25 July, 2018

Dress For Success & Win A Suit From Dobell Menswear

As September approaches 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.

To help any guys out there about to embark on the interview circuit, I have an amazing giveaway where you can win a suit from Dobell Menswear, about which, more later.

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

1.) Dress for the role.

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.

2.) 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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3.) 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.

Win a suit from Dobell Menswear

Now to the giveaway!

Dobell Menswear has kindly provided a man’s suit for a lucky Mother Distracted reader.

Win a suit from Dobell Menswear - black suit

Dobell menswear has created fine men’s suits, tuxedos and wedding suits for over 10 years, and create handsomely fitted suits and formalwear accessories, at great value – up to 50% cheaper than the high street. And at the moment there’s 30% off all suits.

They stock leading suit and shirt brands such as Paul Costelloe, Tommy Hilfiger, Noose & Monkey, Esprit, Lambretta, Paul Gross, and Alexander Dobell.

win a suit from Dobell Menswear - blue suit

They also cater for men who want to look and feel correctly dressed when they’re attending black tie dinners, weddings, balls, business conferences or calendar events such as Glyndebourne and Ascot.

There’s free standard delivery, and free UK returns, a next day delivery service, and international delivery. Their site offers on-site expert advice articles and sizing guides or, if you prefer, you can talk to their dedicated customer service team who are on hand to help from 9 am to 6 pm weekdays.

For a chance to win a suit, just enter via the GLEAM widget below.  Terms and conditions apply (please see my Competitions page).  UK entrants only. No cash alternative.

The prize is one Dobell branded man’s suit in the winner’s preferred colour and size (jacket and trousers) up to a value of £120.

The giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on Friday 24th August 2018.

Dobell Menswear Suit Giveaway

Good luck.



211 responses to “Dress For Success & Win A Suit From Dobell Menswear”

  1. Hannah Thompson says:

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

  2. mary chez says:

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

  3. chris bull says:

    Why should we offer you this job?


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

  5. Adrian Bold says:

    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”.

  6. Emma Beckett says:

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

  7. Robyn Clarke says:

    What did you dislike about your previous colleagues?

  8. Deborah Hambleton says:

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

  9. kate m jones says:

    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!

  10. Hannah Scudder says:

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

  11. Karen dixon says:

    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…

  12. carol boffey says:

    how would you handle bullying

  13. amanda greensmith says:

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

  14. laura stewart says:

    would you like to work with us/

  15. Liz T says:

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

  16. Margaret Jones says:

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

  17. Margaret Jones says:

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

  18. Ben Whitmarsh-Knight says:

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

  19. Heli L says:

    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!)

  20. debbie jayne davies says:

    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.

  21. Gavin Bell says:

    Nice suits

  22. charlotte wilde says:

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

  23. Stephanie Ann says:


  24. Jordan Bentley says:

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

  25. Harry Truss says:

    “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!

  26. Paul Meulen says:

    What are your weaknesses?

  27. Kathryn Cox says:

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

  28. Verity Evans says:

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

  29. Andrzej Szymanski says:

    If you were an animal, what would you be?

  30. LP Mulligan says:

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

  31. A S,Edinburgh says:

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  32. Mark T says:

    What are your weaknesses? Hate this question

  33. Chris Allen says:

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

  34. Sophie Marie Cartwright says:

    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!

  35. Daniel says:

    ‘Have you ever been drunk at work’..

  36. sharon martin says:

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

  37. janine atkin says:

    i was asked to sing a song!!

  38. Anthea Holloway says:

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

  39. Laura Pritchard says:

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

  40. Robyn S says:

    Would you be willing to change a lightbulb?

  41. olivia Kirby says:

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

  42. jacqui graham says:

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

  43. Rebecca Whatmore @0zzyhog says:

    Watermelon and feta salad recipe looks good – i’ve commented on that post.

  44. Rebecca Whatmore @0zzyhog says:

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

  45. Gustavo says:

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

  46. Tracey Mitchell says:

    The usual question why do you want this job.

  47. Nancy Bradford says:

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

  48. 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!

  49. Allan Wilson says:

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

  50. Christopher Podmore-Stiles says:

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

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

  52. Phil Darling says:

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

  53. maria says:

    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

  54. Mike Powell says:

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

  55. christine westlake says:

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

  56. Rebecca Barnes says:

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

  57. Sammi McSporran says:

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

  58. Rachell Lynch says:

    hiw will you manage having children and working!?!

  59. Lorna Ledger says:

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  60. greig alan james spencer says:

    what are your strengths and weaknesses?

  61. Christopher Read says:

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

  62. Alan Bevan says:

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


    That’s not even close!

    But it was quick…

  63. lucy beckett says:

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

  64. Tania Atfield says:

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

  65. Jessi says:

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

  66. stephanie crowder says:

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

  67. Emily OMara says:

    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!

  68. Karen Howden says:

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

  69. tina Glover says:

    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!”

  70. Kirsty Jackson says:

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

  71. Hazel Murphy says:

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

  72. Zoey P says:

    If you were an animal what would you be

  73. Sharon powell says:

    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.

  74. Stephen Harris says:

    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

  75. sheri Darby says:

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

  76. Amy Pest says:

    what hobbies do you have

  77. Sarah Cooper says:

    Haven’t been asked any bad ones.

  78. Marie Rungapadiachy says:

    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.

  79. Tracey S Anderson says:

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  80. Tracey S Anderson says:

    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

  81. Holly carter says:

    Why should we hire you? Hate that question!

