Dress For Success At Your Interview And Get The Job

As September arrives and we say goodbye to summer, many of us start to reevaluate our lives.  I suppose it’s because we remember the excitement of starting a new school term.  Life has the same feel, doesn’t it?

If you’re looking for a new job or you’re a student about to take your first step on the career ladder, you’ll be busy sharpening your CV and crossing your fingers that you’ll get an interview.

win a suit - suited man's outstretched hand for a handshake

One of the most important things to remember is that first impressions really do count.  I know from my days interviewing that, very often, I knew how a candidate was going to perform from the moment they stepped through the door.  And how you look is crucial.

So, whatever your gender, here are three tips to dress for success in your next interview.

Dress for the role you are going for

If you’re interviewing for a fashion or a creative position then you can step outside of the traditional suit. And if you’re dressing for a non-managerial role then you may be able to go without the suit coat – a pair of slacks, a button up shirt and a tie are likely acceptable.

However, it’s always a good idea, if you’re undecided to overdress for your interview rather than underdress. A suit will always look better than jeans.

Traditional interview wear includes suit trousers or a skirt in a neutral colour, a button-down blouse or shirt, a tie if you’re a male, and a suit coat.

Conceal your body art

This is a tricky one. For some, body art like tattoos and piercings are the way they choose to express themselves. Many companies understand this and they may be perfectly acceptable to have them on show once you have the job. However, when you’re interviewing for a job you may be better off keeping these covered.

Remove your piercings and cover your tattoos if possible. It may also be a good idea to review the company policy on body art so if you do get the job, you show up for work dressed appropriately.

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Pay attention to your personal hygiene

Always take the time to shower, shave and present yourself to the interviewer at your personal best. Clean nails, brushed teeth and hair and clean clothes are imperative. It’s also important to make sure you don’t have any body odour.

Skip the perfume and cologne as well. Or if you must wear it, use it sparingly. Some people are sensitive to fragrances and too much can make them feel ill. Certainly not what you want them to remember you for.

Less is more when you’re wearing jewellery, makeup or doing your hair too. You want to look, clean, groomed and professional for your job interview. Save the personal expression for other times.

Win a suit - bearded man shaking another man's hand across a desk

Looking your best and dressing for success helps you position yourself positively in your interviewer’s mind. Make sure your first impression represents you in the best light.

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  2. Hannah Thompson
    24 August, 2018 / 11:48 pm

    Why do you want this job, do you realise you’re over qualified

  3. mary chez
    24 August, 2018 / 11:35 pm

    I ‘m a non smoker….so how would you sell me this ashtray ?

  4. chris bull
    24 August, 2018 / 11:03 pm

    Why should we offer you this job?

  5. JUDITH LUSCOMBE
    24 August, 2018 / 10:49 pm

    “What is 18 x 18 omg my mind went blank and I had no idea.

  6. Adrian Bold
    24 August, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    I hate curveball questions like “If you were an animal, what kind would you be?” and “If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 items would you take”.

  7. Emma Beckett
    24 August, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    “Will you be able to work Saturdays if you enjoy watching rugby?” Ummm…yes, I know how to prioritise!

  8. Robyn Clarke
    24 August, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    What did you dislike about your previous colleagues?

  9. Deborah Hambleton
    24 August, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    When I was a bit younger I got asked if I was planning on having any children!

  10. kate m jones
    24 August, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    My worst interview question ever was have you ever been an addict……for a finance job ? I literally chocked on my words, I had no idea what to say!

  11. Hannah Scudder
    24 August, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    What is your biggest weakness?-I never know how to answer!

  12. Karen dixon
    24 August, 2018 / 6:23 pm

    I hate when they ask you what’s your strengths and weaknesses??? I always go blanks and then try to make a joke of it…

  13. carol boffey
    24 August, 2018 / 6:01 pm

    how would you handle bullying

  14. amanda greensmith
    24 August, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    i see your engaged do you plan on having children and if so will you still put the company first

  15. laura stewart
    24 August, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    would you like to work with us/

  16. Liz T
    24 August, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    In the 1980’s. Will you be getting married and having children?

