The woman, who is believed to be a restaurant server, points out that the clothes worn during a job interview end up sitting in the closet.
A woman, believed to be a restaurant server, is calling out job interview dress codes. A TikTok user (@crocodilecamm), who goes by the name of Camm, finds it ridiculous that every person applying for a job is required to wear clothes that eventually become useless for quite a while.
"I think it is such a f***ing scam that if you wanna get a serving job, a retail job, whatever kind of job, you have to dress up for your interview as if you are gonna work in an office, and then you are never gonna wear those clothes again on the job," she says in a video that struck a chord with many in the workforce.
The outfit will likely hang in one's closet or tucked away somewhere else until they either leave or lose that job position and have to do another round of interviews. "Why can't I wear black pants, non-slip shoes, and a black t-shirt?" she questions, describing an average server work outfit. "It just feels like a scam."
This is especially true for lower-pay jobs where the candidates who might not even be able to afford interview clothes are expected to wear formal outfits to the interview and then wear more practical attire for the actual job. Camm's video has garnered over 57.4k views and 6k likes since being uploaded.
Netizens quickly gathered in the comments section to share their opinions on the matter. @julieexploresit wrote, "Same for the hospital world. They'll never see us in business again... just SCRUBS." @human.being543216 said, "No, for real! I have one 'interview outfit' that hangs in my closet and only wear it for that." @AmeliaRydder added, "Don't forget warehouse jobs." @cheezitso8714 commented, "It's funny because I work in an office and we don't even dress like that."
Maybe companies will start looking into the matter to see if these rules can be changed. Until then, it is often a good idea to ask for the dress code before the interview. Career websites recommend doing some research so you can match the norms of the company you are hoping to join. Avoid business casual or formal at workplaces where people dress more casually or in practical clothing.
Dark jeans and a simple button-down shirt or blouse should suffice. The best thing to do is make sure you are comfortable in your attire because if you are not, it is likely you feel uncomfortable during the interview. According to Indeed, avoid clothing that makes you feel self-conscious or need to be readjusted as you move. It is also best to avoid clothing or accessories that may be distracting or draw too much attention. Choose something that can help you feel comfortable and confident but also adhere to the company's dress code.