How to dress for interviews (internship for my chemistry course)

In summary: Borrow, rent, or buy a second hand suit.Go to goodwill if you have to. They honestly might have something that works out good. Also, target is pretty cheap, and like the above poster put, you can rent. But goodwill might even be cheaper than that.Buy a suit and abuse the return policy, if you have to.
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I have a couple of interviews coming up in the next few days but I don't really know what to wear. The first interview is for a quality assurance technologist position with a pharmaceutical company and the 2nd one is a research position (researching new adhesives) for an R&D company. I heard from the other males in my course that they are wearing suits. I can't afford a suit at the moment so I have to make use of what I've got. I have a white shirt and a pair of black shoes. The shirt looks professional but the shoes are the kinda shoes people wear with their school uniform:
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^^ that's the make of shoes but mine are all black
I'm going to borrow a pair of black pants off someone. Can someone with experience in matters such as this inform me about how it works. Will people who show up with a full suit (as in a shirt, tie, blazer, black pants and black business shoes) be more likely to get the job than someone with only a shirt, black pants and school shoes?
 
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Borrow, rent, or buy a second hand suit.
 
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Go to goodwill if you have to. They honestly might have something that works out good. Also, target is pretty cheap, and like the above poster put, you can rent. But goodwill might even be cheaper than that.
 
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Buy a suit and abuse the return policy, if you have to.

Not wearing a suit will make you stand out, in a bad way. And you don't want to risk that "in this economy."
 
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Alright so I'll just get a suit. Just found out that Tesco sells suits for €50. That I can afford. Its just the jacket and pants, I'll borrow a tie. Should I get a better pair of shoes? I didn't think of exploiting the return policy, I might as well just get a decent pair of shoes and return them once the interview period is over. Thanks for the info!
 
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Not wearing a suit to an interview signals you are not serious about the job.
 
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I have a friend who was a model in LA years ago. She used to go on "go-sees", which are modeling auditions. She would buy a nice new pair of shoes and put masking tape on the bottoms to keep them from getting scuffed up so that she could return them after her go-see. I'm not sure how well this works, but it worked for her.

Or you might even find a nice pair of slightly or never worn shoes at a second-hand or consignment shop. Or even on Ebay.
 
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My uncle just sorted me out proper with a dark gray Calvin Klein jacket and pants. All I need now is the shoes. I'm wondering should I wear a tie or not though. It seems like it'd be overkill to me.

rk1966: Thanks. I don't see why that masking tape trick wouldn't work (so long as I don't take any shortcuts through muddy fields on the way to the interview). The shoes will be in the same condition I bought them in so I won't be causing the shop any problems. Although my feet reek exceptionally bad so they might not smell the same lol.
 
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CrimpJiggler said:
My uncle just sorted me out proper with a dark gray Calvin Klein jacket and pants. All I need now is the shoes. I'm wondering should I wear a tie or not though. It seems like it'd be overkill to me.

rk1966: Thanks. I don't see why that masking tape trick wouldn't work (so long as I don't take any shortcuts through muddy fields on the way to the interview). The shoes will be in the same condition I bought them in so I won't be causing the shop any problems. Although my feet reek exceptionally bad so they might not smell the same lol.

In my opinion, wear the tie. It's more professional.
 
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I'll take your advice and borrow a tie. God its going to feel weird wearing all this. I'm ordinarily so negligent of my physical appearance that I occasionally get mistaken for a homeless person.
 
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When I used to be a secretary, I'd wear a suit (women's of course) to each interview. I was always offered the job. And for anyone who thinks big, deal, you were a secretary. I wound up being the assistant to the Vice President of a HUGE pharmaceutical company and I made a better salary than the new PhD's we hired. Doesn't seem right, but without me, my boss' day would not have run as smoothly as it did.

After getting the chance to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a nurse, I'd wear a suit to those interviews and would get a job offer on the spot. If I'd shown up looking like I was homeless, I might have been admitted to the psych ward.

Wearing a suit gives most people more confidence and that comes across in an interview. It shows that you made an effort to appear more professional and a company is looking to hire someone who will make their company appear more professional. Even if you don't wear suits to work every day, the interview is most important.
 
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CrimpJiggler said:
I'll take your advice and borrow a tie. God its going to feel weird wearing all this. I'm ordinarily so negligent of my physical appearance that I occasionally get mistaken for a homeless person.

Seriously? Well the saying goes 'dress for the job you want to have.' If you look sloppy it's a natural inclination for others to think you will carry that into your work.
 
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I've heard it said that you dress one step above the standard dress for the job. So for a smart-casual type job - a suit, and for a suit type job, a really, really good suit.

I'm going to feel properly awkward when I start going for interviews, it's a rare day that I even brush my hair, let alone wear a shirt, or smart shoes or shock/horror, a tie! I hope I can pull it off haha.
 
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Goodwill or any other thrift store is a good place to go for a cheap suit.

Wear a tie. It will never hurt you to over dress, but it will hurt you to under dress. If you go into the interview and you suddenly realize that the tie is a bad thing (which is unlikely) you can always take it off.

Also clothes are a sign of status. Since you are looking for a job, your status is low to non-existent which means that you need to dress well.
 
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Dress like you want the job. Suit, if you have it. If not, wear a sport coat, dress pants, dress shirt, dress shoes, and a tie. Remember the old saying "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." Don't stare, but keep eye contact. Sit up straight, stay on point in conversations, and don't go off on a tangent talking about wild times at school. Pass on the beer and get tea. If you go out to eat, table manners! Don't get messy food. You always want to look in control, and not like you're fumbling with chop sticks, etc. These people aren't your friends yet! Be serious, thoughtful, and know the company. Know what they do and where. Study up on them! They need to know you are more than the other guy showing up for an interview hoping the coin flip goes his/her way.

Lastly, manners. You may potentially be representing this company. Without looking awkward, if you have a chance to hold the door, pull out the chair, say "please" "thank you", etc., do it. They need to see you will represent them well.
 

1. What is the appropriate dress code for an interview for my chemistry internship?

The appropriate dress code for an interview for a chemistry internship is business professional attire. This typically includes a suit or dress, closed-toe shoes, and minimal jewelry and accessories. It is important to present yourself in a polished and professional manner to make a good first impression.

2. Can I wear a lab coat or safety goggles to the interview?

No, it is not appropriate to wear a lab coat or safety goggles to an interview for a chemistry internship. These items are typically worn for safety and practical purposes in a laboratory setting, not for a professional interview. Stick to business professional attire to show that you are serious and prepared for the interview.

3. Are there any specific colors or patterns to avoid when dressing for a chemistry internship interview?

It is best to stick to neutral colors and avoid bright or bold patterns for an interview. These colors and patterns can be distracting and may not convey a professional image. Stick to classic, conservative colors like black, navy, gray, or white. If you choose to wear a pattern, make sure it is subtle and not too flashy.

4. Do I need to wear a tie for my chemistry internship interview?

For men, it is recommended to wear a tie for a chemistry internship interview. This adds a professional touch to your outfit and shows that you are taking the interview seriously. However, if you are uncomfortable wearing a tie or feel that it does not fit your personal style, a well-fitted dress shirt and slacks can also be appropriate.

5. Can I wear a skirt or dress to my chemistry internship interview?

Yes, you can wear a skirt or dress to your chemistry internship interview, as long as it is business professional attire. Make sure the skirt or dress is knee-length or longer and does not have any revealing or distracting features. It is also important to wear appropriate undergarments and to avoid tight-fitting or overly revealing clothing.

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