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I’m a young female looking for a job in England this August. Does anyone have suggestions for the type of clothes to wear for interviews? Hospitality, service, restaurant jobs are a few that I am considering applying for.

I have a few long-sleeve white collared shirts, solid colored knee-length skirts and a pair of black dress pants. As for shoes, I have a pair of brown leather ones, with decent looking shoelaces. I think they’ll pass, but they won’t match with the skirts..so I’m considering buying something like &quotumps"..which I’m not quite comfortable in because they’re for older, businesswomen. Are heels less than 3 inches acceptable?

Thanks in advance, Monica

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What you have got seems ok to me, trust me, wearing shoes with less than a 3 inch heel is sensible in London, you do alot of walking around in them, especially for hospitality jobs, so you should be ok, if you still feel uncomfortable, you can always buy a cheap pair just for the interviews, but you should be fine
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Plain coloured Jacket, similar skirt or trousers, white blouse, clean leather shoes.

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is a jacket necessary? I have a black cardigan (no collars).

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Jackets are better than cardigans, esp. if you go for an office job. Your best bet is to buy a cheap (but not cheap-looking) skirt or trouser suit and team it with a plain top or shirt and matching pumps or trouser shoes (like cut off boots, IYKWIM).

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If you came to us for a job interview as a mountain guide trekking shoes and a polartec coat are perfect

All best,
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I’m a young female looking for a job in England this August. Does anyone have suggestions for the type of clothes to wear for interviews? Hospitality, service, restaurant jobs are a few that I am considering applying for.

As much cleavage as possible.

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This only works if the person recruiting is a heterosexual man (and even then it’s debatable) – unless you’re looking for work in a strip club. If the recruiter is a woman, you can kiss your chances of getting the job goodbye.

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Oh, come on Tinsie it was just a joke.

On the other hand if you did have a woman interviewing and she was a dyke it might work out in one’s favour.

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I once interviewed a lady who came dressed in a red skirt suit (short skirt), lots of cleavage, fishnet tights and stiletto heels. Not sure if she thought I was a dyke…

Unfortunately for her, I’m not a dyke, neither was my colleague who interviewed with me, and we weren’t interviewing for a porn movie, so basically she’d lost her chance of a job as soon as I took 1 look at her.

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Thank you for that. You made my day!!!!

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Any time!

I love telling this story – imagine what I was like on the day: it was one of these experiences when you’re thinking: "this can’t be happening" and you blink, but it doesn’t go away! Red suit, cleavage, fishnet tights and stiletto heels – I ask you!!!

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What is it that you do Tinsie that this ‘woman’ figured that was the appropriate attire. Just curious. Some people, huh?

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This lady was applying to work as a Trainer in a very traditional, male dominated industry.

What possessed her to dress like that, I will never know…