What to wear to a Foot Locker interview?

What to wear to a Foot Locker interview?

Have you always thought that sitting for your Foot Locker interview in a trendy pair of sneakers would land you the job? Well, ironically, if not coordinated perfectly, that might be the very reason why you get yourself rejected altogether. True, it is essential to pay that extra bit of attention to your shoes when you set out for your Foot Locker interview, but it is also equally important, if not more, to take note of your dress and the overall attire. Presentation is key, and your complete outfit will also greatly depend upon the kind of job position you have applied for. So, it is best to carefully choose every element of your outfit to make a lasting impression and raise your chances of qualification.

To pick out and coordinate the perfect outfit for your Foot Locker interview, the main areas where you need to be careful are:

The job position you are applying for

The colors and shades of the dress you choose

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The type of outfit that you feel most confident in

The choice of the right shoes and accessories 

The Kind of Job

The most important criteria you should take into account while choosing the right outfit for your Footlocker interview. As one of the largest retail shops worldwide, they have a variety of Job positions that one can apply for. However, they are of three broad categories:

Store Jobs  

Distribution Jobs

Corporate Jobs

Each of these broad categories has sub-categorical jobs under them, and each of them is different. However, the right attire for an interview can be chosen by considering these broader divisions themselves. But, in the end, no matter which position you are being interviewed for, to look neat, tidy and presentable, is the bottom line. For every kind of interview, the mantra is ‘less is more.

Now for the Job categories and their respective outfit requirements for an interview:

Store Jobs

In-store jobs include the positions of Sales Associates, Shift Leader, Assistant Manager, Store Manager, Cashier, Stock Assistant, and so on. These being completely in-store Jobs that directly deal with customers, have Footlocker’s very own uniform assigned to them, which is a trademark of the store and is partly formal. 

So it is always advisable to present oneself at the interview accordingly because these job positions hover at the very edge of crossing the informal to the formal line and demand a sensitive approach. You might be tempted to go extremely casual, but any job interview demands a certain degree of professional thought. Hence, completely casual clothes must be avoided, and so should be very formal ones.

Outfit Guidelines for Men:

  • A buttoned-up crisp formal shirt with collars paired with a  decent pair of slacks/chinos/trousers sits pretty well with interviews for positions like these because showing up in a tailored suit jacket and trousers might seem a little uptight. 
  • If you choose to wear a pair of jeans ( better avoided ) or chinos, make sure they are not ripped or bleached/stained. They must be very basic and not a ‘style statement’. 
  • The shirt you choose must preferably be mono-color, with the only leniency of a very simple print or light checks. 
  • The bottoms must match well with the shirt in terms of color and design. 
  • Winter attire can sport a basic mono-color pullover but must be worn with a formal shirt with collars.
  • Casual T-shirts are best avoided.
  • The colors of the clothes must be neutral and muted. 
  • Loud colors like parrot green, bright red, and lemon yellow, and noisy patterns must be avoided. Instead, baby blue, neutral yellow, shades of white and gentler patterns are preferred.
  • Shoes by brands sold by Foot Locker can be worn but must fit in with the overall outfit so that they do not seem to have been forcefully introduced. 
  • A polished leather shoe is always the safest choice.
  • Do not wear sandals/slippers/sliders or any other open-toe shoes even if they are sold by Foot Locker somehow.
  • All tattoos must be covered and body piercings removed if any).
  • A statement watch adds a welcome flare but must not stand out too much.
  • Any kinds of shades, additional wristbands, and unnecessary accessories must be avoided.
  • Your hair must be neatly combed and long hair must be taken extra care of.

