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Old 07-15-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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It all depends on the job and what you're wearing with it. Some places of business don't want you to look too casual whereas others don't want you to look too formal. Heels aren't appropriate for every interview but neither are flats. I agree that if it's retail or food industry jobs than a formal flat or dress shoe would be appropriate.
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Old 07-21-2012, 02:07 PM
 
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IMHO if a company wont hire you based upon what shoes you wear to an interview then thats a company I would not want to work for.
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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It depends on the person and the company. I worked for a company once that required everyone to dress business professional every day. I would wear skirt suits or dress with hose. I was told this was not appropriate.
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:00 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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IMHO if a company wont hire you based upon what shoes you wear to an interview then thats a company I would not want to work for.

Shoe choice is telling. If people wear the appropriate shoes, they are more likely to know what behaviors are appropriate at work, and which aren't. People who come in "not dressed the part" to the interview generally lack attention to detail.

I have interviewed people many times, who were dressed wrong. Sure enough, they were the same people who didn't bother to send a thank you note. I don't hire people who don't send thank you notes.
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:23 PM
 
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Shoe choice is telling. If people wear the appropriate shoes, they are more likely to know what behaviors are appropriate at work, and which aren't. People who come in "not dressed the part" to the interview generally lack attention to detail.

I have interviewed people many times, who were dressed wrong. Sure enough, they were the same people who didn't bother to send a thank you note. I don't hire people who don't send thank you notes.
The interviews I go to generally ask me if i have the clothing required for the job. I tell them yes or no and based upon my answers to various questions they decide whether to hire me or not. It has nothing to do with what shoes im wearing. And i never send thank you notes as i see that as a type of brown nosing or sucking up. You already thanked them for the interview when you stood up, shook their hand, and said "thank you".
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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The interviews I go to generally ask me if i have the clothing required for the job. I tell them yes or no and based upon my answers to various questions they decide whether to hire me or not. It has nothing to do with what shoes im wearing. And i never send thank you notes as i see that as a type of brown nosing or sucking up. You already thanked them for the interview when you stood up, shook their hand, and said "thank you".
The thank you note is another test:
1. is this candidate a good written communicator
2. It gives you an opportunity to highlight any skills or other notes you forgot in the interview
3. since many people don't bother with a thank you note, you'll be more memorable during the interview process

It is super easy to send a note, email is perfect for this. But to each his own. Physical presentation, including shoes is pretty important for most positions.
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I would (and do) wear a low-heeled, closed toe pump. very professional and neutral. wear them in black or navy, and preferably the same color as your pants if you plan to wear pants.
my go-to interview outfit is: black blazer
Black slacks
silk shell (it's navy with a gray and blue watercolor design)
black low heeled pumps.

I've gotten offered the job every time! lol ;-) good luck!
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:39 PM
 
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Sketchers are not appropriate for an interview unless you are interviewing at Sketchers. Get a pair of nice black pumps--not patent--even if the heel is only 1 inch unless you must wear ballet flats (they should also be black). While most people do not pay attention to shoes, you never know what the interviewer will focus on, especially in retail. One of my friends looks at the handbag when she interviews female applicants. Superficial, yes; but she does the hiring. You want to look as professional as possible. Good luck.
I agree pumps or a stacked heel loafer. I disagree that people don't pay attention to shoes. They do pay attention both for men and women. For women the handbag is also scrutinized so don't go with anything big, bulky or flashy.
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla
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Has the question been answered yet? What type of job are you interviewing for? Just wear a pant suit, cami and a simple, closed toe pump. I hate pantyhose so I've never worn skirts to interviews. If you're wearing a pant suit, all you need is a cheap pair of throw away knee highs or thin trouser socks.

Here's a link with a few examples (and advice) on interview clothing:

Suit Styles & Advice
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:33 PM
 
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I believe based on the OP's second post in this thread, that she's interviewing for a retail position.

However, she didn't mention what -kind- of retail position. If it's a Costco cashier job, then sneakers are fine as long as they're not too crazy (simple black/white, not those shoes attached to pogo sticks or wheelies), and Skechers shoes are also fine. If it's a mid-scale women's clothing store like Dress Barn, then they -need- to be low-heeled pumps, and not flats. If it's an ecclectic boutique that sells a lot of retro 1960's tye-dye and sandalwood oil, a pair of purple Ked's would probably be preferred to either Nikes or Louboutins.
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