  17. Margaret Jones
    24 August, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    No experience. How are you supposed to get experience if firms say this to you. Idiotic!

  18. Margaret Jones
    24 August, 2018 / 2:46 pm

    No experience! Everyone has to start somewhere to get themselves some experience.

  19. Ben Whitmarsh-Knight
    24 August, 2018 / 2:43 pm

    Don’t you worry about getting bored?
    Suits are awesome.

  20. Heli L
    24 August, 2018 / 2:10 pm

    Why wouldn’t you want to work at our other store closer to your home? Errrr. Because that store has been closed down. ( Not according to my interviewer even though I knew it was as I walked past it every day. Obviously I wasn’t persuasive enough to make him understand that I was, in fact, telling the truth!)

  21. debbie jayne davies
    24 August, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    I was once asked if i am conscientious and didnt know what that meant so i guessed that it meant self consious so replied “no not really” I was mortified when i looked up the meaning after. needless to say i didnt get the job.

  22. Gavin Bell
    24 August, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    Nice suits

  23. charlotte wilde
    24 August, 2018 / 11:57 am

    How far away do you live? I think you will get fed up travelling here!

  24. Stephanie Ann
    24 August, 2018 / 11:23 am

    awesome

  25. Jordan Bentley
    24 August, 2018 / 11:20 am

    “Why did you leave your last job?” – such a difficult question to answer positively and truthfully!

  26. Harry Truss
    24 August, 2018 / 11:02 am

    “If you were an animal, what would you be and why?” – interviewing for customer service role at ZSL. Wasn’t expecting it and threw me off a bit!

  27. Paul Meulen
    24 August, 2018 / 10:03 am

    What are your weaknesses?

  28. Kathryn Cox
    24 August, 2018 / 9:52 am

    Do you plan to have anymore children!! That was a question some years ago…..they wouldn’t get away with it nowadays

  29. Verity Evans
    24 August, 2018 / 12:39 am

    What experience do you have in this field.
    When it’s my first job from school

  30. Andrzej Szymanski
    24 August, 2018 / 12:35 am

    If you were an animal, what would you be?

  31. LP Mulligan
    23 August, 2018 / 11:24 pm

    Tell us about yourself ….it’s silly when they have the details in front of them!

  32. A S,Edinburgh
    23 August, 2018 / 10:37 pm

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  33. Mark T
    23 August, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    What are your weaknesses? Hate this question

  34. Chris Allen
    23 August, 2018 / 9:55 pm

    Tell me a time you worked within a team just so you can recite the boring pre-drafted answer of a scenario.

  35. Sophie Marie Cartwright
    23 August, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    Would you be happy to do unpaid over time? … So awkward, say yes and you know whats coming if you get the job, say no & you dont get the chance to find out whats coming 😉 I didnt pursue the job anyway!

  36. Daniel
    23 August, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    ‘Have you ever been drunk at work’..

  37. sharon martin
    23 August, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    The one i hated was the What is your biggest weakness? question

  38. janine atkin
    23 August, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    i was asked to sing a song!!

  39. Anthea Holloway
    23 August, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    What is your opinion of this company and how could we improve?

  40. Laura Pritchard
    23 August, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    Can you drive? (it was the first question and instantly created issues when I said no!! – still got the job though!!)

  41. Robyn S
    23 August, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    Would you be willing to change a lightbulb?

  42. olivia Kirby
    23 August, 2018 / 6:22 pm

    I haven’t been for many interviews and I have always jut been asked normal questions

  43. jacqui graham
    23 August, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    What can you bring to this job – that the other candidates do not have.

