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Old 12-18-2012, 08:59 AM   #1
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How to dress for an interview

I'm going to interview for the position as assistant head of my group of about 30 people tomorrow and I'm having trouble deciding how to dress. My concern is that if I throw on a simple suit and tie, that I will be very overdressed since my boss (the group head) typically wears jeans, an oxford shirt, and a blazer. Does anyone have advice for me here?
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I work for a start up tech company in DC (roughly 60 people) so perhaps this will help.

My office is VERY casual. Standard outfit is khaki slacks/button down, jeans/sweater, and some sales people walking around in suits if they're meeting with clients...

I oversee a group of 7 and have hired everyone of them (and interviewed countless others)... any man who DIDN'T wear a suit for their interview would lose a point in my mind. Overdressing is NEVER a problem when it comes to interviews.... undressing, now that's a different story.

You can play it cool and wear dressy jeans, a button down, and a blazer/sport coat.. but I wouldn't run that risk unless you personally know the individuals you'll be interviewing with.
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I work for a start up tech company in DC (roughly 60 people) so perhaps this will help.

My office is VERY casual. Standard outfit is khaki slacks/button down, jeans/sweater, and some sales people walking around in suits if they're meeting with clients...

I oversee a group of 7 and have hired everyone of them (and interviewed countless others)... any man who DIDN'T wear a suit for their interview would lose a point in my mind. Overdressing is NEVER a problem when it comes to interviews.... undressing, now that's a different story.

You can play it cool and wear dressy jeans, a button down, and a blazer/sport coat.. but I wouldn't run that risk unless you personally know the individuals you'll be interviewing with.

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Old 12-18-2012, 09:18 AM   #6
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I'm going to interview for the position as assistant head of my group of about 30 people tomorrow and I'm having trouble deciding how to dress. My concern is that if I throw on a simple suit and tie, that I will be very overdressed since my boss (the group head) typically wears jeans, an oxford shirt, and a blazer. Does anyone have advice for me here?
No one will ever fault you for overdressing for an interview (unless you wear a tuxedo) whereas being underdressed will make you look sloppy and not so serious about the matter at hand.
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As a hiring manager.... I'll put it this way...

If you go for a job to be a lifeguard...


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Not sure what the work culture and dress code is at your work, but I would agree that it generally pays off to dress formally and look sharp for any interview. Even if I'm interviewing within my own company and with people I've worked with, I would dress up rather than wear the usual. A nice suit might be in order for you. Personally I would wear a neutral color, with a red tie if I'm looking to make a powerful impression, or blue if I like to be a little subdued yet convey strength.
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Wearing a suit is an antiquated idea that the world should move away from.

But realistically it is still expected, so you should probably wear one in order to give the best impression.
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Wearing a suit is an antiquated idea that the world should move away from.

But realistically it is still expected, so you should probably wear one in order to give the best impression.
What world do you live in ............are you still in high school ?
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What world do you live in ............are you still in high school ?
Tell me more about how wearing a suit is a clear indication of your potential job performance.

I did not say I dont believe in wearing a suit, and I think it is absolutely required for a professional interview in most cases. I dont own a suit, but I will if I ever need it for an interview.
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Tell me more about how wearing a suit is a clear indication of your potential job performance.

I did not say I dont believe in wearing a suit, and I think it is absolutely required for a professional interview in most cases. I dont own a suit, but I will if I ever need it for an interview.
OK. That makes more sense. You are forgiven.
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Classic Suit, none of this Andre 3000 bs.
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If you'd like, wear a cotton suit with brown shoes.

Casual AND formal.
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Back in college I once got passed up on a job because I wore khakis and a tucked in polo for an interview...it was at the mariott. Shortly after I went for an interview at enterprise rent a car wearing a suit, and a nice watch (breitling) and the interviewer told me I was too flashy..lol. I ended up turning down that sh!t job and working part time at a winery while in school, I dressed a little more causal though. I think it depends on the type of business you are applying to. Where I work now, everyone dresses extremely casual, I knew my manager already, so I just came in dressed very casually to fit in with everyone else. Got the job.

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Back in college I once got passed up on a job because I wore khakis and a tucked in polo for an interview...it was at the mariott. Shortly after I went for an interview at enterprise rent a car wearing a suit, and a nice watch (breitling) and the interviewer told me I was too flashy..lol. I ended up turning down that sh!t job and working part time at a winery while in school, I dressed a little more causal though. I think it depends on the type of business you are applying to. Where I work now, everyone dresses extremely casual, I knew my manager already, so I just came in dressed very casually to fit in with everyone else. Got the job.
For an entry level job I would never wear anything super expensive or ostentatious (such as a nice watch).
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For an entry level job I would never wear anything super expensive or ostentatious (such as a nice watch).
I guess to some people, a colt is a lot different from say a navitimer..subtle and discrete..but for that particular business I agree with you (I didn't know at the time) they make you wash cars in a suit for f*cks sake.. either way so glad I never worked at that place.

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