What to wear to a job interview at a restaurant

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What to wear to a job interview at a restaurant
Avoid wearing casual footwear, such as flip flops, to a job interview. (green plastic flip flops against coloured background image by Steve Johnson from Fotolia.com)

Casual, trendy, upscale or fast-food, whatever type of eatery you are applying to work at, make sure you dress professionally if you want to be considered for the job. During a job interview, the person interviewing you makes a judgment about your professional credibility and potential performance partially based on how you are dressed. Focus on conservative, business professional clothing for your interview. Even if you overdress, you will still make a positive impression.

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Suit

Even if you are applying for a job as a dishwasher, you should look your best. While a dark-coloured suit for men or women is entirely appropriate, either men or women can wear a pair of dress slacks and a button down shirt in a neutral colour, which is still professional but a bit more relaxed. If a woman wears a skirt paired with a jacket, the skirt should fall just below the knee so that it will be at a conservative length when she sits down.

Shirt

Shirts worn under suits or paired with skirts or slacks should be conservative and neutral-coloured. A shirt with a thin, coordinating pinstripe is acceptable. Avoid wearing trendy, sheer, brightly coloured or wildly patterned garments. Keep things simple so your attire is not a distraction to the interviewer. You want him to focus on you, not on brightly-coloured or busy attire, even if the restaurant is a trendy one.

Ties

Ties should be conservative, as a general rule. Pick one in a neutral colour that coordinates with your suit and shirt. If the tie has a pattern, make sure it is understated. If you wear a button-down shirt and slacks, you can opt for a tie or not. If you are unsure how to dress, choose to wear a tie. You might be overdressed for the job you are applying for, but you will not make a negative impression as you would if you were dressed too casually.

Shoes

Shoes should be in good repair. Choose a neutral shade and ensure the shoes are free of dust, dirt and scuffs. Men and women should always choose close-toed shoes, and women should not wear a heel that exceeds more than two inches. Flats are acceptable. Absolutely no flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes or beach shoes should be worn to a restaurant interview, even in the most casual of environments.

Miscellaneous

Whether you are a man or woman, you should be well groomed. If you plan on working in a restaurant, good hygiene is a must. Make sure you are bathed and have applied deodorant and brushed your teeth. Your hair should be neatly styled and your fingernails should be clean and trimmed. Keep jewellery to a minimum and avoid perfumes or colognes in case your interviewer is sensitive to fragrances. Don't chew gum. Make sure your clothes are neatly pressed.

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