  44. Rebecca Whatmore @0zzyhog
    23 August, 2018 / 4:52 pm

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  45. Rebecca Whatmore @0zzyhog
    23 August, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    What are your weaknesses – you have to think of something that isn’t too bad and then turn it around so it sounds positive!

  46. Gustavo
    23 August, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    How do you see yourself in five years time? No idea on how to answer that question

  47. Tracey Mitchell
    23 August, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    The usual question why do you want this job.

  48. Nancy Bradford
    23 August, 2018 / 3:04 pm

    I was asked what I would be prepared to do to prove how much I wanted the job once.

  49. 23 August, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    Being interviewed for my first job as a music teacher I was asked how I would teach a class to write a fanfare, but being nervous and extremely confused I stood up, made a trumpet shape around my mouth and hummed a fanfare. I felt a total idiot when the question was repeated but somehow managed to get the job!

  50. Allan Wilson
    23 August, 2018 / 11:55 am

    I detest the – and have you any questions for us?

  51. Christopher Podmore-Stiles
    23 August, 2018 / 10:57 am

    Just the usual ones, but it is always interesting when you get a curve ball thrown in there

  52. 23 August, 2018 / 8:15 am

    I’ve been asked questions about being over qualified for the job which I find really difficult to answer.

  53. Phil Darling
    23 August, 2018 / 6:55 am

    What are you doing here? I said I didn’t know – so left

  54. maria
    23 August, 2018 / 4:28 am

    The worst was have you got any health problems because you have a bit of an echo in your voice.. wtf kind of stupid question was that. It actually really annoyed me as I have a lisp and my interviewer was trying to associate that with having a medical problem

  55. Mike Powell
    22 August, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    where do you see your self in five years time? Five years older!

  56. christine westlake
    22 August, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    will you still volunteer here if we give you the job- duhh no !

  57. Rebecca Barnes
    22 August, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    I once got asked if I’d read the job description..?! (Not sarcastically)

  58. Sammi McSporran
    22 August, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    Worst question I’ve been asked was whether I’d be wearing that much makeup to work every day. I was so embarrassed!

  59. Rachell Lynch
    22 August, 2018 / 1:30 pm

    hiw will you manage having children and working!?!

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  61. greig alan james spencer
    22 August, 2018 / 9:16 am

    what are your strengths and weaknesses?

  62. Christopher Read
    22 August, 2018 / 12:39 am

    What do you think you would find most challenging about this job?

  63. Alan Bevan
    22 August, 2018 / 12:11 am

    It says in your CV that you are quick at maths. What is 27 x 59?

    36

    That’s not even close!

    But it was quick…

  64. lucy beckett
    21 August, 2018 / 10:38 pm

    if you were a fruit what fruit would you be….. seriously ..

  65. Tania Atfield
    21 August, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    I’ve had the I think you’ll get bored in this role and how will I keep myself motivated

  66. Jessi
    21 August, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    I hate being asked ‘why do you want this job’ urm to pay my bills really

  67. stephanie crowder
    21 August, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    “What is your least favourite thing about humanity?”
    I would love to win this to get my dad a new suit for my graduation 🙂

  68. Emily OMara
    21 August, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    What was the worst thing about your last role – could think of many things but had to lie and say I hated the quiet periods as like to keep busy – haa!

  69. Karen Howden
    21 August, 2018 / 9:46 am

    I find all questions difficult but one especially the ones about strengths and weaknesses

  70. tina Glover
    21 August, 2018 / 7:20 am

    I cant think of any really awful questions Ive been asked but i’m not keen on things like “what makes you stand out for this post and what qualities do you have that others don’t!”

  71. Kirsty Jackson
    20 August, 2018 / 10:26 pm

    The worst interview question I have ever been asked is… If you were a biscuit, what would you be any why?

  72. Hazel Murphy
    20 August, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    Why do you want this job ? Awful question , shouldn’t be allowed.

