Is this outfit PROFESSIONAL?

Okay, I have a job interview next week at a university. I am very scared but excited and I really want this job. It is going to be a 4 hour interview with a bunch of people in the dept.

So, normally I am a ugly hot mess, a total slob. I also had a fire last year and am still mostly wearing 2nd hand and malfitting clothes, so I had nothing to actually wear if this situation arose. I don't know anything about looking nice, so I went to an Ann Taylor and had a girl pick out an outifit for me.

It's just this:

A fitted, button down white shirt, with elbow length cuffed sleeves and black pearl buttons

A camisole for underneath

Charcoal grey straight leg slacks that are the correct length.

At Penney's I just bought a pair of plain looking mary janes, flat black color, with only a 1" heel. I have big feet so I really can't wear a cute shoe or heels or anything.

I have long wavy hair, I figured that I would wear it in a braid.

Any feedback would be good. BTW, this is not the type of job where I'd need to wear a suit to work or anything like that.
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Okay, I have a job interview next week at a university. I am very scared but excited and I really want this job. It is going to be a 4 hour interview with a bunch of people in the dept.

So, normally I am a ugly hot mess, a total slob. I also had a fire last year and am still mostly wearing 2nd hand and malfitting clothes, so I had nothing to actually wear if this situation arose. I don't know anything about looking nice, so I went to an Ann Taylor and had a girl pick out an outifit for me.

It's just this:

A fitted, button down white shirt, with elbow length cuffed sleeves and black pearl buttons

A camisole for underneath

Charcoal grey straight leg slacks that are the correct length.

At Penney's I just bought a pair of plain looking mary janes, flat black color, with only a 1" heel. I have big feet so I really can't wear a cute shoe or heels or anything.

I have long wavy hair, I figured that I would wear it in a braid.

Any feedback would be good. BTW, this is not the type of job where I'd need to wear a suit to work or anything like that.
Originally Posted by TillyMunchyWaves
It sounds nice to me.
Conservative enough but not overly.
The white blouse and the charcoal slacks are classic and seem like a good outfit to wear to a University interview or any interview to me.
Mary Janes are a favorite of mine.

I wish you the best of luck!
You'll look professional and confident.
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Sounds perfect. Not too dressy and not too not dressy.
Yep remember you are in a academic crowd, so being overly conservative would not be a good thing. Your outfit sounds perfectly fine.

They tell you overdress for interviews I find that sort of not true. Aside from a uniform, I've found if you dress like those working there you subconsiously send the signal "that you fit right in".

Though do always iron clothes that need it and do make sure you are clean and smell good(though don't have a heavy perfume - I say this since some offices are small and your scent will stick around longer than you. And its not your office

Make-up - simple is best.

I wish you the best of luck
My last boss told me she picked me because my shoes were polished and that showed that I cared about looking professional...? Anyway, I think as look neat by tucking in your shirt, having pants the correct length and polished shoes, then you will be fine. Good luck!!!

PS: I have heard it said that you should never wear red to an interview because it sends the message that you want to be the boss, although I guess if you are interviewing to be the boss then its ok. Thoughts?
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Thanks alot for everyone's input, I feel better. I'm nervous enough as it is and I at least wanted to be confident in my dress.

In this position I would actually be wearing scrubs to work, for the most part, as it is in their veterinary hospital, so I was a little at a loss as to what to get.

Red for an interview? Maybe in an accessory. Red just doesn't seem like a conservative color for an interview. I remember in grade school we weren't allowed to write with red ink because it was 'disrespectful.'
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The outfit you chose sounds just right. Anything Ann Taylor is going to be classic, understated, and tasteful. It's hard to go wrong at Ann Taylor.

Good luck!!
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Sounds pefect. But please don't tuck in your shirt. Shirts today aren't cut for that anymore, they are cut to be outside because they are more fitted to a womans body and length.
Your hair would look lovely half up, I read an article about how that hairstyle gives the most professional image for intervies.
Yep remember you are in a academic crowd, so being overly conservative would not be a good thing. Your outfit sounds perfectly fine.

They tell you overdress for interviews I find that sort of not true. Aside from a uniform, I've found if you dress like those working there you subconsiously send the signal "that you fit right in".

Though do always iron clothes that need it and do make sure you are clean and smell good(though don't have a heavy perfume - I say this since some offices are small and your scent will stick around longer than you. And its not your office

Make-up - simple is best.

I wish you the best of luck
Originally Posted by PT_Cuda
Great advice!! I have a staff of about 42 and I work at a university. The words above are true! I will say that my staff is pretty business casual but not too casual. I usually dress up more than they do. There are things that just set me off in an interview--I'll be honest here:

1. Too much makeup or very weird makeup.
2. Too much cleavage
3. Too much perfume
4. Over or under dressed.

We've had some weirdly made up people. I don't personally care how someone wears make up but it doesn't fit the pattern. Too many tats will also be something that would weigh against someone. We are a very conservative university and this just doesn't work in that environment. Too much cleavage = not good. Again conservative university. Too much perfume because I am very allergic to many perfumes and I figure if you'll wear it this thick to an interview I might have to spend all my time sneezing or od'ing on allergy meds.

Over or under dressed--since we are in California I've had people show up in flip flops and khaki shorts. Underdressed. I've also had people show up in 3 piece suits with briefcases..overdressed. With the former they normally lose the interview in the beginning with something like "dude you know that the waves are *****in at 9am so, like, I can't come with some righteous surf out there man..." and the briefcase one's usually start with a sales pitch type drama right off the bat--and when asked what their aspirations are when they say my job--well while I can appreciate their achievement desires let's just say I LIKE my job and I'm not about to turn it over! ha! I'm exagerating here to get the point across.

What you've described sounds perfect to me. I'd hire you!
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I think the outfit sounds great for an interview. What about a bun instead of a braid?
Thanks Ladies this is wonderful advice.

Maybe I will do something with my hair, maybe a 1/2 up bun? That usually looks nice. I know it's a curly controversy regarding curls as professional, but in my case my hair moves all over and I touch it and arrange it alot when it's loose, and I'd rather not bring attention to myself by playing with my hair on an interview.

RE: Flip flops on interviews, tank tops, etc--I've seen this myself, I really really cannot believe people do this. Even at a veterinary level, I CRINGE when I see this. Even when people drop off resumes/applications I look them up and down, and report to my vet when he/she asks. You should at least know to look presentable even in the very preliminary stages of looking for a job. I at least took a business course in HS that was so helpful to me, we spent an entire semester on interviewing, finding jobs, applying, etc. Most HS are so crazy about academic stuff they forget to teach any practical life skills.
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Are you a student? If you are not a student and this is a real, fulltime job, I think you should wear a suit...at least some kind of jacket.

But either way, good luck!
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I've interviewed a lot of people over the years and your outfit sounds perfect. Don't forget to have tidy nails, too - attention to detail.

Good luck!


NB - the post about wearing red to interviews. I always wear red or another very strong colour, it gives me confidence.
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