  82. Kate Fox-Pope says:

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

  83. Helen newton says:

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

  84. paula cheadle says:

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

  85. Romana Richards says:

    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.

  86. Susan Naylor says:

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

  87. Julie Edwards says:

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

  88. 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.

  89. Gemma Shonfeld says:

    what my biggest challenge in the role would be

  90. Stef Acaster says:

    Where do you see yourself in five years?

  91. Tina H says:

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

  92. Rebecca Smith says:

    Aren’t you too qualified for this job

  93. Sarah Fielding says:

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

  94. Karen Barrett says:

    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.

  95. Joe smith says:

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

  96. Claire Woods says:

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

  97. Tess D says:

    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 🙂

  98. Rebecca Aston says:

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

  99. Chris Williams says:

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

  100. Michelle mccall says:

    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

  101. Liam says:

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

  102. Maria Hackett says:

    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

  103. Christina Palmer says:

    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 .

  104. Pete B says:

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

  105. Penny Lane says:

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

  106. Victoria Worthington says:

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

  107. Susan Trubey says:

    Who takes care of your children when you are working?

  108. Matt Overton says:

    “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???! 😀

  109. Herbert Appleby says:

    What is your biggest weakness?

  110. Lorraine Mabbitt says:

    I hate the questions “ what are you negative qualities”

  111. Robert Price says:

    Why don’t you deserve the job?

  112. Robert Price says:

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

  114. 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

  115. Ashleigh Allan says:

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  116. Ashleigh Allan says:

    What’s your biggest weakness

  117. stacey turner says:

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

  118. Lorna Ledger says:

    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!

  119. Kim Styles says:

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  120. Kim Styles says:

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

  121. Elzbieta Znyk says:

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

  122. Ruth Harwood says:

    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!

  123. Yvonne Ritchie says:

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

  124. Steph Green says:

    So cool Wow Just Wow

  125. John Tracey says:

    What do you know about computers?


  126. Holly Thompson says:

    ‘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!

  127. Sally Rowland says:

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

  128. Sarah Courtney says:

    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.

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

  130. Emma C says:

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

  131. jo liddement says:

    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.

  132. Christopher Beel says:

    What an excellent giveaway. Thanks.

  133. nicola rupawala says:

    Which animal are you most like…

  134. jules Eley says:

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

  135. Tom Naughton says:

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

  136. jacqui rushton says:

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

  137. Jo Hutchings says:

    ‘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!

  138. john prendergast says:

    Why do you want to work here

  139. Jayne Townson says:

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

  140. Allen Hall says:

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

  141. Natalie Crossan says:

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

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

  143. Vincent Gerspach says:

    Can you work on weekends or at night? ..

  144. Helen Moulden says:

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  145. Stevey H says:

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

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  147. Susie Wilkinson says:

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

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

  149. Helen Moulden says:

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

  150. Graham Wright says:

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

  151. Nigel Soulsby says:

    “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.

  152. Liam Fitzpatrick says:

    “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?”

  153. Keith W says:

    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!

  154. ANDREW ROWLANDS says:


  155. Fay says:

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

  156. Cat says:

    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

  157. Dean T says:

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

  158. Nicki Simpson says:

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

  159. Sarah Morris says:

    Why do you want this job , hate that question

  160. James C says:

    ‘Describe this muffin on a chair’… too obscure

  161. Sheena Batey says:

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

  162. Ren Taylor says:

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

  163. Chris Andrews says:

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

  164. Lynn Neal says:

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

  165. Karen Worrall says:

    What are your weaknesses?!! ?

  166. AMANDA W says:

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

  167. Dale Dow says:

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

  168. Isabell Whitenstall says:

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

  169. Sandra Fortune says:

    Are you prepared to work weekends and overtime

  170. Leila Benhamida says:

    How would I rate my hygiene?

  171. Kelly Hirst says:

    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!

  172. Kat Lucas says:

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

  173. JaSh says:

    ‘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!

  174. Margaret Gallagher says:

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

  175. Alice Gilkes says:

    Why do you want this job?

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

  177. Nigel Soper says:

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

  178. Sarah Mackay says:

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

  179. A S,Edinburgh says:

    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!

  180. Theresa says:

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

  181. Angie McDonald says:

    ‘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!

  182. Pam Francis Gregory says:

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  183. Pam Francis Gregory says:

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

  184. Solange says:

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

  185. Ian F says:

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

  186. Susan B says:

    ‘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 …’

  187. Amandeep Sibia says:

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

  188. Katie says:

    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”…

  189. Katie says:

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

  190. Sue McCarthy says:

    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!

  191. lugworm says:

    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!

  192. Rachel Craig says:

    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.

  193. Stewart Smith-Langridge says:

    [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?

  194. Lucy says:

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

  195. kev banham says:

    Do you work weekends lol

  196. Tony Metcalfe says:

    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.

  197. mick proctor says:

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

  198. Stephanie Coals says:

    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!

  199. pete c says:

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

  200. Kim Neville says:

    What is your biggest weakness

  201. melanie stirling says:

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

  202. Susan Smith says:

    Commented on the Benefits of stretching

  203. Ritchie says:

    The old chestnut – what are your strengths and weaknesses?

  204. Susan Smith says:

    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

  205. Peter Watson says:

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

  206. iain maciver says:

    you are way too qualified for this post ,

  207. William Gould says:

    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!”

  208. MARIA ROGERS says:

    “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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