  73. Zoey P
    20 August, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    If you were an animal what would you be

  74. Sharon powell
    20 August, 2018 / 6:19 pm

    Hmm I’m not sure. I always hate “why do you want this job?” Because sometimes it’s more a job you need than want.

  75. Stephen Harris
    20 August, 2018 / 5:17 pm

    As a full time dad for the last 6 years trying to find work, my worst question is what have you been doing for the last few years ?. A lot of people don’t realise stay at home dad is a full job in itself

  76. sheri Darby
    20 August, 2018 / 5:09 pm

    What do you see yourself doing in a year’s time

  77. Amy Pest
    20 August, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    what hobbies do you have

  78. Sarah Cooper
    19 August, 2018 / 11:27 pm

    Haven’t been asked any bad ones.

  79. Marie Rungapadiachy
    19 August, 2018 / 10:37 pm

    I was asked when I was getting a part time job when I was at Uni if I would go out on a date with the interviewer. What a way to put you on the spot. I didn’t pursue the job after that.

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    19 August, 2018 / 9:42 pm

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  81. Tracey S Anderson
    19 August, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    Are you sure are financially prepared for travel expenses to get you from and to the job??? I was absolutely swayed with this question as i couldn’t see any relevance it had to the position, especially as it was only a 4 mile journey to and from my home

  82. Holly carter
    19 August, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    Why should we hire you? Hate that question!

  83. Kate Fox-Pope
    19 August, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    most questions asked in interviews are redundant. much better to give everyone a day’s work to see what they’re like!

  84. Helen newton
    19 August, 2018 / 8:11 am

    What are your strengths and weaknesses ( hate this one when been asked)

  85. paula cheadle
    19 August, 2018 / 12:00 am

    why do you want this job, it’s poorly paid and s*** hours

  86. Romana Richards
    18 August, 2018 / 6:09 pm

    My son does all this but just needs the right sort of job to come up to make the most of his Eng Lang/Lit degree. Meanwhile, working in cinema and coffee shop to make ends meet.

  87. Susan Naylor
    18 August, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    What do you think you could add to this team? I hate interviews and am not very good at them.

  88. Julie Edwards
    18 August, 2018 / 11:37 am

    What are your strengths and weaknesses? I could spend all day listing my weaknesses lol

  89. 17 August, 2018 / 11:40 pm

    I got asked about something difficult I had overcome and I ended up getting a bit emotional over that by giving an example in my home life.

  90. Gemma Shonfeld
    17 August, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    what my biggest challenge in the role would be

  91. Stef Acaster
    16 August, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    Where do you see yourself in five years?

  92. Tina H
    16 August, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    ‘Do you know what a macro is?’ I said yes even though I didn’t and then cringed when they asked me to explain…

  93. Rebecca Smith
    16 August, 2018 / 8:34 am

    Aren’t you too qualified for this job

  94. Sarah Fielding
    15 August, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    What makes you better than the person that I just interviewed? Awkwaaaaard

  95. Karen Barrett
    15 August, 2018 / 3:04 pm

    What three items would you take want on a dessert island! Rubbish answer but got the job, when I was interviewing needless to say I never asked that question.

  96. Joe smith
    13 August, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    ‘What can you bring to this job?’ For a newspaper round when I was 13! Ummm my bike?

  97. Claire Woods
    12 August, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    What are your weakness’s is a tricky one to answer.

  98. Tess D
    12 August, 2018 / 11:25 am

    What’s your worst attribute /part of your personality ? as if anyone is going to answer that honestly – I’m a workshy compulsive liar is never going to be the answer to that one 🙂

  99. Rebecca Aston
    11 August, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    If you were on a desert island what item would you want.

  100. Chris Williams
    11 August, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    Tell me about a time when you went completely above and beyond what was expected of you

  101. Michelle mccall
    11 August, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    I hate when they ask “so what do you weaknesses ? ” As if anyone is really gonna be honest & rhmye off all the worst things about them lol

  102. Liam
    10 August, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    “If you could be a fruit, what fruit would you be?” – How do you even answer that??

