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What to wear when applying or going for an interview?

  1. Jun 12, 2007 #1

    JasonRox

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    So, what do you normally wear?

    A nice suit with pants and jacket? Just pants and shirt?

    What kind of pants?

    I'm applying for position in Finance and in Accounting firms.

    Thanks.
     
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  3. Jun 12, 2007 #2
    I definitely make a point to wear pants to all my interviews. :smile:

    Seriously, as an engineer, I put away the jeans for a day and wear nice pants and a nice shirt, but I avoid suits. (Wearing a suit just seems inappropriate somehow.) However, I suspect in finance, you had better bring out your good suit...
     
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  4. Jun 12, 2007 #3

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    On the internet it says to wear dark pants with a white shirt. Personally, that's just a fashion clash. Black pants and white shirt. :yuck:

    Yeah, I guess a nice suit will have to do.
     
  5. Jun 12, 2007 #4
    Just call the secretary ahead of time and ask her what people typically wear when they are at an interview there. Also, ask her what she (or he) recommends. Typically, they have been there for some time, so they should be helpful.
     
  6. Jun 12, 2007 #5
    Wear a suit and tie if you want anyone to take you seriously. Its common sense, really.
     
  7. Jun 12, 2007 #6
    Plain white, and Docker black pants... yeah. Not so hot.

    However, if you have some type of minimalistic pattern (maybe really light and fine stripes) , with nice black pants, this can be pulled off very easy. You can usually get some good stuff relatively cheap at Banana Republic. I usually snag a few things that are on clearance there.
     
  8. Jun 12, 2007 #7
    AAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA. I love that store, but even on sale its expensive.
     
  9. Jun 12, 2007 #8

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    In finance, a dark suit with fine gray pin-stripes and a colorful plain tie would probably be appropriate, with polished shoes. For an interview for an engineering/tech job, I would tend toward more casual shoes, dress slacks, and a sports coat with pastel shirt and a plain tie.
     
  10. Jun 12, 2007 #9

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    Dark blue suit is what you are going for in a finance interview. Make sure your shoes are black and well polished. Dark blue or black socks. No cologne!

    Did I mention not to wear cologne?
     
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  11. Jun 12, 2007 #10
    You should wear a suit to any interview.
     
  12. Jun 12, 2007 #11

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    Not necessarily. You don't want to be significantly over-dressed with respect to the interviewer. When I interviewed for a job as a technical support consultant for the pulp and paper industry, I wore light silk sports-jacket with nice slacks and some brown dress shoes. The technical service manager was wearing a dark blue sports-coat and slacks and the sales manager (a BIG gun in the company) was wearing exactly the same jacket that I was. The TS manager commented on our jackets and I said "my wife picked it out for me" and the SM said "mine,too" - ice broken, and I didn't come off looking like a rube who over-dressed for an interview for a job in which I would be required to get "down and dirty" with paper machine production staffs.

    If you have an austere suit that is appropriate for a funeral, and you're interviewing for a job where you'll have to interact with customers and keep them at ease, dress down a bit.
     
  13. Jun 12, 2007 #12

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    I wore casual wear when I went to see my old employer about helping me out by finding a spot in the accounting or finance department. He's the owner of the company, and then I spoke to the Controller of the company. I know them personally, so to me, going with a suit would have made it awkward considering the owner doesn't even where a suit or the Controller. They working on a possible position. I'll probably (most likely will) call on Thursday to tell him what I'm look for so it can specifically to line up more with my long term goals. I'm not picky about it, but he asked. I hope I get it too.

    In the meantime, I'm still applying everywhere else.
     
  14. Jun 12, 2007 #13

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    I heard a little after shave is ok.
     
  15. Jun 12, 2007 #14

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    I think it's more of a faux pas to underdress than overdress. Wearing a suit to an interview for an office job is probably never a bad idea. It shows respect.

    We have a pretty lax dress code inside the office, but when I interviewed, I wore a suit and the hiring managers wore suits. I found out that they only wear suits when they interview. :rofl:

    A few weeks ago some guy walked in ahead of me wearing a knit polo type shirt and khaki slacks. He walked up to the guard desk and announced he was there for an interview. I'm not surprised he wasn't hired.
     
  16. Jun 12, 2007 #15

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    Keep it light. Scent can invoke emotions, so smelling as neutral as possible helps. If they are bothered by your scent, they will be bothered by you, even if they don't know exactly why.
     
  17. Jun 12, 2007 #16

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    If you know the people, that's different. You already know how they feel/dress.

    Good luck, btw!
     
  18. Jun 12, 2007 #17
    When I interviewed with Target Corporation for an engineering job, I wore a three-piece suit and a tie. It turned out that every other interviewee, without exception, was dressed just like me (probably what pushed me to grad school instead). Anyway, I've found that if you have to make a mistake, it's far better to overdress than to underdress.
     
  19. Jun 12, 2007 #18

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    Not even close! Don't do it. People who regularly wear after-shave or cologne get so used to the smell that they routinely over-do it and if you do that you will overwhelm your interviewer. Use a neutral, natural antiperspirant and try to smell like "nothing" if you can.
     
  20. Jun 12, 2007 #19

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    I never wear any, but I will take your advice and just avoid wearing any at all.

    Oh, one more question, how much should I spend on suit? I know anything under $100 won't look right. I find that discount clothes just doesn't fit right either around the shoulders, waist, wrists, the ratios, etc...
     
  21. Jun 12, 2007 #20

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    I am interviewing someone tomorrow. I will be wearing my normal attire: dress slacks, shirt, and shoes; no tie. I expect to see a tie, minimum. I have yet to consider someone wearing a suit overdressed. I expect to see a well-dressed interviewee, even when the interview is on a Friday (jeans for us).
     
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