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    Kilted to a police recruiting interview

    Greetings all

    Bob, my buddy has a panel interview with the local police service. This is the last stage interview after passing a stringent process. This is the last interview by a panel that will ultimately decide whether he's in or not.

    I did read the thread that was posted in August 2010. A poll was taken of whick 75% voted no to wearing a kilt at an interview.

    May I please have someone's opinion on this matter 8 years later. What's the general consensus?

    Regards

    Garth
    Ex- South African military NCO. Great grandson of Captain William Henry Stevenson of the Highland Light Infantry, Scotland (1880's) and brother to Infantryman Peter Mark Schumann of the 2nd Transvaal Scottish, South Africa (1980's).

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    There are so many logistical issues that you did not cover in your post, Garth.
    For example; is your friend young (in his 20's) or on a second career path (late 30's or older)?
    Does your friend plan to dress loosely or more semi-formal in his kilt for the interview?
    Is the police force strict conservatives or open minded about kilts worn in public?
    Is your friend known as a kilt wearer in the community?

    If your friend is competing with many others for the same job, being kilted would get him remembered as bold and inventive (unless he came off defiant to authority). If he is ready to answer any question about his choice to wear a kilt to an interview, I say let him try.

    A second call back is usually a good sign for a job prospect.

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    Rule of thumb: If you have to wonder if something's a good idea, then don't push your luck. It's not worth it.
    Rev'd Father Bill White: Retired Parish Priest & Elementary Headmaster, lover of God, people (most of them!) dogs, joy, humour & clarity. Legion Padre, theologian, teacher, philosopher, linguist, dreamer, traditionalist, bon-vivant, encourager of hearts & souls & a firm believer in dignity, decency, & duty. A proud Sinclair.


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    Law Enforcement is very conservative. Would you wear a kilt to work if you are a policeman or in Law Enforcement, sorry but you dress for the job you want. I am a CBP Officer and would never think of wearing a kilt either to an interview or on the job. I would rather not draw attention to me.
    Allan Collin MacDonald III
    Grandfather - Clan Donald, MacDonald (Clanranald) /MacBride, Antigonish, NS, 1791
    Grandmother - Clan Chisholm of Strathglass, West River, Antigonish, 1803
    Scottish Roots: Knoidart, Inverness, Scotland, then to Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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    No. I would advise against it. I conducted numerous such interviews for my Agency. I would have been impressed, but many would not.

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    Local Police

    Not even if the local police force was Scotland Yard!
    Arrogant fools are easily insulted. Wise men know when to take offense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CollinMacD View Post
    Law Enforcement is very conservative. Would you wear a kilt to work if you are a policeman or in Law Enforcement, sorry but you dress for the job you want. I am a CBP Officer and would never think of wearing a kilt either to an interview or on the job. I would rather not draw attention to me.
    I spent 28 years in the BP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMCMICHAEL View Post
    I spent 28 years in the BP.
    Retiring next year with years spent US Coast Guard, CIA, and finally the last 18 CBP. I am sure you never wore the green and brown/blue tartan of the BP... Dumb move to wear kilt to interview for the job interview....CHEERS.
    Allan Collin MacDonald III
    Grandfather - Clan Donald, MacDonald (Clanranald) /MacBride, Antigonish, NS, 1791
    Grandmother - Clan Chisholm of Strathglass, West River, Antigonish, 1803
    Scottish Roots: Knoidart, Inverness, Scotland, then to Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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    No way.

    If a guy shows up in a kilt to a job interview he has conclusively demonstrated that he doesn't have good decision-making skills and I would not hire him.

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    I would not wear the kilt for an interview. First impressions are important and you ever know what biases the interviewer has.

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