  103. Maria Hackett
    9 August, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    I can’t remember the name, it was a local restaurant and when i went for the interview the guy said I’m not paying the minimum wage. i was like ‘oh no’ i didn’t get the job, i wasn’t disappointed either. lol

  104. Christina Palmer
    9 August, 2018 / 11:03 am

    At an interview in the 1980’s I was asked what is The Channel Tunnel. I really must have looked amused as I really did think it was a trick question.They proceeded to say this is not a trick question so I explained what it was and where it went from and to. Afterwards they said it was surprising how many candidates didn’t know the answer. How that question was even relevant to they job interview is still beyond me but I did get the job .

  105. Pete B
    8 August, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    “..Sorry, why are you here?” I’d turned up on the wrong day. Whoops.

  106. Penny Lane
    8 August, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    I was asked ‘What does your father do?’, which is SO irrelevant and also potentially breaks a lot of HR protocol (lol).

  107. Victoria Worthington
    8 August, 2018 / 2:02 pm

    I’ve been in my job for 15yrs, so don’t remember specific questions, just the anxiety and sweating profusely!

  108. Susan Trubey
    8 August, 2018 / 9:12 am

    Who takes care of your children when you are working?

  109. Matt Overton
    6 August, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    “Where do you see youself in 5 years time?”
    Uh, your job?! Sitting on a beach having won euromillions, and not having to work for you? How exactly does this question qualify me to do the job you’ve advertised???! 😀

  110. Herbert Appleby
    6 August, 2018 / 4:40 pm

    What is your biggest weakness?

  111. Lorraine Mabbitt
    6 August, 2018 / 7:37 am

    I hate the questions “ what are you negative qualities”

  112. Robert Price
    5 August, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    Why don’t you deserve the job?

  113. Robert Price
    5 August, 2018 / 1:57 pm

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  114. 3 August, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    I’ve never really experienced a worst interview question, I got the first job I was interviewed for and I’m still there now.

  115. 1 August, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    I always found the “Why do you want this job?” hard to answer….
    My gut says because I want the money but that is not the right thing to say. lol

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  117. Ashleigh Allan
    1 August, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    What’s your biggest weakness

  118. stacey turner
    31 July, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    If you were an animal, which animal would you be and why?
    CRINGE

  119. Lorna Ledger
    31 July, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    I’ve had the overqualified thing too! I had been off for 5 years just to major surgery, and was just desperate for someone to employ me, and it was soooo hard!

  120. Kim Styles
    31 July, 2018 / 6:22 pm

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  121. Kim Styles
    31 July, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    The question what are your weaknesses- like I am going to say !!!

  122. Elzbieta Znyk
    31 July, 2018 / 12:49 pm

    Why do you want the job? Because I need money to pay the bills!

  123. Ruth Harwood
    31 July, 2018 / 10:31 am

    Well, that would depend on whether you can count the time my mum phoned in the middle of the interview and they asked why she was phoning! ‘Oh, just for a chat’ she tells me!! Could’ve shot her lol!

  124. Yvonne Ritchie
    31 July, 2018 / 9:59 am

    Great competition would love to treat my man as he has been so amazing lately dealing with all my health issues

  125. Steph Green
    31 July, 2018 / 9:57 am

    So cool Wow Just Wow

  126. John Tracey
    30 July, 2018 / 10:58 pm

    What do you know about computers?

    CAMMANNNNNN!

  127. Holly Thompson
    30 July, 2018 / 10:32 pm

    ‘Why haven’t you gone to university when you have such good grades?’ hate that question because I don’t see why someone should feel they have to go to uni yet, and I don’t think it’s something you should have to justify if a degree isn’t a requirement for the job!

  128. Sally Rowland
    30 July, 2018 / 9:56 pm

    What are your weaknesses? I don’t want to tell you that!

