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What does dress smartly for an interview mean?

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sunshineandstarsgirl · 19/06/2023 12:08

I got an interview for next week and they have asked me to dress smartly. Can I wear a blouse and a long skirt for the interview?

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Seeline · 19/06/2023 12:09

What sort of job is it?

Office, receptionist etc, I would probably go with a more tailored skirt.

Hbh17 · 19/06/2023 12:10

Depends on the job, but I would expect to see some one wear a jacket too.
Proper shoes - no trainers or sandals.
Tidy hair.
No low necks or anything too distracting/very patterned or too brightly coloured.

silverbubbles · 19/06/2023 12:10

What is the job for? - if its high powered lawyer then they might expect a suit
but otherwise i think smart blouse and long skirt with shoes is fine.

GonnaGetGoingReturns · 19/06/2023 12:12

Smart I’d do work dress and jacket, tights and shoes. Smart skirt and blouse and jacket

JamSandle · 19/06/2023 12:13

Crisp white shirt
Black trousers or skirt with black tights
Smart shoes
Neat hair
Hygiene good

GonnaGetGoingReturns · 19/06/2023 12:13

Does depend on job too

GonnaGetGoingReturns · 19/06/2023 12:17

As @JamSandle says all of those.

I’ve been in smart interviews where I’ve worn hair loose but styled or tied up.

Makeup keep natural. Same with jewellery, no loud pieces.

You can do nude tights. If your shoes are leather polish them, suede brush them. Smart bag helps.

In the past my friends and me used to loan each other if we didn’t have eg smart jacket and smart bag.

BoogiemanSam · 19/06/2023 12:27

I wouldn’t expect a jacket in this weather tbh.
No sandals or trainer.
If you’re buying new make sure you wear the clothes for a few hours to make sure your comfortable in them. Nothing worse than being uncomfortable and distracted in an interview.

turkeyboots · 19/06/2023 12:33

Nice blouse, if a plain shirt wear a cardigan. A long skirt is ok if plain. Tidy your hair up, clean nails.
Regardless of role, no jeans, no tshirts, trainers or sandals.

sunshineandstarsgirl · 19/06/2023 12:59

Seeline · 19/06/2023 12:09

What sort of job is it?

Office, receptionist etc, I would probably go with a more tailored skirt.

What does tailored skirt mean? The interview is for business administration apprenticeship.

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sunshineandstarsgirl · 19/06/2023 13:02

Is a long red and black dress- with checks on ok? Is a dress/frock considered smart? Not sure if I should wear a dress or blouse&skirt?
Thank you for all the replies 😊

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Whattodowithit88 · 19/06/2023 13:05

is the red and black dress tailored? Do you have a photo of it? I think it’s probably a no unless it’s tailored and at knee length

SaveMeFromForearms · 19/06/2023 13:05

If it's a receptionist role they're checking that you will dress appropriately; I don't think a red and black checked dress is remotely close to receptionist wear to be honest.

Blouse and skirt plus blazer, or a neat fitted dress in a corporate colour, black/navy, etc.

Maybe nip in to a few local businesses and see what receptionists generally wear?

gillefc82 · 19/06/2023 13:09

I usually wear smart work dresses for work and any interviews. Think Hobbs, LK Bennett etc.

Infact, I have an interview this afternoon and will be wearing this dress.

What does dress smartly for an interview mean?
inappropriateraspberry · 19/06/2023 13:12

When you say long skirt or dress, what style? Shorter, knee length skirts usually look smarter, long to the ankle would be a lot more casual.
Mid calf, and tailored could work.

Seeline · 19/06/2023 13:17

Tailored skirt
ie more fitted, not flowing. Knee length
For that sort of job put it with a plain blouse and a cardigan or jacket

What does dress smartly for an interview mean?
headcheffer · 19/06/2023 13:21

I interview for new staff all the time, and wouldn't expect you to be in black tights or a jacket in this weather. I would be expecting you to be in a smart outfit - a dress, trousers and top or skirt and top would all be fine so long as they were work appropriate. So not revealing, no logos, or things like skulls (trust me I've seen this) on etc. Why don't you post a picture of your outfit? It sounds like a junior role and I can assure you no one will be expecting you to turn up in a Hobbs dress if that's the case.

WakeMeUpWhenGoodOmensIsBack · 19/06/2023 13:24

A pleated midi skirt could work - like this (but with closed toe shoes, not sandals).

What does dress smartly for an interview mean?
fetchacloth · 19/06/2023 13:25

As others have said it depends on the job really.
I would wear a suit or a dress with a jacket.
Nothing above the knee, no cleavage on display, no large distracting items of jewellery.
Court shoes, no open sandals.
Good luck 👍

WakeMeUpWhenGoodOmensIsBack · 19/06/2023 13:25

I'd say that the length in my picture is probably the longest you should go with a skirt. No tiers, frills or flounces.

KimberleyClark · 19/06/2023 13:39

As pp have said, and no bare legs if wearing a skirt or dress - they don’t look professional

gogohmm · 19/06/2023 13:47

Tailored dress and jacket or smart skirt/trousers, blouse and jacket. Court shoes or similar. The equivalent of a lounge suit in men

gogohmm · 19/06/2023 13:49

Nude tights ideally, bare legs acceptable if over 30 degrees, also no jacket if very hot, but blouse needs to be smarter if no jacket

Minikievs · 19/06/2023 13:49

GonnaGetGoingReturns · 19/06/2023 12:12

Smart I’d do work dress and jacket, tights and shoes. Smart skirt and blouse and jacket

I'd do this.
I don't think I'd do a long skirt tbh

PurplePear7 · 19/06/2023 13:54

A smart dress (possibly with black cardigan) is the easiest thing! I know both of these are out of stock but you get the gist. Make sure it’s about knee length, I would always wear nude tights too.

Flats are better than heels. These are a little expensive but are v comfy and you will be bound to get the use out of them!

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