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What To Wear To A Job Interview

Tue Nov 22, 2005 5:17 am

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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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Tue Nov 22, 2005 5:21 am

Simple answer, YES! As your parents probably always told you, "You only get one chance to make a first impression!"
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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Tue Nov 22, 2005 5:21 am

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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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Tue Nov 22, 2005 5:28 am

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.
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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Tue Nov 22, 2005 5:43 am

Ripped jeans, a wrinkled shirt, and workboots.

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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Tue Nov 22, 2005 10:56 pm

T-shirt, mesh shorts, sandals. Don't worry about shaving or brushing your teeth.
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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:00 pm

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.
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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:03 pm

During the interview for my current job I wore a suit  Smile
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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:12 pm

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.
 
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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:16 pm

Look as formal as possible - as already mentioned, better to look too smart than not smart enough.
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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:16 pm


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

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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:22 pm

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

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

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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:47 pm

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.
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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Wed Nov 23, 2005 12:46 am

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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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Wed Nov 23, 2005 12:51 am

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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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Wed Nov 23, 2005 2:13 am

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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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Wed Nov 23, 2005 2:26 am

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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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Wed Nov 23, 2005 5:04 am

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.
 
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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Wed Nov 23, 2005 5:22 am

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.
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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Wed Nov 23, 2005 5:24 am

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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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Wed Nov 23, 2005 6:29 am

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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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Wed Nov 23, 2005 6:36 am

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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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Wed Nov 23, 2005 1:57 pm

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.
 
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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Wed Nov 23, 2005 3:47 pm

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".
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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Thu Nov 24, 2005 2:01 am

Great! Now don't forget to follow up with a thank you letter. Not on email, either. I think this makes a huge impression.
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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Thu Nov 24, 2005 2:13 am

SUIT SUIT SUIT!

You must wear a suit. Personally, I'd go for a black pin stripe suit with a pale pink tie!

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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Thu Nov 24, 2005 2:49 am

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 have the job. We simply don't like excessively formal people, and we want to see what they look like when they're relaxed.

I don't know if there are other companies like us out there, but that's just how it works at our place  Smile
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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Thu Nov 24, 2005 3:19 am

Quoting Venuscat2 (Thread starter):
a part-time job in a doctor's office.

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 doctor on patients ?
Also: What´s the usual dress-code in that doctors office ?

While a suit might be okay for most occasions, overdressing might also spoil it.
Try to dress smart, but with respect to a) the job you´re applying for and b) the general dress-code at that office (hopefully you have some infomation about it - If you lack the information, maybe you can send a spy into that place to check it out ?! )
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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:55 am

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 24):
Great! Now don't forget to follow up with a thank you letter. Not on email, either. I think this makes a huge impression.

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 program that does not let your email through.
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RE: What To Wear To A Job Interview

Thu Nov 24, 2005 6:22 am

Quoting ManuCH (Reply 26):
what they look like when they're relaxed.

True mate, job interviews should be done in pubs.
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