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ServingSouthernComfort

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Hi All!
Well, remember our prospective employers who are flying us to interview at the B&B in another state? Seems they have family that live just up the highway from us. Go figure. (They actually had mentioned that their Aunt and Uncle, who are part owners in the inn, may ALSO want to meet with us - but since the plane reservations had been made and we had not heard any more we figured it was a no-go.) We are rather excited. It will be nice to finally have a face-to-face of some kind, even if it isn't yet with the head honchos. The Aunt and Uncle have asked us to meet them for a dinner date/interview at Tommy Bahamas at 6 tomorrow. Tommy Bahamas is semi-casual dining. The guy at the restaurant said "khakis and the such".
I gather thats the Aunt and Uncle that we will interview with are the ones with the big bucks (for all of you who had questions about how much money the people who were flying us in for the interview had) as D&D at the B&B =) said that her Aunt and Uncle are quite well off and like to go all out. It may be a good idea to keep this is mind when considering the answer to my question.
Soooo...my question is:
WHAT DO WE WEAR TO THE INTERVIEW? Do we go casual (as the restaurant suggests) or business casual? Should my D wear a sports jacket? and should he wear a tie? Do I need to wear a pant suit or dress - or can I wear slacks and blouse? Can either of us wear jeans or blue jeans skirt? or is that TOO casual for an interview. If my D and I were to simply be going to dinner at Tommy Bahamas we likely would wear nice jeans or khakis and button down shirt, but not sure for an interview.
I feel it is better to over dress than to under dress ;) but would love some in put as to what YOU think would be appropriate attire to interview in for an innkeeper position.
Thanks!
K
 

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UGH!
Surely there is someone who you know who can assist with this, we do not even know who you are. Just sayin'...
 

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Don't be someone you're not. Be yourselves, dress, what makes you comfortable. If you are worried about wearing jeans or very casual to Tommy Bahamas, and instead wear a suit/pant suit etc., then you will probably look out of place. They want to see and meet the real you. If you are down-to-earth, from the heart, then you will probably make a great first and lasting impression and the clothes won't make any difference.
 

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I would go with business casual as in a nice shirt and pants and your hubbie maybe a sport jacket-this is the norm, it may not be "you" but its not like a three piece suit. I think that if you wear something kind of nice but casual and not something that you dont already have in your closet then they can get he idea of who you are. First impressions are everything and i would definantely not wear jeans.
 

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I would say NO JEANS - otherwise whatever. Sport coat is always a good idea whether the tie is worn or not. This is billed as an interview - I would dress biz casual for an interview.
Edited to add: I do wonder that this question is even asked with all the experience you have. I am sure you have done all sortts of interviews by now.
 

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UGH!
Surely there is someone who you know who can assist with this, we do not even know who you are. Just sayin'....
Wow Joey. Blessings to you, too! It was a general question: What's appropriate to wear when interviewing for an Innkeeper job? This is our first face-to-face. We DO want to make a good impression. And yes, I could have probably just gone out there on the Internet - or called a friend - but you guys are the experts on this innkeeping stuff, so I thought I'd just ask y'all.
I don't know if this thought occurred to you, but if you didn't like the question you simply could have not bothered answering it. Instead, your reply comes off that you are attempting to make me look look foolish for asking such an asinine question and to make yourself feel/seem superior in some kind of manner. Not necessary; nor nice.
I'm just gonna write it off to you having a bad day and wish you a better one tomorrow.
 

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It is better to be a little over dressed then under. It makes you look eager. And i always feel better if I went all out versus fell a bit short. Just me talking. Good luck!
 

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UGH!
Surely there is someone who you know who can assist with this, we do not even know who you are. Just sayin'....
Wow Joey. Blessings to you, too! It was a general question: What's appropriate to wear when interviewing for an Innkeeper job? This is our first face-to-face. We DO want to make a good impression. And yes, I could have probably just gone out there on the Internet - or called a friend - but you guys are the experts on this innkeeping stuff, so I thought I'd just ask y'all.
I don't know if this thought occurred to you, but if you didn't like the question you simply could have not bothered answering it. Instead, your reply comes off that you are attempting to make me look look foolish for asking such an asinine question and to make yourself feel/seem superior in some kind of manner. Not necessary; nor nice.
I'm just gonna write it off to you having a bad day and wish you a better one tomorrow.
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I don't know if this thought occurred to you, but if you didn't like the question you simply could have not bothered answering it. Instead, your reply comes off that you are attempting to make me look look foolish for asking such an asinine question and to make yourself feel/seem superior in some kind of manner. Not necessary; nor nice.
I'm just gonna write it off to you having a bad day and wish you a better one tomorrow
Just in case anyone thinks JB asked that question, she did not. I did. Sorry Southern Comfort, but your comment about wearing jeans made me question. The thought of jeans - even if I would normally wear them somewhere - would not even have entered the picture for an interview of any kind.
 

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Business casual seems appropriate to me. Suit and tie I think would be out of place at Tommy Bahamas. Don't know what city you live in, but in most places business casual is more appropriate for such a meeting like this.
 

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no jeans, no shorts
yes, slacks or khakis
Better to overdress than under.
Good luck
=)
Kk.
 

