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post #1 of 7 Old 08-10-2016, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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How to should I dress for a intern interview?

My 4-H leader has set this up for me and she wasn't that great at giving information even when I ask specific questions. All I know is they want someone to teach their granddaughter how to safely work with her pony and how to properly lead and ride it. And they want me to train their riding horses.

Since most people around where I live ride western I am assuming these people do too. But I'm NOT positive.
Will my jeans, plain T-shirt, and cowgirl boots work? Do I need to wear makeup? Will a ponytail be ok?

Thanks for any and all help!
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-11-2016, 12:09 AM
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Just look clean, neat, and ready to go to work. Sounds like you have it handled, really.

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post #3 of 7 Old 08-11-2016, 03:29 AM
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I agree with the above; turn up smartly dressed in work clothes and ready to work. Most things like this will be short interviews more akin to just getting to know you - questions will vary depending on how much they already know. But chances are they will expect to see some practical hands-on display or you might just end up touring their site and getting a look at how they run thing and meeting the horses (so good practical footwear)
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As long as you look clean and neat, you should be fine. If this is a show barn, perhaps some light makeup and a western shirt may be more appropriate. Wear comfortable boots in case they want to see you ride and bring a pair of riding gloves.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-11-2016, 10:40 AM
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Try to dress business casual for the interview- not too formal, not too casual. Just get neatened up! Simple, but nice makeup and brushed hair.
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-03-2016, 10:42 PM
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Everyone else pretty much nailed it, but just wanted to pipe in my opinion on something. I don't know if this is something they would do, but wear something you could lead the pony/groom the pony in that you wouldn't get upset or be a pain to wash if it got covered in horse hair. But def wear clean pants and a nice shirt that you wouldn't mind working the pony in if need be.

When I went to see my BO in response to an add for stall cleaning for lessons, I just showed up in nice jeans and a t-shirt. I brushed my hair and wore sneakers. IMHO, my situation was barn work- I didn't feel it was appropriate to show up in a skirt, heels and the pain in the butt stockings.

However, way back when, I went on an interview for a silk screening shop ( printing t-shirts) in the traditional nice clothes complete with high heels- and they wanted me to print some t-shirts. Thankfully they understood it was a bit awkward to silk screen in high heels!
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-04-2016, 09:28 PM
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No, definitely don't "dress up" for the job.

I mean, wear NICE clothes, but wear appropriate clothes, not business clothes. Around here "dressing up" would be a polo shirt, breeches (as it's also a riding position) and comfortable walking/riding shoes. Be clean and neat.

Nice jeans, clean cowgirl boots and a "crisp" plain t-shirt is fine, or western shirt/blouse. Just look "nice" but still barn appropriate, don't overdo it. This is one job you CAN overdress for.

Now as you say "intern". I'm taking it this is a small private farm? If it's a larger facility I'd be more likely to dress up. I'm not used to a "barn intern" lol.

No make up (unless you usually do, I am always skeptical of people wearing make up in the barn lol) and a ponytail is fine.

You want to look professional and competent. And remember, professional is for THIS profession.
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