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post #11 of 24 Old 06-23-2010, 03:35 PM
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research the barn know as much as you can about them, what shows, trainers etc
Do not ask about when and how long your breaks will be, or friends can come with you.Turn your cell off before you go through the door. Have a list of references with phone numbers and addresses to give to the manager. Be polite, do not chew gum or bring in a drink, water coffee of any kind. Smile and be honest. I think I would wear barn appropriate clothing. Clean and pressed. Good Luck.
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post #12 of 24 Old 06-23-2010, 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by librahorse94 View Post
If not Jeans, should i wear my jodhpurs with my pasture shoes?
I wouldn't.

Don't you have some type of casual boot/shoe that you could wear? Doesn't have to be riding boots, but something nicer than a scuffed up pair of pasture shoes.

For an interview as a groom, I'd never wear my riding clothes. It just doesn't seem appropriate.

Don't you have a casual pair of slacks that you don't mind wearing to the barn? I'm not talking dress slacks, just something a little nicer than jeans.
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post #13 of 24 Old 06-23-2010, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not sure what you mean by slacks because my definition of slacks is Sweats and I know not to wear those haha.
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post #14 of 24 Old 06-23-2010, 03:41 PM
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Something like Dockers is what I'm saying. Even Dickies would work, as long as they were clean, pressed, and not frayed looking.

You want to look as if you're ready to work, not ride.
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post #15 of 24 Old 06-23-2010, 03:46 PM
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Yes like dockers or khakis of some sort and a polo shirt. I know everyone wears tank tops now but they are really not work appropriate. short sleeved collared shirt.
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I would wear a nice pair of Khakis and a polo. Not anything over-dressed but certainly not underdressed. No heels, nothing open toed, preferably something 'barn worth'. By pasture boots do you mean paddock boots? If so, I think those would be appropriate.

Everyone has given you great advice on how to interview. Heres a few more points.
Be on time. I know that is a given but it is essential.
Don't ogle the horses. We all love horses and we all want to fuss over them. Try your best to not look like a kid in a candy store. Compliment them on a nice barn but I would refrain from commenting on the horses at all.
Always thank them for inviting you out to interview and shake their hand.
If you do have references, have them typed neatly and ready to hand over.

Good Luck! It sure looks like a nice place!
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post #17 of 24 Old 06-23-2010, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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So this would be inappropriate?
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post #18 of 24 Old 06-23-2010, 03:55 PM
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Yes ma'am. Totally inappropriate.

This is a high end barn you're talking about, not the neighbor down the street's backyard place.
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post #19 of 24 Old 06-23-2010, 03:55 PM
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That outfit will not work.

Khaki's and a polo shirt or button down shirt. Tucked in. With a belt.

Think neat and presentable.

Paddock boots would be fine if they are clean and neat. No old holey dull paddock boots.

Corinowalk makes some great points. Do not touch the horses. Even if they stick their heads out of their stalls or over a fence, do not touch unless you are given permission or instructed to do so.
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post #20 of 24 Old 06-23-2010, 03:55 PM
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When I have hired people, I always took the ones who came in with a "workman like" turn out. Example - casual khaki pants/capri, in my mind even clean well fitting jeans with no holes is OK, a polo shirt, belt, and barn appropriate foot wear (hiking shoes, riding boots etc). I didn't want to see someone who looks like they just jumped off their horse or climbed out of the **** pile. Nor did I want to see someone look like they were ready for a board meeting at microsoft. Think "professional and work-friendly".
Be honest, direct and friendly with answers. If you don't know an answer to a question, say so, but add that you are eager to learn. Don't try to dazzle with expert knowledge. You may come off as a know it all. Don't be afraid to use humor, either! Working in a barn is to be part of a team and they want to see not only that you are competent but that they can live and work with you in harmony. No one wants to work with a co-worker with no sense of humor.
Good luck!
**ETA*** PLEASE don't wear super tight pants, or pants with a super low-rise. It makes you seem juvenile and not work-oriented, KWIM?

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