  129. Sarah Courtney
    30 July, 2018 / 6:22 pm

    Had to to a test as soon as i arrived then an interview nearly 2 hours then i was told sorry you are to qualified, and the fear is you will end up handing in your notice and leaving us within weeks.

  130. 30 July, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    I was once asked, Are you sure you want this job? Like they were trying to put me off lol

  131. Emma C
    30 July, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    What is your superpower (not sure how that helps them assess my ability to do the job!!)

  132. jo liddement
    30 July, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    Probably when i was asked if i had experience of doing the job that i had applied for. I was only 18 at the time and had just left college and had no experience.

  133. Christopher Beel
    30 July, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    What an excellent giveaway. Thanks.

  134. nicola rupawala
    30 July, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    Which animal are you most like…

  135. jules Eley
    30 July, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    Where do you see yourself in 10 years time ? I mean what is the correct answer ? Awful question!

  136. Tom Naughton
    30 July, 2018 / 10:30 am

    Dress for the job you want, not the one you’ve got

  137. jacqui rushton
    30 July, 2018 / 3:01 am

    If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?!

  138. Jo Hutchings
    29 July, 2018 / 8:29 pm

    ‘How much ice-cream do you think they eat in France in a year?’ I think they were trying to test my ability to think on my feet!

  139. john prendergast
    29 July, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    Why do you want to work here

  140. Jayne Townson
    29 July, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    I was 18 and I got asked where did I see myself in 5 years, I didn’t have a clue.

  141. Allen Hall
    29 July, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    Why are you applying for this post, your over qualified and frankly I’d feel threatened by your experience.

  142. Natalie Crossan
    29 July, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    What is your worst skill?
    Ummm… why are you asking me this in an interview lol x

  143. 29 July, 2018 / 5:53 pm

    One thing I say is always try to show your hands when speaking to someone – especially in an interview situation.

  144. Vincent Gerspach
    29 July, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    Can you work on weekends or at night? ..

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  146. Stevey H
    29 July, 2018 / 10:19 am

    What are your strengths and weaknesses? (Conscientious, chocolate!)

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  148. Susie Wilkinson
    29 July, 2018 / 1:11 am

    Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? I don’t know what I’m doing next week, let alone 5 years time!

  149. 28 July, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    why do you want the job?? because I want the money obvs. Having to make something up can be annoying lol

  150. Scott
    28 July, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    Amazing

  151. Helen Moulden
    28 July, 2018 / 6:15 pm

    If you were a shape, what shape would you be and why? Needless to say I was stumped!

  152. Graham Wright
    28 July, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    These are the greatest styles of clothing that I have seen in a very long time

  153. Nigel Soulsby
    28 July, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    “You do know as part of your duties you’ll be cleaning the toilets” ,This was when i applied for a job as a delivery driver for a well know suite company as a youngster I just nodded,but turned the job down when it was offered.There was no mention of cleaning the depot toilets in the advert.

  154. Liam Fitzpatrick
    28 July, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    “So you said you like poker in your CV, how much have you made in your life and would it affect you performing the job?”

  155. Keith W
    28 July, 2018 / 9:09 am

    I hate the “where do you see yourself in x years time”, the answer is generally not working for the person who asked the stupid question!

  156. ANDREW ROWLANDS
    28 July, 2018 / 9:05 am

    VERY NICE

  157. Fay
    27 July, 2018 / 10:57 pm

    I was once asked ‘what is your weakness’ to which I replied ‘chocolate cake!’ Hahaha

  158. Cat
    27 July, 2018 / 10:44 pm

    What is your least favourite animal and why ? This job has no animals involved they warted a question to throw me off balance and see if I could give a humourous response

  159. Dean T
    27 July, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    ”why havent you two got married yet ….” …. meeeh working on it, working on it …

  160. Nicki Simpson
    27 July, 2018 / 10:10 pm

    I was once asked what my bad points were….I couldn’t think of anything to say…..What a question!