Outfit Guidelines for Women

  • A pair of tailored slacks or a knee-length skirt coupled with a sober button-up shirt is probably the best deal.
  • If you choose to wear tights with your skirt, make sure there are no visible holes or ladders.
  • The blouse you choose must be sober and the fabric must be opaque.
  • A shift dress (not to be confused with a sheath dress) is a good choice when paired with a smart jacket, but because the uniform at FootLocker is a two-piece outfit, it is preferable to wear slacks or a skirt.
  • All skirts and dresses should reach below the knee in length.
  • Whichever outfit you choose in the end, they must not be in bright shades of red, yellow, or fluorescents, but muted and neutral tones.
  • Open-toe shoes are better avoided, and if you go with heels stick to the ones between 2-6cm.
  • Shoes sold by Footlocker will not be a good choice to wear to this kind of interview since they mostly have sports gear that does not sit well with the women’s business casual outfits.
  • Do not wear sandals/slippers/sliders or any other open-toe shoes even if they are sold by Foot Locker somehow.
  • Avoid loud accessories like huge earrings and gaudy bracelets.
  • A thin bracelet (optional) and a decent watch work out just fine.
  • Short hair must be carefully combed and long hair must be made into a neat bun or a ponytail.
  • Cover up tattoos, and remove all body piercings (if any).

Distribution Jobs

This category of jobs at FootLocker includes positions like that of a Forklift Operator, Data Expert, Warehouse Worker, Picker, Shipping Lead, Operation Leader, Inventory Assistant, Receiving Clerk, Logistics Assistant, and so on. Now it is evident that the work environment will be very casual for these jobs since they are all positions that involve manual labor and/or supervision, except the position of a Data Expert. The Data Expert will mostly be involved in technical stuff, and thus their work environment will be a little formal. Interviewees should follow the guidelines for the business casual environment as discussed above. And as for the rest of the positions, it is best not to wear a suit and tie, but you should still resist your urge to flaunt a fandom T-shirt at the interview. You need to be casual but at the same time decent and presentable. 

Outfit Guidelines for Men

  • Your best pair of Jeans is your best friend.
  • Make sure that your jeans are not worn out, ripped, stained or bleached.
  • Wear your belt right. But avoid accessories like jangling chains or charms among others on your jeans.
  • A block color T-shirt or a polo shirt in a neutral tone is the best pair-up for your jeans.
  • Do not wear shorts or loungewear.
  • Do not wear hats, shades, or wristbands to the interview.
  • Try not to wear very tight shirts and ones that have a graphic design anywhere.
  • These job positions are probably the best place to wear those shoes you’ve brought from the Foot Locker store but keep in mind that they should not seem forced into the picture.
  • Otherwise, wear a close-toe, clean, sober shoe.
  • Your hair must be neatly combed and facial hair groomed.
  • Watches can be worn but must fit in with the overall outfit.
  • Make sure to cover up tattoos and remove piercings (if any).

Outfit Guidelines for Women

  • Wear your best pair of jeans.
  • Make sure that your jeans are not worn out, ripped, stained or bleached.
  • Wear a belt but avoid accessories like jangling chains or charms among others on your jeans.
  • Pair your jeans with a sober shirt or a blouse in solid color.
  • Try not to wear very tight shirts and ones that have a graphic design anywhere.
  • Do not wear hats, shades, or wristbands to the interview.
  • A decent pair of sneakers from a brand sold by Foot Locker is a good choice to go with
  • Otherwise, wear a close-toe, clean, sober shoe.
  • Your hair must be neatly combed and/or tied
  • Watches can be worn but must fit in with the overall outfit.
  • Make sure to cover up tattoos and remove body piercings (if any).

Corporate Jobs

Corporate jobs at FootLocker include the positions of a Senior Project Manager, campaign Coordinator, Associate Manager, Finance analyst, Data Analyst, Staff Accountant, and so on. The work environment for these jobs is strictly formal, and the best attire to wear to ace these interviews is to be as business-like as possible.

Outfit Guidelines for Men

  • Go for a single-breasted two-piece suit in a dark color.
  • Avoid three-piece suits.
  • The suit must be of a solid color and not with fancy patterns.
  • A white or light-colored dress shirt is the best choice. 
  • Pick out a sober tie, and avoid noisy patterns and bow ties.
  • Wear proper and polished dark shoes free of scratches or stains.
  • Wear proper socks that match well.
  • Carry your resume in a briefcase or a smart laptop bag, and avoid transparent files and informal bags.
  • Cover up all tattoos and remove all body piercings.

