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post #31 of 37
No tie. I think you want to communicate that you'd fit in.
post #32 of 37
Don't forget that it isn't only the heat, the stress of the interview can make you sweat also. I second the recommendation of taking a cab. Even hiring a black car (a Lincoln or something) might make sense if it relaxes you. And make sure you arrive early so you can get yourself together.
post #33 of 37
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FWIW, if anyone cares, I think the interview went well. I wore a sportcoat but no tie. The jacket only lasted about one block out of the metro station. It was just too hot. The security guard even showed me the mensroom to "dry off" if I wanted. I definitely needed it.

My talk seemed to go well and they really seemed to be selling the job to me more than grilling me about my qualifications. They all have been there a long time too which says a lot about how much they like it and also about the job security. And the work looks really cool (if you're an econ dork like me).

bob
post #34 of 37
Manton is right. There's no reason to get all worked up over interview attire. It is one of the LEAST tricky things for a sartorialist to dress for, in fact:

- Conservative navy blue or grey suit, solids are best but a subdued pinstripe or windowpane will work.
- White shirt.
- Conservative tie in a muted pattern.
- Black shoes and belt.
- No pocket square.

If it's hot, carry your jacket with you. You can even loosen your tie until you get on site. Be there early so you have a chance to cool off in the lobby prior to the interview. Bring a handkerchief so you can wipe any perspiration off your face.

Take a cab (although cheap-ass smelly DC cab drivers will often not have the AC on). Bum a ride from a friend. Etc.


Edit: Well, that will teach me to read to the end of the thread before posting.
post #35 of 37
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Originally Posted by rdawson808
FWIW, if anyone cares, I think the interview went well. I wore a sportcoat but no tie. The jacket only lasted about one block out of the metro station. It was just too hot. The security guard even showed me the mensroom to "dry off" if I wanted. I definitely needed it.

My talk seemed to go well and they really seemed to be selling the job to me more than grilling me about my qualifications. They all have been there a long time too which says a lot about how much they like it and also about the job security. And the work looks really cool (if you're an econ dork like me).

bob


Glad to hear it went well. Hope you get an offer!
post #36 of 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by rdawson808
FWIW, if anyone cares, I think the interview went well. I wore a sportcoat but no tie. The jacket only lasted about one block out of the metro station. It was just too hot. The security guard even showed me the mensroom to "dry off" if I wanted. I definitely needed it.

My talk seemed to go well and they really seemed to be selling the job to me more than grilling me about my qualifications. They all have been there a long time too which says a lot about how much they like it and also about the job security. And the work looks really cool (if you're an econ dork like me).

bob
Glad to hear it went well.
I rely on govt economists all the time. I actually think it's one of the best areas to work for the Feds, they have a nice blend of the real world and the theoretical.

Did you go with the undershirt? I would have.
post #37 of 37
Here is a trick. Get there earlier enough so you have some time to cool down.

If you can stop into the nearest store of coffee shop with A/C and park yourself there for a while and freshen up, then make the move to the building the interview is in"”all the better. It gives you more time to cool off and you can use the time to prepare.
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