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First interview tomorrow.. what to wear?!

Hi everyone! I have my first nanny interview tomorrow and just not 100% sure on what to wear. I'm not sure if I need to dress business professional, black dress or pants suit, as I have with other interviews before or should it be more business casual attire? Any helpful feedback/advice would be great, thank you!!

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Aimee in Tampa, FL
Sept. 25, 2018

To be honest, I've been out of the Business Casual Loop since 2015 as I have been wearing scrubs since then. For first interviews with a business I always dress business casual, a nice top, plain black dress pants and plain basic dress shoes, nothing super fancy. However, for my first babysitting gig that I got on Care.com I actually asked the Mom via text message when meeting to interview at her apartment if she minded if I came in my usual every day attire or if she preferred business casual. She said just come as you are, with an 11 month old running around and getting messy, etc., it would just not make sense. However, my first interview was a working interview so I was actually interacting on the floor with the child. Just use your judgement, be up front and honest and ask questions prior to meeting for the interview. If it's a 20 minute getting-to-know-you at Starbucks or Panera, I would say that nice jeans (not ripped and no cutoffs) or solid colored Capris and sandals (with manicured toes, and no flip flops), and a nice tee shirt (no graphics or inappropriate language, no stains, no rips, etc) Should be fine!

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Lara in Flushing, NY
Sept. 25, 2018

wear formal for the interview

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Mikenzie in Yulee, FL
Sept. 25, 2018

I personally like to take a note from primary school teachers in my area and wear a well put together outfit that includes bright colors and allows for comfort. My personal favorite interview outfit is a knee length pastel dress. It's just a cotton slip on so nothing too fancy but it still looks nice and allows me to outwardly present my "motherly and bubbly" personality before I open my mouth. At least that is what my last employer said! It also allows me to have an opportunity to be one on one with the child without a clothing hindrance during the interview.

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Isita in Orlando, FL
Sept. 24, 2018

Personally, I try to show them what I would be wearing inside their home. Jeans (nothing too tight or flashy), a top with coverage, and closed toed shoes that you can wear slip ons or socks with. You don't know what you're walking into: they may be ultra conservative, working with children means you'll be bending over and don't want anything private to be seen. And on shoes, some families don't allow shoes in the house, and some families don't like feet. It's best to casually play it safe on the first interview. Don't forget they're being interviewed too! Don't wear something so drastically different it will never be seen again, be the person they want to hire: YOU!

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I believe it is always important to dress professional as it is a professional job.

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My suggestion would be the same for any first time interview no matter the position. I would find a nice pair of comfortable dress slacks and a nice top. For example, I went to an interview in a very comfortable pair of palazzo pants that had a black pattern with a cream colored background. I wore a cream short sleeve top with a pair of simple sandals. This outfit was for summer but you can get an idea for the cooler months of the year. Hope this is helpful. :)

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I would dress how you want to be perceived. I think it is important to set the tone, so I would dress business causal.

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Business casual is often the most accepted. A modest shirt with nice slacks or a skirt. Nothing low cut or too gaudy. Think of it as something you might wear to church.

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Peter in Bethlehem, PA
Sept. 19, 2018

I would look my best and not be messy. Wear comfortable clothing to show that I'm not bad and that I look presentable.

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Irene in Lakeport, CA
Sept. 19, 2018

In my opinion, not too office-like. Casual and comfortable. Remember, they will be as nervous as you and the more comfortable you make them feel-all will go well.

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User in Littleton, CO
Sept. 19, 2018

I have interviewed for several positions, both with families and with schools and have found a nice pair of dark jeans with a nice blouse or shirt and blazer with nice flats (no sandals) look professional, yet comfortable and not trying to look as if you are going to an interview in the corporate world.

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Gigi in Tucson, AZ
Sept. 19, 2018

Well, if you plan on changing diapers, wiping up pet vomit, sweeping, wiping kitchen counters, switching out car seats and driving I don't suggest a black dress. Show them your comfortable work wear so they can see how you'll be dressed on start date.

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Amy in Zuni, VA
Sept. 19, 2018

For in home nanny care, I would wear business casual. My last interview I wore a casual (but neat) black cotton dress with sandals. The people that interviewed me had on t shirts and shorts.

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When in doubt, business casual.

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Ayana in Brooklyn, NY
Sept. 19, 2018

casual and decent i always dress comfortable if i wear jeans or soft pants i always wear a shirt no matter the bottom gear and shoes no sneakers.

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i can use an social closet but not to by suits or high heels.

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A good go to for an interview is a nice pair of slacks and a pretty top. Usually this comes off as professional but not over dressed. I would say try to go a bit more casual than a dress and pants suit but not super casual either.

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Carie in Monroe, GA
Aug. 15, 2017

In my opinion a casual outfit would do well. You dress for the job, and I doubt you'll be wearing heels and black dress pants everyday to help kids with homework, or changing diapers. Something reasonable, but not too comfy will do the trick!

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I usually schedule al my interviews on Sundays after church. This way I get double use out of my church attire. My church is pretty dressy casual so I usually wear some dark jeans with a cute blouse and blazer. If not jeans,  I wear slim fit pants. Good luck!

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