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Andy DuFresne

It's usually advisable to wear towards the dressy side of what you would typically wear to work at the job you are applying for. That being said, I don't think shorts are ever appropriate for a job interview, but that's just me. For a female, a nice skirt that's a modest length would be perfectly acceptable. Don't wear anything too revealing or anything someone might consider offensive. You don't need to wear a business suit or slacks. Just make sure whatever you wear is clean with no holes or stains. Also, try to avoid open toe shoes or sandals and shirts with words or slogans. A nice button up blouse or a polo would be ideal. I remember applying for my first job. It was at a small hobby/pet shop. I applied one day and went back in a few day slater to check on my applications status. I got a brief interview and was hired on the spot. Thinking back, though, I may have been wearing shorts and open toed sandals, so go figure!


i used to work in a custard and grill place downtown.
and for reference, i'm female. : )

avoid open toed shoes/sandals (ballet flats > sneakers > heels)
nothing with holes/frayed ends
no nail polish & keep nails short. (no acrylic tips)
minimal jewelry on wrists/fingers
remove (or hide) any visible piercings
secure hair back, if your hair is long
chinos ("khakis" in any color)
no jeans no shorts
skirts can be great!*

*so long as they're a few inches longer than your fingertips when your arms/hands are at your sides. no bodycon minis.

also, it kind of helps if you pop back to buy a smoothie after you've applied. be super-courteous and upbeat. then, when you come in for your interview, the staff will be more likely to recall how pleasant you are, and will help push your application though.


I wouldn't wear shorts to the interview. Maybe once you get the job you can see if it's okay, but not to the interview.

Don't overdress either since, as you mentioned, it's a juice place. Khakis or black slacks are a good choice, and a button down shirt.

As for telling you do go online. Yeah, I know that's frustrating. It's probably just my prejudice, but I feel like paces that do online applications are really just saying "fuck off, we don't want to deal with you!"


Thanks for the advice! I don't have much else besides jeans or long shorts though but I'll dig through my closet to find something. Everything else I have covered.


I'd dress a lot like how the people who work there dress. A bit more formal, a bit more cloth, but generally about the same. Same goes for the shoes.


Jason Thorn

A good rule of thumb is to dress at least one level nicer than the job you are interviewing for. If you can conduct yourself in a solid, professional manner and look comfortable doing it, you increase your chances drastically.

Overly Pedantic

I would also suggest that if you go the skirt route that you wear tights or pantyhose. It's a food service place and many places like that have rules about bare legs. And it's bloody summer, too. But do it; it may be the one thing that sets you apart.

Also, see if you can borrow some things from a friend or your mum. When I was looking for my first job my mum took me out and bought me an interview outfit because all I had was jeans and t-shirts. Maybe ask your folks for the assist. It's not like you're asking for something trivial. A classic skirt or pant and a simple white blouse will be able to be used many times.


I have to disagree about the pantyhose. I would not wear pantyhose to a job interview where you make smoothies.
It strikes me as being on the same level as wearing a tie to a job interview at a smoothie place.
Honestly, to a job like that I wouldn't wear a skirt at all unless I saw other employees wearing one while working.

Auctioneer Bitch

I agree with most everyone else. Dress slightly nicer than what the people there are wearing. If they are wearing a uniform then wear something formal/dressy but not overly so. While I don't think you should wear shorts, capris/cropped pants should be fine as long as they are past your knee and then you wear some nice dress flats and a dressy shirt with them.


About the "fill out the application online" issue- I've run into that before, and I'd say the best approach is to get the name of the hiring manager (write it down) when you're physically there, if you can, then return a day or so after filling out the application and ask to speak with them, and ask whether they've seen your application yet, and if they're currently hiring, and for what positions exactly, since the website information can be a bit general (aim for off-peak hours to try to talk to them, so it's not an annoyance). Lots of places only have the one system for processing resumes, so you need to start there, but follow up in person so they know you aren't just applying blindly to anything on the internet. Then make sure to both check your phone messages and your email in the next week or two after the follow-up to make sure you don't miss a contact from them if it comes through.


JuicerGirl- first, good luck! I think everyone has touched well on how you should dress. My advice is to Google some interview tips and interview prep questions. If you can, try to tailor your searches to the food industry and fast food interviews specifically. Read through the questions and practice coming up with answers so you are prepared. Going in prepared, and able to give confident answers without much "um-ing" will boost their opinion of you.

Also put together a list of questions to ask the interviewer. Statistics show that an applicant asking questions shows a genuine interest in the company and creates a favorable opinion of the applicant. Be cautious in WHAT questions to ask, however, as certain ones can be a turnoff.

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