How to dress for a job interview

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How to dress for a job interview

Postby credit_card_fonz » Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:00 pm

I need serious advice on what to wear to a job interview. My current job will be running out soon and after 6 months of hunting, zilch. Normally the jobs I look at you either wear a t-shirt and jeans on the job or some have a company issued work shirt and pants. The last job was a step up, they issue you a polo with company logo and require khaki pants. The information I have is you should always wear a button up dress shirt (solid color) and tie with dress pants. Shirt should be long sleeve regardless of weather.

My instructions for the interview said to dress business casual - I have no idea what that means. To most of my friends, casual means going without a shirt - formal you put your shirt on. They are no help! A friend of mine got me this interview and after the interview the hiring manager told him he would never hire me because I lacked the most basic sales skills. He made this conclusion on the fact that I wore a red shirt to the interview. Go figure.

My biggest problem is I'm hard to fit and need a good men's shop with an in-house tailor or my clothes look like crap on me. They always have to go with an oversized waist and take in the waist to make the legs hang better then they have to adjust the length of the legs. I have short arms, so sleeve length is always way too long. I can't borrow a suit jacket because 99% of the time, the sleeves are way too long, usually past the tips of my fingers. I did find one jacket on sale 75% off, but it's a heavy cold weather jacket. Also it's long so it doesn't really look like a formal suit. It's a light grey jacket and it works well with a navy blue turtleneck and black jeans. I can't wear it with my good pants because they are 2 slightly different shades of grey so it looks like you tried to match but didn't quite make it.

My mom thinks the new dark black jeans look better on me because the good grey pants weren't quite fitted right and they look tight in the thigh. I always hated shopping when I was a kid because nothing ever passed my mom's inspection, and we ended up going store to store to store to store and nothing ever fit right. I needed school clothes for 5 days and it took 3 weekends to find it. My mom thought I should wear my black jeans and a polo (it has a collar and 3 buttons at the top) - I quickly received rejection letters from both of those jobs.

My next interview if for an exterminator where they issue you a company work shirt. What would be best to wear to the interview in this case? I really hate the thought of being on unemployment.


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Postby MemberSince99 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:28 pm

To be honest, dressing up is most of the time better than dressing down.

Just dress nicely and let your personality and skills win you the job. If some guy doesn't hire you because you wore a red shirt, would you REALLY want to work for him long term anyway? He did you a favor without trying to.

So always err on the side of being conservative, but in the end your clothes won't get the job for you, you will have to do that. They only provide a first impression, which can open the door.

As a side note, most businesses are so obsessed with everything you wear, sometimes I wonder if I shouldn't send my clothes to work. As long as they see them in my cube and every aspect of them meets the stringent dress code (because God knows you couldn't possibly be as productive without the right color tie) they're happy.
And I'm not talking a customer facing job - I'm talking you sit in the corporate center all day long where you only see each other and have each other to impress.

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Postby Robrus1 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:54 pm

Just don't wear jeans! Nice slacks or khakis and a nice button down shirt and maybe a blazer should be fine. Every now and then we have walk-ins come into the office and ask if we're hiring. Most of them are dressed like they just dropped by on their way home from the beach. I can't help but think that if they don't care enough to look nice, they won't care enough to be a good employee.
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Postby agp » Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:04 pm

If people who work at this place wear khakis and button ups, wear khakis, button up, and a blazer. If people here wear khakis, button up, and a blazer, wear a suit. Better to dress a step up than anything else. No jeans and no collarless shirts no matter whatever. Even if you are interviewing for a janitor job.

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Postby FastSRT8 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:56 pm

Dress ONE step above the role you are seeking for.

Be confident.
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Postby jrv » Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:21 pm

In my opinion I would always go in a navy or dark gray suit & tie for an interview. Either a wool blend or 100% worsted wool suit. Since you have instructions that say business casual, I'd wear a suit with NO tie or sports jacket and dress pants. Always a long sleeve dress button down shirt.
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Postby AMEXPlatino86 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:51 pm

Sorry not to piggyback on this conversation but is there such a thing as overdressing for an interview? Because I go in wearing a suit and a nice tie but it seems like they are judging me for being a little bit too formal or corporate (even though I would like to work for a corporation). Plus I like a lot a dark colors but now am trying to incorporate a bit more "brighter color" into my wardrobe.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:23 am

AMEXPlatino86 wrote:Sorry not to piggyback on this conversation but is there such a thing as overdressing for an interview? Because I go in wearing a suit and a nice tie but it seems like they are judging me for being a little bit too formal or corporate (even though I would like to work for a corporation). Plus I like a lot a dark colors but now am trying to incorporate a bit more "brighter color" into my wardrobe.


Never say never, but I highly doubt you'd get a thumbs down for that reason, if your skills, experience and personality fit with what they are looking for, it's not going to be an issue. Err on the side of caution.

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Postby MB131174 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:58 am

My idea of dressing up is wearing anything more than underwear around the apartment
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Postby djrez4 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:04 am

FastSRT8 wrote:Dress ONE step above the role you are seeking for.

Be confident.


That's exactly what I was going to say.

If it's a t-shirt and jeans sort of place, slacks and a button-down. (which is "business casual")

If the normal dress code is business casual, step it up to a suit.

If you're applying for a job at a nudist colony, I'm not quite sure what you should do. Go extra-nude?
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