trousers and shirt if not a suit maybe? Casual clothes will give the impression that you aren't that bothered...

Scotsfairy Mon 04-Jul-11 18:51:10

I'm in the process of job-hunting at the moment and all of the recruitment consultants I've met with have advised dressing as you would for an interview, i.e. suit or smart dress.

With the job market as difficult as it is at the moment I'd do everything in your power to boost your chances....with so many people after each role you need to grab every opportunity you can to lift yourself above the competition.

gallicgirl Mon 04-Jul-11 18:51:24

Do you have a large Sainsburys or Tesco near to you so you could go buy a cheap suit there tonight?

Or maybe a Next or M&S on a retail park - they're often open til 8pm.

Even you can't manage a jacket, I'd go with tailored skirt or pants and a formal plain blouse.

DilysPrice Mon 04-Jul-11 18:54:33

If you can't get a suit then you can't. But do dress as smartly as you possibly can, because it will help.

EssentialFattyAcid Mon 04-Jul-11 18:54:50

Suit up or the recruitment consultant is not going to put you forward for any decent jobs - frankly I am amazed you are asking this question - will you not have to dress smartly once you are actually in post?

MassagesDeclinedByNetmums Mon 04-Jul-11 18:57:12

At a push, I'd wear your uniform and explain that you are going straight to work/have come out of work.
What time is your interview? Next deliver next day before 9pm smile

NearlySpring Mon 04-Jul-11 19:09:34

Thanks all! I have been doing the same job for ages so not been into a recruitment agency office for years. I actually worked in a recruitment office years ago and it was all very casual and we wore smart casual clothes (not suits) and so did candidates coming in to chat with us.

Obviously, I would only ever wear suits for an actual job interview- this is more just a chat. However, it seems Im a little out of touch about recruitment consultants expectations.

I went to Next at the retail park ( open til 9pm) and now have a nice new tailored skirt suit for tomorrow! Thanks for all your posts.

BS.

redrobin Mon 04-Jul-11 19:12:13

good luck!

catgirl1976 Mon 04-Jul-11 19:12:47

Everything crossed for you!

Soups Mon 04-Jul-11 20:08:01

I've been to a recruitment consultant recently and was asked to dress as if for an interview.

CurlyBoy Mon 04-Jul-11 20:44:02

Good luck! I just got the perfect job after being made redundant almost 6 moths ago so I wish you tons of luck! Sending good job getting vibes your way!

NearlySpring Fri 08-Jul-11 12:56:45

Well I wore my new smart suit and the recruitment consultant was dressed a bit trampy. Rough looking hair and a tired old summer dress and flip flops! smile Still, never mind!

babybarrister Fri 08-Jul-11 13:24:59

well that is the joy of being the interviewer not the interviewed - I am glad you went wearing a suit though as at least you put your best foot forward and showed that you were ready for work and enthusiastic. good luck with it!

EssentialFattyAcid Fri 08-Jul-11 13:27:16

Good luck!

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