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WIBU to wear jeans, Converse and a blazer to an "interview";?

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StaceeJaxx Thu 22-Nov-12 17:27:02

Been on the dole for 3 months now since DH was made redundant. About 6 weeks ago they changed things around and I now have an "advisor" I see every 2 weeks when signing on. She is supposed to do everything she can to improve my chances of getting a job. (And she's surprisingly, very nice). She arranged for me to go on a CV course a month ago where they re-jigged my CV to make it more up to date and professional. They were supposed to email me the finished CV 2 weeks ago, and haven't hmm but that's another thread.

Anyway she signed me up to get some work experience (which is pretty much like workfare - working for a certain period of time but still receiving JSA) because I've been a SAHM for the past 11 years. I was put on the list and told I'd get a call when something became available. At the time I asked work clothes, because I don't own anything remotely work friendly. I wear jeans and leggings all the time and TBH look a right scruff most of the time too. I can't afford to buy new work clothes (can't even afford a shite pair of jeans from Primark for £6)! She said we could sort something out when I get a placement.

I got a phonecall from the Jobcentre today about a work placement. I have to go to an interview first and then they'll let me know if I am successful. The interview is tomorrow at 10am. I have nothing appropriate to wear. The smartest thing I have is dark blue jeans, with a dark vest top and a black blazer on top. Would that be appropriate? Would Converse look best with the jeans (Converse are white) or would black boots be better? Boots are very scuffed an old but might be better than white trainers?

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 22-Nov-12 17:28:14

What is the interview for? I mean, what kind of job?

StaceeJaxx Thu 22-Nov-12 17:29:10

Oh sorry, should have said. It's admin and reception.

scentednappyhag Thu 22-Nov-12 17:30:54

Do you have a friend you could borrow some trousers from? Jeans seem a bit informal for an interview.

starlightlover Thu 22-Nov-12 17:31:50

No converse are such a bad idea.

The people in reception are usually the first people you see so need to create a good impression.

twentyten Thu 22-Nov-12 17:32:23

Slap some polish on the boots.Could you try charity shops?You can get a lot for £6. Decent bag and neat nails/hair.Good luck.

ISingSoprano Thu 22-Nov-12 17:32:35

Sorry but jeans and converse are really not appropriate for a reception job. What else do you have?

JamieandtheMagicTorch Thu 22-Nov-12 17:33:59

I would play save and try and borrow some trousers if you can. Jeans might be OK for some placements (nursery, for instance), but jeans might be noticed.

Boots not Converse if you have to wear the jeans

Or have you got a dress/leggings combo you can wear?

ShatnersBassoon Thu 22-Nov-12 17:34:05

I would get to a charity shop and do without something else this week to make the right impression. Nobody would think you were serious about wanting the job if you wore such a casual outfit, and spending £5-£10 on an appropriate outfit might make the difference between being considered and being written off as soon as you walk through the door. Choose something that will go with the black boots you already have.

flossy101 Thu 22-Nov-12 17:34:14

Is there any way you could borrow something from friend/family member at short notice??

JamieandtheMagicTorch Thu 22-Nov-12 17:34:27

play safe

StuntGirl Thu 22-Nov-12 17:34:44

Sorry I wouldn't hire someone in that outfit, unless they massively aced the interview. For the position it looks far too casual and informal (unless its quite an informal company?)

Is there no chance of seeing if your friends have a shirt and a skirt or pair of smart trousers you can borrow?

Mollydoggerson Thu 22-Nov-12 17:35:17

Admin/reception - front of house - your look alone will dictate whether or not you get the placement. If you want it, coukld you try to beg, steal or borrow a dark suit and white blouse?

How about St. V de P.

YDdraigGoch Thu 22-Nov-12 17:36:04

Charity shops are a great idea. Otherwise beg, borrow or steal something, but do not wear jeans and converse.

NinaHeart Thu 22-Nov-12 17:36:29

There's an organisation called (I think) Dress for Success who help women who need smart clothes for jobs after being out of work. Don't know if it is applicable to you?

Mollydoggerson Thu 22-Nov-12 17:37:04

Do you have a dress?

What would you wear to a wedding/funeral if you were going?

twentyten Thu 22-Nov-12 17:37:42

do some research on the company.what do they do?

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 22-Nov-12 17:38:27

No if it is reception job, appearances are very important. Borrow from friends.

Bearandcub Thu 22-Nov-12 17:38:27

Where are you? What size?

Wheresmypopcorn Thu 22-Nov-12 17:41:50

Not converse.

Weissdorn Thu 22-Nov-12 17:42:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

StuntGirl Thu 22-Nov-12 17:43:06

As good an idea as it is I doubt the OP has the time to check charity shops given the interview is 10am tomorrow.

What else is in your wardrobe Stacee? Do you have a smart/dressy top to pair with the blazer, jeans and boots? That would be better than a vest top and converse.

Elegantlywasted Thu 22-Nov-12 17:44:16

Buff up the boots and see if you can borrow a pair of more formal trousers, good luck for the interview.

redskyatnight Thu 22-Nov-12 17:44:39

I think you need to get everything out your wardrobe and see what you can do with it. Or try to beg something from a friend.

And after the interview, get to charity shop/other cheap clothing place and buy yourself something suitable - you are going to need something for future interviews/any job you get.

ShatnersBassoon Thu 22-Nov-12 17:46:00

Oh yes, unless there's a charity shop en route to the interview.

Someone else makes a good point up thread about what you would wear should you have to go to a wedding or funeral. You must have something smarter than jeans, even if it's a little tight/big/old.

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