What to Wear to A Bartending Interview? #Males #Females

First of all, I would like to keep this out in the open and I mean it. Be it a waitress interview or hooter’s interview or a bartender’s interview, do not take these interviews like it’s a whiff or a breeze. So, here are some things that you need to know about bartending interviews. They assess all your skills from persona, to attire and then might land up on your job knowledge skills. People have this weird presumption that bartending is an easy job. Let me tell you a bartender might not be the one managing the money of the place that you have applied for, but he surely influences How many customers he can land in a pub, drinking place, etc.

Now, experiences are always based on what you have achieved|? But think of it in a more hypothetical sense, you have been the best at your job early on. And for some reason now you were being judged based on your dress.

What to wear to a bartending interview?

Will they favor you or the other candidates? You can only influence a person’s opinion when they know you? Now here in this interview people in the panel will judge you on your appearance. So, here goes the saying, ‘appearances are deceptive. Now it’s very important as of now to discuss in length the suitable wardrobe for potential bartenders.

What to Wear as A Female Bartender?

Contrary to popular belief bartending interviews are not about putting on a show. Like you have a lot of makeup on your face, there are tonal differences, and you are engulfed in a lot of eyeliner wearing a short skirt and putting on a top with lots of cleavages to show. This tactic won’t work and good organizations take track of your dress. Here are some pointers you can consider before going for the interview:

Wear Tight-Fitting Formal Jeans

Jeans are a great choice, especially for girls when they want to wear a blend of casual and formal. You can prefer wearing black jeans instead of blue/navy blue jeans, black is a dress code for bartending people. Keep it tight so that you look put from the waist down.

Wear Formal Top

Choosing the right top in essence is the first step to acing an interview. If your top has a lot of graphics or is unnecessarily glittery, it means the top is attracting way too much attention. You need people to judge you for your skills, not your dress. People would want you to keep things to a bare minimum but also highlight the natural aura of your persona. Choose a light-colored top, do not put the same color jeans below. Choose a light color like yellow, white, light blue, light green, etc.

Apply Very Little Makeup

Choose to apply very little makeup for an interview and this rule is not only mandated for only bartending interviews. Try putting some very light contouring, do not look edgy. Dress smartly and try to put more emphasis on your skin looking better, not brighter. You can smudge a little mascara to highlight your eyes. Don’t overdo it.

Choose the Right Footwear

People make this a thing where they completely remove the footwear out of the picture. People have this weird notion as they feel footwear is not something that is judged out of the blue in interviews. It usually hides behind your proper dress and does not draw attention. It’s a very big misconception and to an extent, it is rather a strange one as well.

Anything and everything that is within the panel’s eyes will be judged. For footwear, you should put on some flats and I would suggest staying away from heels. Putting on heels, if it’s too long you can fall. The objective is to make yourself presentable in front of the panel.

Choose the Right Accessories

Choosing the right accessory is very important. It is so important that it is often not properly emphasized. You do not want to put dangles or a lot of pendants, or necklaces. It can disrupt your interview. Wearing very flashy accessories simply puts a lot of attention on your clothes, do not do these things. Rather put on a watch and very simple earrings that look visible but not so much that draw unwanted attention.

Bartending Attire for Males

It is often said that men have very few choices to go about when it comes to their attire. But that is not true at all. Men can wear shirts, pants, and clothes as per their convenience and liking. Granted they are serious about getting the job, no hindrance can stop them from attaining this job.

Right Pants to Wear

Place very important attention on your pants, you can get chinos, warm cotton pants, and also some very light-colored pants like beige. There is this common idea that if you want very dark-colored clothing it’s better if you can do it on the lower half of your body, doing intense colors above simply imbalances the composure as the gaze lies directly on your face, and then the pants find their place. Put on jeans blue or black whichever you want to put.

Put On a Shirt

Shirts are the first line of clothing when you think about going casual. You might want to put on a shirt that is not that bright and has a warm-colored feel. Dark and intense colors are a strict no-no here. You want your shit to just lean comfortably in your body with no folds and creches. With shirts, the challenge is to keep it all put together. Try wearing positive colors like yellow, light blue/sky blue, parrot green, beige, etc.

Footwear to Choose

Slip-on shoes and leather shoes seem to be the perfect case in this scenario. It does not go wrong at all. Make sure that you polish it with conviction. Make it non-tainted, any amount of too much dirt can distract the interviews. Give a good rub, polish it well so that it’s all tidied up and shines.

Tattoos and Piercings To Avoid

Tattoos are somehow for some places usually considered and do not affect the interview. But from a general context, if you gauge any professional conversation, if you have a tattoo on you or even piercings anywhere on your face can be a big issue. I would advise just not to wear piercings that day or cover up the tattoo. Tricks you can do to remove tattoo ink or hide it.

  • People can wear a long sleeve shirt if a part of the tattoo is visible on their hands.
  • Usually, button-down shirts are preferred so if it’s on your chest you can cover it by buttoning the top button.
  • If it’s on your neck that is where the issue can occur. You can try putting on some nude color makeup to see if the tattoo can be hidden in any manner or form.
  • If the job somehow means a lot to you, you can always try removing the ink.

Avoid Messy Hair

Many people go with very fuzzy and dry hair. They haven’t properly combed or put together their hair. That can be a negative thing. You need to put your hair on the back, in case your hair is too long. If all of this is done correctly, you will have a good chance of sealing the job.

Conclusion Paragraph on Bartending Interview Attire

As a general rule, dress conservatively and professionally. You want to look like you would be a good representative of the bar, and someone who customers can trust. Make sure you maintain the professionalism. Hope the above mentioned tips have cleared all your queries regarding dressing for a bartending interview.

About the author

Atish Ranjan

Hi there, I am Atish Ranjan! I have been into work and business for more than 11 years now; I have given and taken numerous interviews over the years.
Thus, I started to share my knowledge & experience with you! Hope you enjoy reading here.

About the Author

Hi there, I am Atish Ranjan! I have been into work and business for more than 11 years now; I have given and taken numerous interviews over the years. Thus, I started to share my knowledge & experience with you! Hope you enjoy reading here.