  161. Sarah Morris
    27 July, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    Why do you want this job , hate that question

  162. James C
    27 July, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    ‘Describe this muffin on a chair’… too obscure

  163. Sheena Batey
    27 July, 2018 / 6:23 pm

    The in a given scenario how would you deal with …… always horrible

  164. Ren Taylor
    27 July, 2018 / 4:15 pm

    I was asked once how I would feel about working for a younger manager….hated that question as i had not expected it @

  165. Chris Andrews
    27 July, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? hmpf . . . l’m not a fortune teller hmpf

  166. Lynn Neal
    27 July, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    That old one about where you see yourself in 10 years time!

  167. Karen Worrall
    27 July, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    What are your weaknesses?!! ?

  168. AMANDA W
    27 July, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    the worst question for me is always the “whats your top and worst qualities”.
    i hate that one!!!

  169. Dale Dow
    27 July, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    I hate when they ask, where do you see yourself in 5 years time? I don’t know!!

  170. Isabell Whitenstall
    27 July, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    I was once asked : What was the worst thing you have ever done”. Is there any correct answer to that?

  171. Sandra Fortune
    27 July, 2018 / 9:32 am

    Are you prepared to work weekends and overtime

  172. Leila Benhamida
    27 July, 2018 / 8:10 am

    How would I rate my hygiene?

  173. Kelly Hirst
    27 July, 2018 / 7:53 am

    I was asked if I was planning on having anymore children – totally irrelevant to the job role and obviously wanted to see if they’d be likely to have to pay maternity pay in the future!

  174. Kat Lucas
    27 July, 2018 / 4:29 am

    If you could be any animal, what kind of animal would you be….

  175. JaSh
    27 July, 2018 / 2:28 am

    ‘What do you think you could bring to this job?’ I know they want positivity and energy etc etc but I just think ‘Well, I’ll do the work and get the job done.’ I never say it though!

  176. Margaret Gallagher
    27 July, 2018 / 2:09 am

    Tell me something UNIQUE that ypu have mastered in the past 5 years – totally threw me

  177. Alice Gilkes
    27 July, 2018 / 1:53 am

    Why do you want this job?

  178. 27 July, 2018 / 12:11 am

    ‘Try and sell me this stapler.’ The job in no way involved office supplies or hard sell…

  179. Nigel Soper
    27 July, 2018 / 12:09 am

    Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? The truthful answer should be -“doing your job”

  180. Sarah Mackay
    26 July, 2018 / 10:38 pm

    If you were a vegetable, what vegetable would you be?

  181. A S,Edinburgh
    26 July, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    I’ve been lucky, I’ve only ever been asked the usual predictable ones that you can prepare for beforehand. But I still find them stressful, as I’m very direct, and they’re all basically code for something else!

  182. Theresa
    26 July, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    Tell me why you want to work for us!?? Awww This suit would be perfect for my partner

  183. Angie McDonald
    26 July, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    ‘IF you aren’t with us in 5 years time – what do trout think you’ll be doing?’ I haven’t even been tried yet and feel like I’ve already been fired and out the door to find something else in the next 5 years!

  184. Pam Francis Gregory
    26 July, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    Commented on Quick & Easy Thirst-Quenching Watermelon & Feta Salad Recipe

  185. Pam Francis Gregory
    26 July, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    “Please sell me this pencil” when applying for a customer service role

  186. Solange
    26 July, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    Tell me what you think about the individuals you just met with?

  187. Ian F
    26 July, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    Give an example of an occasion where you successfully used technology to solve a problem

  188. Susan B
    26 July, 2018 / 6:41 pm

    ‘What would you do if …’ questions which are dumb as you can say anything, true or untrue. They should be phrased: ‘Tell me about an occasion on which you …’

  189. Amandeep Sibia
    26 July, 2018 / 6:19 pm

    ‘Why do you want this job?’ I hate it when I’m asked this.

