Lentigomaligna From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2233 times:
You're supposed to wear what you'd normally wear to work, erring on the side of formality. If you're too dressed up you look like you're trying too hard. As a student in high school, I think a suit would be a bit much. Always be well groomed, clip your nails, and wear a watch.
Halls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2210 times:
Quoting Lentigomaligna (Reply 8): You're supposed to wear what you'd normally wear to work, erring on the side of formality. If you're too dressed up you look like you're trying too hard. As a student in high school, I think a suit would be a bit much. Always be well groomed, clip your nails, and wear a watch.
I couldn't disagree more. Even if I was hiring a dishwasher, I'd be more inclined to hire the candidate that put on a coat and tie.
Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 10): Listen to the other person finish talking before Talking
...and look the interviewer in the eyes. Don't look at the ceiling or the floor.
DTWorBust From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 90 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2199 times:
I always say wear a suit, even if you think you're going to be overdressed. On my first day of work at a new job I knew it was casual (like jeans) but still wore nicer clothes for the first few weeks. As far as interview goes - dress for the job you want not the one you have!
"There's no traffic jam on the extra mile." - My Mom
MrHarlot From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 33 posts, RR: 8 Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2193 times:
I do a lot of interviews for the company I work at, ranging from college grads to long time industry candidates. My opinion is that you should think about what the atmosphere at the place you're applying for is and dress accordingly within your comfort level. If you don't know, then wearing a suit is a fine default.
To me, while appearances are a significant part of your first impression, what will really make you stand out over the next guy in the suit are your qualifications. Focus on making sure you get those across to the interviewer and don't worry as much on whether they like the colour of your tie.
Quoting Halls120 (Reply 12): ..and look the interviewer in the eyes. Don't look at the ceiling or the floor.
Couldn't agree more with this. For me, a candidate that is not able to make eye contact exhibits signs of insecurity and low self confidence. In the little time you actually have with the interviewer, these are not the qualities you want to show off.
HiFi From Brazil, joined Apr 2005, 192 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2171 times:
Quoting Halls120 (Reply 12): I couldn't disagree more. Even if I was hiring a dishwasher, I'd be more inclined to hire the candidate that put on a coat and tie.
I kind of hate that mentality.. Never wore a suit or a tie at work or for a job interview and I always did fine. Wear something nice, but comfortable FOR YOU, not necessarily formal. Be serious, but appear relaxed. That shows confidence (you should be confident). Be focused on the interview, keep all your attention directed at the interviewer, be polite. There is no reason to be nervous or "overdo it" if you're a good candidate for the job, and you should know if you're a good candidate. Know your capabilities and show that you can assume responsibilities. This is very important.. anyone can learn technical stuff, not anyone can learn to assume its responsabilities!
The impression of responsibility, seriousness and capability should come from you, not from your clothes. Just look at politicians for an example... always wearing suits, yet, do you trust them?
Exception: of course, if the job demands a suit (some sales position, for example), use a suit.
Saintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2 Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2147 times:
If you make the effort to look smart and presentable they are more likely to think you will make an effort if you work for them. Job interviews are always hard especially when you are in competition. Anything that may give you an edge is worth doing. Wearing a suit just might make the difference.
One thing that definately will make a difference is a smile when you arrive and leave. Simple really.
Jafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2087 times:
I like to see acres of flesh......ahem..er sorry..what i mean to say is as Mr Harlot pointed out earlier, dressed as one would expect to dress at work.
Personally I'm not bowled over by first impressions except where turning up late/stoned/arrested are concerned, any scum-bag can hide behind a suit and if you're not used to wearing one it can change your personality and make you seem too stiff at the interview.
Look at it this way, do you want to work for them? if you are not what they are looking for it might be good to de-select at the first interview.
I wouldn't pass you over for a job because you dressed too casual but then this is NZ and I almost always regret wearing a suit, here it is not always the best idea to overdress, but a quick drive by or the addition of a Jacket gives me the chance to dash into the lavs and take off the tie, pull out my shirt tails and emerge "appropriate".