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Old 08-19-2008, 06:45 PM   #1
 
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Default Would you wear a dress like this to a job interview?

For a professional position?


The one I have doesn't have such a deep neckline, it's short sleeved and is lilac not teal.
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:47 PM   #2
 
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If the neckline were professional, at least based on that picture (not seeing the material up close) I would for a non-formal position. Possibly with a black jacket over it.
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:49 PM   #3
 
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It depends on the profession and the job. I am in a creative field and can get away with [and am expected to] dress a little more interestingly. So I would totally wear that to an interview [ETA: with the mods as mentioned in the OP. Never in a million years with the neckline as pictured.]

But for an upper management position, or a position in finance? No.

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No. Too much cleavage in my opinion.
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Old 08-19-2008, 07:34 PM   #5
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No. I'm strictly a black pants and a conservative button up kind of girl for interviews.
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No. I only wear suits to interviews.
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No.
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No.
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Old 08-19-2008, 07:47 PM   #9
 
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No. The dress is nice but I would never wear anything but black, dark gray, or navy blue to an interview.
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The neckline is the only thing that bothers me. It looks like the model is wearing a push-up bra, but if you wore different undergarments that allowed the neckline to lay flat against your chest, I think it could pass.
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I wouldnt. I too only wear suits for job interviews. If the position allows for creativity, then I wear a cool top or stylish accesories.

It really depends on what you are interviewing for. What is the position?
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Only if:

1) The v-neckline is such that there is not even a HINT of cleavage (I'm conservative about that for an interview; less so once holding the job).

2) You add a jacket.

3) The lilac color you mention isn't too pastel-ly. I have a definite color bias when it comes to interviews -- a brighter blue might be ok, but lilac just seems iffier. Not sure why. Maybe I just feel that interview colors should either be dark (navy, brown, black) or bold (royal blue, emerald green, red)?

So much depends upon particular work contexts, though, so it's hard to say for sure.

Good luck with the interview!
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A dress is a good interview option if paired with a jacket/blazer. This one is too low cut. Perhaps a scarf? The blue is a good interview color, but lilac may position you as too "soft."
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i hate to guano this thread but is a suit considered standard interview attire?

ive never had an office job, and pray to the good Lord that i never will, but i had no idea that this was common knowledge. ive never even owned a suit in my entire life. to me that dress looks soooo conservative, but i could see how the neckline could be inappropriate. kind of. im waaaaayyy out of the loop!
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You said the neckline isn't that low, so I would say yes. I have worked for banks & finance companies & I wouldn't have a problem with the dress. I definitely like it better then the black or navy pantsuits that so many women wear to try to look like a man.
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i hate to guano this thread but is a suit considered standard interview attire?

ive never had an office job, and pray to the good Lord that i never will, but i had no idea that this was common knowledge. ive never even owned a suit in my entire life. to me that dress looks soooo conservative, but i could see how the neckline could be inappropriate. kind of. im waaaaayyy out of the loop!
Yes a suit is definitely considered standard interview attire. And if you don't own a suit, then a (knee-length) skirt or dressy pants with a conservative blouse is a suitable option. In some industries, you can be a little less conservative and show more style, but for an office job, I'd err on the side of conservative.


To the OP, I wouldn't do the dress in that pic or the one you're describing. I agree with SBB that lilac could be seen as too soft. In a different color and with a matching jacket (not low-cut like the pic), maybe.
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I definitely like it better then the black or navy pantsuits that so many women wear to try to look like a man.
It's not about looking like a man. It's about maintaining a uniform, expected look that places emphasis on your skills and performance instead of your gender or individuality of dress (think of some rationales for school uniforms). Of course, women are going to look different than men in pantsuits, especially depending on age, weight/figure, hair, accessories, etc..
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Curls On Holiday, I can't believe you aren't agreeing with me. I'm so disappointed.
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Curls On Holiday, I can't believe you aren't agreeing with me. I'm so disappointed.
LOL. I just shrieked with laughter!

I love clothes and love to dress up and look great, playing up my gender. It's just that I am a very strong believer in dressing appropriately for work (and of course for interviews where you are making a critical first impression on people who don't know you). I dress up at other opportunities
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Curls On Holiday, I can't believe you aren't agreeing with me. I'm so disappointed.
LOL. I just shrieked with laughter!

I love clothes and love to dress up and look great, playing up my gender. It's just that I am a very strong believer in dressing appropriately for work (and of course for interviews where you are making a critical first impression on people who don't know you). I dress up at other opportunities
I just don't know if we can be friends any longer.
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