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Interview outfit for working in a homeless shelter

(11 Posts)
vanillamum Wed 18-May-11 20:42:49

I really want this job, went to see them today for a go-see. I wore skinnies, flat boots and tunic top-and fitted right in. Asked what dress code would be for the interview on Tuesday hoping it would be what I am wearing but was told "smart casual". WTF does that mean, can spend upto £60 on outfit but would rather it was less. I am 37, short, size 12 bum and size 8-10 top half.

Gillybobs Wed 18-May-11 21:16:06

DO you have any tailored trousers you could wear with a blouse/top? I always think interview outfits should be slightly smarter than what you'd wear to actually do the job IYSWIM

Guitargirl Wed 18-May-11 21:18:24

Smart trousers and well-ironed shirt.

madhousewife Wed 18-May-11 21:30:36

agreed with the above, you have to look like you are making an effort for an interview. no jeans!!

good luck! hope you get the job!

vanillamum Wed 18-May-11 22:31:13

Thanks everyone, I will have a rummage in my wardrobe-I have been at home with kids for six years and slowly all my clothes have become very casual or my funeral suit! I have only kept a few of my work wear stuff because they were expensive and now they are either 1)hopelessly out of date or 2} stretched beyond all recognition while I tried to disguise my pregnancy. I notice everyone has mentioned trousers, I was thinking of a dress and jacket, simply because I could wear it afterwards but do you think it is a bad idea?

MillyR Wed 18-May-11 23:15:16

I think a semi-smart jacket is a good idea. I used to work in homelessness semi-casual clothes but had a tailored cord jacket to wear over the top. You then look casual for the clients but somewhat professional if you are speaking to someone official on the client's behalf. So I think if you bought a smartish jacket you would get wear out of it again at work.

vanillamum Fri 20-May-11 20:56:56

Thanks everyone have a clearer idea now x

giggly Fri 20-May-11 22:50:50

your funeral suit would be the best option.I managed a homeless unit and still expected folk to wear a suit for an interview.

vanillamum Sun 05-Jun-11 21:47:01

Just wanted to thank everyone who helped me decide what to wear for this interview. I took your advice and at the interview I wore a trouser suit with a casualish shirt and bright green bloch ballet pumps.
Anyway, everyone on the interview panel was very casually dressed and without your advice I would have felt I had overdressed and been even more nervous. But because all you lovely mumsnet ladies had told me I was wearing the right thing I felt cool and confident and GOT THE JOB! So thank you xxx

polyhymnia Mon 06-Jun-11 09:51:58


iWILLdothis Mon 06-Jun-11 11:22:52

Congratulations! smile
<silently envies those with jobs.....sigh!>

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