Outfit Guidelines for Women

  • Wear a skirt suit or a pantsuit, based on your personal preference.
  • Make sure they are of a dark color.
  • The shirt or blouse you choose must be a solid color, in opaque fabric, and a proper fit.
  • A tailored jacket looks better than a loose-fitting one.
  • When wearing tights, make sure they do not have visible holes or ladders.
  • The skirt you choose must be below the knee in length.
  • Close-toe shoes are a must, and if you are wearing heels stick to those between 2-6 cms.
  • Accessories and jewelry must be kept to a minimum.
  • Your hair should be neatly gathered into a bun or a ponytail and in case you have short hair, it must be combed properly.
  • Make sure all your tattoos are covered and all body piercings removed.

Some General Tips to Keep in Mind

When you set out for your Foot Locker interview, you must keep in mind that as a retail store working towards bringing a change in its business arena, Foot Locker surely welcomes innovation and creativity. Still, in the end, an interview in its general idea does not change. Thus, it is important to keep certain things in mind when choosing your clothes for your interview.

  • Wear freshly washed and ironed clothes that do not smell.
  • Stick to dark, muted, or neutral shades for any kind of attire. Avoid fluorescents at all costs, and do not choose overly bright colors. 
  • Take a bath and groom yourself as required before the interview.
  • Do not use too much cologne or perfume.
  • Have a good rest the day before and arrive at your interview fresh and bright. A drowsy face will be by no means helpful.
  • Accessories must be kept to a minimum. 
  • Avoid brightly colored nails and neon hair highlights. If possible, dye your hair some days before your interview.
  • While statement watches or minimal bracelets do add some personality to your outfit, do not go overboard with them.
  • Do not try too hard to impress your interviewers with the dress alone. The outfit is an important aspect, yes, but that is not the absolute determining factor in you getting the job or being rejected.
  • Carry your resume in proper briefcases or smart laptop bags. Avoid tote bags, transparent files, or fancy handbags.
  • Choose proper shoes that match well with your outfit and do not stress too much on carrying the ‘brand name’.
  • Keep your touch-ups to a minimum but do not avoid them altogether.
  • Choose the kind of attire that makes you feel confident and one that fits well. An ill-fit dress will only prompt you to adjust them every once in a while, making you appear fidgety and anxious.
  • And above all, be decent, sober, and presentable in any outfit you choose.

In the end, the key to acing your Footlocker interview, like in any other interview, in terms of attire, is to appear smart and sharp. Every aspect of your appearance must come together in perfect coordination to make you perfectly presentable. The objective is to create a lasting impression subtly, and when dressing for an interview, being minimal is key. The above guidelines will surely help you as you prepare yourself for your big day!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. As a plus-size woman/man, what should I wear to a FootLocker interview?

The general guidelines in choosing the right outfit for an interview remain the same for any body type because the key is to look decent. For example, if you are a plus-size person, all you need to do to ensure that is pick out something that is loose-fit and does not sit snugly on your body. 

  1. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, what should I wear to a footlocker interview?

You being a member of the LGBTQ+ community does not impose any further limitation on the attire you choose. Wear the clothes that you identify with the most, and follow the general guidelines.

  1. Can I wear Jeans to a Foot Locker interview? 

That depends upon the kind of job you are going for. If you are applying for a corporate job, then definitely no. If you are applying for an in-store job, then preferably not, chinos cut. And if it is a distribution job or a worker position, then yes, jeans are the most appropriate choice, provided they are decent.

  1. Do I need to wear sneakers to a Foot Locker interview?

No, no definite nor unsaid rule says so. If you are applying for a corporate job, then avoid sneakers at all costs. However, if it is a distribution job or in-store Job, wearing sneakers is not a bad idea provided they are decent and presentable.

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