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What To Wear To A Job Interview  
User currently offlineVenuscat2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 478 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2506 times:

I'm a student in high school, and I have an interview scheduled for a part-time job in a doctor's office.

I'm learning towards wearing a dress shirt, dress pants, and a tie. Do you think that it is necessary to wear a suit jacket?

Thanks.

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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12110 posts, RR: 49
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2501 times:
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Simple answer, YES! As your parents probably always told you, "You only get one chance to make a first impression!"


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User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2501 times:

As long as its a shirt and tie then thats cool. A suit would be better because it shows that you are taking it seriously and that you have a suit - ergo you are not a college dropout and a layabout.

I do interviews all the time and for the secretarial and post-room people thats the main thing i look at.



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2494 times:

Some companies would be happy with a shirt and tie, others would expect you to wear a suit. Some companies would even be happy with casual clothes.

For that reason, you always wear a suit. That way you cover all options. Overdressed is always better than underdressed.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2482 times:

Ripped jeans, a wrinkled shirt, and workboots.

Signed,

Cumulonimbus


User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2471 times:

T-shirt, mesh shorts, sandals. Don't worry about shaving or brushing your teeth.
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Airlinelover



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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2468 times:

A dark blue or dark grey suit, white shirt, conservative tie, and decent shoes.

Yes, it's boring, but if you don't wear "the interview uniform" you are hurting your chances.


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2467 times:

During the interview for my current job I wore a suit  Smile


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User currently offlineLentigomaligna From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2464 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.

User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2458 times:

Look as formal as possible - as already mentioned, better to look too smart than not smart enough.


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2458 times:


Apart from the Clothes.Speak properly.Listen to the other person finish talking before Talking.

regds
MEL



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User currently offlineAsuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2372 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2455 times:

Someone once told me you can never be too dressed up....

So if you have a suit, then I would wear it. Good luck!

Matt


User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2441 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.


User currently offlineDTWorBust From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2430 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!


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User currently offlineMrHarlot From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 33 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2424 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.



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User currently offlineHiFi From Brazil, joined Apr 2005, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2402 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?  Wink

Exception: of course, if the job demands a suit (some sales position, for example), use a suit.



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days ago) and read 2397 times:

Notice how generally speaking the older contributors in this thread strongly advise you to dress formally, and the younger ones less so.

Who is more likely to be in a decision-making position in a company?



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2378 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.


User currently offlineCaptoveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2373 times:

Quoting Venuscat2 (Thread starter):
Do you think that it is necessary to wear a suit jacket?

Yes! I don't think you can really be over-dressed for an interview. When I was interviewing for jobs I dressed my best and ended up getting a better job than I had planned.


User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2371 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 16):
Notice how generally speaking the older contributors in this thread strongly advise you to dress formally, and the younger ones less so.

Who is more likely to be in a decision-making position in a company?

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User currently offlineBHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2363 times:

Comb your hair and take out your earings/noserings - and don't be late.

A suit is good, and clean your shoes - no sneakers. Don't chew gum either. Be knowledgeable, but not a smart ass.

Good luck.



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User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

Wearing a suit to an interview for a non-suit job also conveys ambition...that you're going to strive to grow in the company and take on more responsibility. Interviewers appreciate that.


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User currently offlineVenuscat2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 478 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2329 times:

Thanks for the advice. I decided to go with a suit, and it definitely made me feel more confident than I would have been if I hadn't.

User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2318 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".


User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2305 times:

Great! Now don't forget to follow up with a thank you letter. Not on email, either. I think this makes a huge impression.


But that was when I ruled the world
25 Christa : SUIT SUIT SUIT! You must wear a suit. Personally, I'd go for a black pin stripe suit with a pale pink tie! Regards, Chris
26 Post contains images ManuCH : The "tie and suit" thing isn't always true. OK, we are a small company, but if one comes up for an interview over-dressed like that, he probably won't
27 HT : In what area are you intending to work ? Front desk; behind closed doors only with noone public will ever see you; will "work" together with the doct
28 Luv2fly : Send the email as it will get there quicker, though to seal the deal hard copy the email and send it via the mail, just in case they have an email pr
29 Jafa39 : True mate, job interviews should be done in pubs.
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