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post #16 of 27
Do you remember the suits that the interviewers were wearing? I often think about this when I double up clothes. I think if you do remember, it is only guys like us that notice and take exception anyhow.- Nobody will notice/care.
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by HEWSINATOR
Do you remember the suits that the interviewers were wearing? I often think about this when I double up clothes. I think if you do remember, it is only guys like us that notice and take exception anyhow.- Nobody will notice/care.

Exactly. Wear the same suit again. Far better that than to dress down to avoid repetition. Then, if you get the job, buy yourself another suit. Change up the tie and wear a clean shirt.
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by HEWSINATOR
Do you remember the suits that the interviewers were wearing? I often think about this when I double up clothes. I think if you do remember, it is only guys like us that notice and take exception anyhow.- Nobody will notice/care.
this is very true! so perhap you could just change you tie an shirt so in the first interview if your wore a more conservatitive combo then this time ware something a bit loader esp you in the creative industries!!!
post #19 of 27
Perhaps I'm missing something here, but why do you need a different suit for your next interview? If it was 'good enough' to get you so far, then it's appropriate for the next one. As many others have said, fresh shirt and different tie.

I wouldn't go rushing for another suit just for the interview, but of course if you just happen to walk into a shop and there's a nice well-fitting suit, then by all means buy it. But no pressure.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by Jill
I wouldn't advise wearing the odd jacket for a first interview. You know, first impressions and all that. Unless you KNOW for a fact that the entire staff, including the interview-er will be dressed down, then only a suit is appropriate. What were folks wearing around the office when you went in for the first interview? Take your cue from that.

I agree with this. You want to make the first impression your best impression. After all, you need to be sure you make it to the second interview.
post #21 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks all for your thoughts.

Next meeting is set for next week and it is with a third person. I am sure there is a chance of running into one of the other folks I meet this week, but I'm not going to stress about it"”stressing out is the worst thing one can do I think in an interview"”worse than any clothing issues.

So, I'm going with the same suit; a fresh shirt (obviously) but still a simple white one; different tie.

Shoes, same, but I will of course get them repolished (there is a good shoe shine place right across from the building, so that will give me a little zen time). Differnt socks (not that anyone can see them).

Pocket square"”yes I wore a four point linen square"”I will more than likely leave as is, but may experment with other version this weekend just to change it up, though I doubt they will notice such a small detail.

I'm also taking my odd jacket in today to get the cuffs done.

People I met with so far are all in business casual, but it is a BIG company, so I do feel the need to present myself in a formal way during the interview process. Polished and pull together is part of my personal brand ;-)
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by onthelistbaby
I agree. Wear the pinstripe again, change up the accessories, but you might as well get another decent suit - or at least an odd coat and pants that you'd feel comfortable interviewing in.

This is most certainly the route I'd take. Navy pinstripe -- as long as it is a pinstripe and not chalk- or pencil-stripe -- is ubiquitous enough that it will not stand out; hence, no one should think "oh my Word, that's the same suit!" And as we teach in business, always dress up for an interview, even if you know the interviewer will be dressed down.

That or nude, assuming you have anice physique.

EDIT: I'd ditch the pocket square during and interview. As much as I love them, I also love my gray suit with orange windowpane and all my brightly colored ties and pale blue socks (not all at once, though!), but not for interviews. The reasons: a pocket square, particularly in a creative field, can make you look somewhat stuffy, and it draws too much attention to itself. The interviewer may not notice...and of course it probably didn't hurt you the first time...but why chance it? As I always say, why give the person a reason to give you a strike? Save it for when you get the job and attend a nice function, or for your celebration dinner!

Oh, and good luck!
post #23 of 27
All, and I mean ALL of my interviews for a period of about 10 years were in the same suit. Navy blue pinstripe. Coupled with either black or oxblood shoes, matching belt, white shirt and one of several red ties, or yellow ties, all of which bear a striking resemblance to each other.

For quite some time I could say I had never been on an interview and not gotten the offer, some of which were two days in a row, yes wearing the same suit. (That changed with law school interviewing, but I attribute my rejections there more to numbers [placement in class] and school than having worn the same suit.)

Bottom line, I had a suit I felt comfortable in, and I believe it showed. If a suit makes you feel like you can take on the world wear it to every interview you have.
post #24 of 27
Ditching the pocket square seconded.

A few months ago, one newly-hired director from Europe came to the US for a round of meetings lasting a week, and since I was in most of the meetings, I saw how he changed his dress every day. He did very well overall, mixing ties, pocket squares, cufflinks, shoes, except for that one suit he wore two days in a row: it was a beautiful pinstripe, one of those dramatic pinstripes, and even though he wore orange tie/pocket square one day, and dark red the next, it felt as though he hadn't changed, as all you saw was that beautiful suit.
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by Teacher
This is most certainly the route I'd take. Navy pinstripe -- as long as it is a pinstripe and not chalk- or pencil-stripe -- is ubiquitous enough that it will not stand out; hence, no one should think "oh my Word, that's the same suit!"
Isn't chalkstripe the subtler choice? Maybe I'm thinking of something else.
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by Fabienne
Ditching the pocket square seconded.

A few months ago, one newly-hired director from Europe came to the US for a round of meetings lasting a week, and since I was in most of the meetings, I saw how he changed his dress every day. He did very well overall, mixing ties, pocket squares, cufflinks, shoes, except for that one suit he wore two days in a row: it was a beautiful pinstripe, one of those dramatic pinstripes, and even though he wore orange tie/pocket square one day, and dark red the next, it felt as though he hadn't changed, as all you saw was that beautiful suit.

What are the odds that a person who owns one suit has one of "those" beautiful dramatic prinstripes, the likes of which will be remembered a week later?
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by new obsession
What are the odds that a person who owns one suit has one of "those" beautiful dramatic prinstripes, the likes of which will be remembered a week later?

I don't know many people who only own one suit, so I wouldn't be able to give an opinion regarding odds. I have one friend who had one winter suit, made of one of "those" extraordinary striking tweeds. And one contractor I hired had no suit, but went to buy one for his first day on the job, and you could definitely notice him: the ugliest grey, and way too tight everywhere. These are my experiences with persons who own one suit.
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