First post-college job interview - what the hell do I wear?

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  1. Grizzly Mint

    Grizzly Mint New Member

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    I have my first real job interview this Wednesday. The company is a local start up company that installs and services marine computer systems. I have pretty much nothing that I feel is apropriate to wear to a job interview - most of my nicer clothes dont fit anymore because I lost a shit-ton of weight over the last year. Any suggestions? is a nice button down shirt okay? I have a lot of nice denim but i'm not sure if that's appropriate. Also i`m looking for suggestions for footwear. Thanks guise:sadwavey:
     
  2. ihaveanevilplan

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    at the MINIMUM, button up shirt with tie, some slacks, & leather shoes

    it might suck to have to go buy all these things at once if you dont have any, but this is just your first interview. chances are you'll have others after this one too so it's not like you're buying them just for this one occation
     
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    wtf go buy a damn suit.
     
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    You can't go wrong with a business suit and tie. Even if the place is casual, it won't hurt you.
     
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    Thanks for the input guys.
     
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    and a jean-jacket
     
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    you don't HAVE to buy a tailored suit, I got my current job interviewing w/ a $50 blazer, slacks, button up and tie. And I was able to nail down a very good job. Don't feel like you have to spend $1k+ on a suit, though if you have the scratch it's a worthwhile investment.
     
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    I got it at Ross......
     
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    you dont have to wear a suit...

    but Do NOT wear your denim to the interview...
     
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    hoody and jorts... show 'em you're unique and special
     
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    i wouldnt put too much emphasis on it. just make sure the suit you wear is neat and fit you correctly. youre going to an interview to get a job, not to impress some 50 year old dude with your thick as theives custom suit :ugh2: he'd probably think youre gay anyways.


    unless youre going to work in fashion or some creative type company
     
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    I would check out the dresscode. If it's common to wear a suit at work I would choose a suit. If there isn't I think you will be allright with a pair of nice pants/trousers, a nice shirt and some classic leather shoes.
     
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    canadian tuxedo
     
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    themadpaki There is no money. OT Supporter

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    black t-shirt, jeans with holes in them, gangster-bling chain, air force ones. and swear a lot.
     
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    Wear a suit. What's the worst case? No one else interviewed wears a suit and you look like you care more than the other applicants?
     
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    you can get a decent suit, shirt, tie, socks, and belt from Express for ~$200-$250. They constantly have 10-15% coupons, just print one out and take it with you.
     
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    i'd highly suggest you get A suit...doesn't have to be designer, but just a simple black suit. go to macy's, they have some michael kor's and other decent brands of suits for $180 last time i checked. it's an investment, but a worthwhile one for future interviews and occasions.
     
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    Navy or charcoal, black is evening wear or work attire for poorly dressed men. ;)
     
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    Word. Most people say you need to wear a suit, but when I wore them to engineering interviews, I felt way overdressed. No one at the jobs I've worked/interviewed in my field even wears ties. You want to look like you'd fit in with the company.

    So do a little research and let that guide you. When in doubt, err on the dressy side. Good luck.
     
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    But you don't even need something like Macy's -- around here we have excellent discount menswear shops such as Mens Wearhouse and J.S. Edwards. If such stores are unavailable locally, you can probably mail order but would need to find a local affordable tailor.

    Assuming you're trying to keep costs down, I suggest a nice simple charcoal colored suit, that is wearable with any shirt/tie combo.

    About the shirts and ties, I'd say get a more edgy stylish set for when you want to go on interviews to less formal places and a conservative set to wear if you're going to be interviewing at a more staid workplace.

    If you get called back for a second interview, you might be in a dilemma as to what to wear. You probably wouldn't want to wear the same thing.... if you get the feeling the other shirt and tie combo you already bought would be appropriate, go ahead and use that. Otherwise you may need to shell out some more cash for another tie/shirt combo different, but in the same basic style theory as the original.

    Oh and if you're tall, like 6 feet or more (especially if you have a gut), get a long size tie. You should be able to tie a full Windsor knot with enough length for the front of the tie to reach down to your belt buckle and the tail end able to slip into the pocket behind to secure it. Many of the designers are woefully short for tall or otherwise large men.

    Oh, and also always get your shoes shined before the interview!

    Hope that helps.
     
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    I'm only a freshman in college but I had a job this past spring/summer with Warrior Sports, huge lacrosse and hockey company.

    Everyone wears a t-shirt and jeans to work, super casual atmosphere. I came to my interview wearing slacks, dress shoes, a tie and sport coat, and they all joked about how I was dressed up, but then said that even though the atmosphere is casual they don't even consider people that come in for interviews wearing anything less than what I was wearing.



    basically, even if it is a casual workplace, interview well dressed.
     

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