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no jeans, no shorts
yes, slacks or khakis
Better to overdress than under.
Good luck
=)
Kk..
kakhi's, sport shirt and sports jacket for him ... he can remove the jacket if the other man is less formally dressed.
skirt or dress for her ... i like the look of a summery print with a shrug, short jacket or blazer over it. she can also dress down by removing the jacket if uncomfortably overdressed. but i don't think this will be the case.
i love jeans, but wouldn't wear them to an interview.
i prefer to be dressed 'up' for a meet and greet. i have been interviewed by people in shorts and tee shirts who couldn't care less about impressing me and that's fine ... but i felt more on top of my game when i was dressed more businesslike.
 

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no jeans, no shorts
yes, slacks or khakis
Better to overdress than under.
Good luck
=)
Kk..
kakhi's, sport shirt and sports jacket for him ... he can remove the jacket if the other man is less formally dressed.
skirt or dress for her ... i like the look of a summery print with a shrug, short jacket or blazer over it. she can also dress down by removing the jacket if uncomfortably overdressed. but i don't think this will be the case.
i love jeans, but wouldn't wear them to an interview.
i prefer to be dressed 'up' for a meet and greet. i have been interviewed by people in shorts and tee shirts who couldn't care less about impressing me and that's fine ... but i felt more on top of my game when i was dressed more businesslike.
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seashanty said:
kakhi's, sport shirt and sports jacket for him ... he can remove the jacket if the other man is less formally dressed.
skirt or dress for her ... i like the look of a summery print with a shrug, short jacket or blazer over it. she can also dress down by removing the jacket if uncomfortably overdressed. but i don't think this will be the case.
i love jeans, but wouldn't wear them to an interview.
i prefer to be dressed 'up' for a meet and greet. i have been interviewed by people in shorts and tee shirts who couldn't care less about impressing me and that's fine ... but i felt more on top of my game when i was dressed more businesslike.
Yes, that is the point. The interviewer does not need to impress the applicant. The applicant DOES need to impress the interviewer.
 

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Well, the interviewer needs to impress, at least a little. Even in today's economy, the best employees are interviewing while they're being interviewed.
=)
Kk.
 

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You didn't mention in what area of the country that you're attending this business meeting, although something may be inferred by your moniker, the y'alls in your posts, and the restaurant name. So, if you're in the South, I would have your husband wear nice, pressed khakis, casual dress shoes, a nice polo, and a sport jacket. You should probably wear a casual, modest dress, not slacks and most definitely not jeans. That would be the minimum I would think from folks with money in the South.
Best I can do since we don't really know much about you or where you'll be holding this meeting.
 

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I would say NO JEANS - otherwise whatever. Sport coat is always a good idea whether the tie is worn or not. This is billed as an interview - I would dress biz casual for an interview.
Edited to add: I do wonder that this question is even asked with all the experience you have. I am sure you have done all sortts of interviews by now..
Thanks for all the replies, everyone! I pretty much figured jeans were out - but we live such a socially casual lifestyle in this country today that sometimes dressing up jeans can be very appropriate - because of the venue I wasn't absoutely sure - and I agree that it is better beng safe than sorry with interview attire. I love jeans for her with a beautiful blouse, nice jewelry, and fabulous heals / for him a crisp buttondown with a sports jacket and dress shoes - I was not thinking of bluejeans and t-shirts, but possibly dressing them up sometimes can be just the right thing for certain events; hence, I threw bluejeans into the question.
***Gillum - I completely understood your comment about the jeans and respect your honest opinion. Thanks.***
 

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Don't be someone you're not. Be yourselves, dress, what makes you comfortable. If you are worried about wearing jeans or very casual to Tommy Bahamas, and instead wear a suit/pant suit etc., then you will probably look out of place. They want to see and meet the real you. If you are down-to-earth, from the heart, then you will probably make a great first and lasting impression and the clothes won't make any difference..
Hi Happy,
On our way to the interview, NOT wearing jeans ;) I was nervously chattering about everything I didn't want to forget....after a bit my "gentle giant" husband reached over and took my hand and said, "We just need to be ourselves. That is who they want to fill their Innkeeper position - people who are comfortable in their own skin." He is so wise. I told him that someone on the forum had given us the same advise - so THANK YOU!
Blessings!
 

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Don't be someone you're not. Be yourselves, dress, what makes you comfortable. If you are worried about wearing jeans or very casual to Tommy Bahamas, and instead wear a suit/pant suit etc., then you will probably look out of place. They want to see and meet the real you. If you are down-to-earth, from the heart, then you will probably make a great first and lasting impression and the clothes won't make any difference..
Hi Happy,
On our way to the interview, NOT wearing jeans ;) I was nervously chattering about everything I didn't want to forget....after a bit my "gentle giant" husband reached over and took my hand and said, "We just need to be ourselves. That is who they want to fill their Innkeeper position - people who are comfortable in their own skin." He is so wise. I told him that someone on the forum had given us the same advise - so THANK YOU!
Blessings!
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"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken."
:)
 

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Don't be someone you're not. Be yourselves, dress, what makes you comfortable. If you are worried about wearing jeans or very casual to Tommy Bahamas, and instead wear a suit/pant suit etc., then you will probably look out of place. They want to see and meet the real you. If you are down-to-earth, from the heart, then you will probably make a great first and lasting impression and the clothes won't make any difference..
Hi Happy,
On our way to the interview, NOT wearing jeans ;) I was nervously chattering about everything I didn't want to forget....after a bit my "gentle giant" husband reached over and took my hand and said, "We just need to be ourselves. That is who they want to fill their Innkeeper position - people who are comfortable in their own skin." He is so wise. I told him that someone on the forum had given us the same advise - so THANK YOU!
Blessings!
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"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken."
:)
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happyjacks said:
"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken."
:)

 
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