  190. Katie
    26 July, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    I also was made cry by a temp agency and a well known employer… I have epilepsy with seizures caused by tiredness. Epilepsy is a disability and employers have to make reasonable adjustments. They wouldn’t do this by letting me work set shifts because they “already had someone there with epilepsy working shifts and they were fine”…

  191. Katie
    26 July, 2018 / 5:41 pm

    “is that all you did?” when I’d done exactly the same role previously…

  192. Sue McCarthy
    26 July, 2018 / 5:34 pm

    The one I remember most was during my very first interview for an office junior job in an advocate’s office, when I was 16. I got a Grade A Food & Nutrition O Level and the interviewer asked if I wanted to be a chef. No. Are you sure you don’t want to be a chef? No I don’t want to be a chef. He did go on about it a bit!

  193. lugworm
    26 July, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    Do you smoke? It wont work if you are one of those do gooder, non smoker nazis as we all smoke. I don’t and left the interview!

  194. Rachel Craig
    26 July, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    Why do you want the job? So many answers / reasons I could have given. Would think :- What do they want me to say, thought they wanted to be told they were a great company to work for. So would try and reply with anything and everything positive I had heard about in regards to the Company / Organisation.

    When really I was desperate to work, I had been brought up with such a strong work ethic type of philosophy by family.

  195. Stewart Smith-Langridge
    26 July, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    [In the 1980s for a job offering just £4.5k] Margaret Thatcher wants to cut £1m from library budgets; what would you say to her to dissuade her from making these cuts?

  196. Lucy
    26 July, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    I hate the one of who would you ask to a dinner party – I never know and feel like nothing is a good answer!

  197. kev banham
    26 July, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    Do you work weekends lol

  198. Tony Metcalfe
    26 July, 2018 / 3:08 pm

    At an interview for a job at the local Tax office, being asked why I wanted the job, because, I was told, I was far too qualified and would find the work very boring and soon want to leave.

  199. mick proctor
    26 July, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    Is a jaffa cake a cake or a biscuit ? I didnt get the job..

    • Sue McCarthy
      26 July, 2018 / 5:35 pm

      What a ridiculous question!

  200. Stephanie Coals
    26 July, 2018 / 2:19 pm

    Why are you applying at this company when you’re capable of a better position elsewhere?. I fumbled a bit and went on about the benefits of that particular company over the others and it must have worked, because I was offered the job!

  201. pete c
    26 July, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    What kind of business would you run if you were self-employed?

  202. Kim Neville
    26 July, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    What is your biggest weakness

  203. melanie stirling
    26 July, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    What do I think about violence in films? That was a long time ago!

  204. Susan Smith
    26 July, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    Commented on the Benefits of stretching

  205. Ritchie
    26 July, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    The old chestnut – what are your strengths and weaknesses?

  206. Susan Smith
    26 July, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    The worst question for me was, Do you think at your age, you will be able to keep up with the younger generation, blimey i’m only 50 i thought, consequently i didnt get the job

  207. Peter Watson
    26 July, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    “Do you intend continuing with your trade union activities?” answer yes and I somehow got the job.

  208. iain maciver
    26 July, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    you are way too qualified for this post ,

  209. William Gould
    26 July, 2018 / 11:44 am

    I always find “Why do you want this job?” a ridiculously stupid question. Oh, and on trying to get a bar job was told “You’re too old and the wrong sex!”

  210. MARIA ROGERS
    26 July, 2018 / 9:03 am

    “You are too over qualified for this job, you will get bored” – one comment from an estate agents job, ” you are more qualified than me, and to be honest I feel threatened by your experience” – from an area manager when I applied for a sales rep job, ” sorry you are just too old ” – applying for a part time evening waitress job at pizza express when I was in my mid 30’s!

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