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post #16 of 36
All of those are probably too flashy. Lose the pocket square. French cuffs, full windsor might be OK but probably best to avoid. Definitely no contrast collar or pinstripes. #1 is the closest. Good luck!
post #17 of 36
IIRC, I wore a shitty (well, at least per my current wardrobe) brooks brothers grey suit, white shirt, blue tie. my interviews were just fine.

i'd go with #1 with no ps. be as simple as you can.
post #18 of 36
An interview suit is not rocket science: blue or charcoal well-tailored suit, pressed white shirt, and a conservative tie. No PS, no pinstripes, and no patterns. Remember you are not trying to show anyone up during the process so lean on the side on conservatism.
post #19 of 36
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of the help. My responses: My background is engineering, specifically in clean tech. I worked at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and now I work in "the real world" at Black & Veatch. I focus on wind energy now, but while at NREL I did work in fuel cells, electrolysis, solar and others. I would like to change my career and work in cleantech VC/PE. I have no background in finance, so it's going to be tough to convince schools that I have what it takes to change careers, but my background in engineering, and especially my research in new technologies may help. Lol at the Patrick Bateman comment. It's a Shelby knot, but I'll change it to a FIH. General consensus is keep it simple - no ps, no french cuff and different tie. I saw rep tie mentioned a few times. Like this one? http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatP...duct_Id=877591
post #20 of 36
Thread Starter 
Forgot to mention. Yes, a haircut is in order. I've let it grow out a bit so I can time it a week or so before my interviews.
post #21 of 36
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by calisanfran View Post
IIRC, I wore a shitty (well, at least per my current wardrobe) brooks brothers grey suit, white shirt, blue tie. my interviews were just fine.

i'd go with #1 with no ps. be as simple as you can.

Out of curiosity: where did you interview, where did you end up, what do you think of the decision to get an MBA?
post #22 of 36
MBA classes have many many engineers. You have a good background for today's economy (lots of dollars going towards Clean/Greentech ventures). Your essays, story of wanting to go from where you are to VC/PE (more the former though) should be credible. Personally, I wouldn't suggest you did that. Better to do a startup - something like a Bloom Energy, Solazyme, Solyndra, etc etc. But that's a different topic!
post #23 of 36
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Originally Posted by Telefonica View Post
Out of curiosity: where did you interview, where did you end up, what do you think of the decision to get an MBA?

I had interviews with CBS, Kellogg, Stanford, and Wharton. Got dinged by Stanford , but had admission offers from the others. PM me if you want to discuss more.
post #24 of 36
Another vote for #1 sans ps. Good luck with the interviews.
post #25 of 36
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Originally Posted by JohnsNotHere View Post
No 1
Lose the pocket square

yes, seriously #1 looks fine, the PS is pushing it. All the others look like you're trying WAY too hard. The red and red is terrible, the DB peak lapel is too flashy, the contrast collar is 80's (for most people). People aren't supposed to notice what you're wearing. They're supposed to notice you, your CV and the story you're telling.
post #26 of 36
No one's going to care what you wear unless you look like a complete douche bag. Does anyone honestly think what they wear will have any bearing on the final decision? They'll forget what you wore and even looked like as soon as the interview is over.
I just wore a gray flannel suit when I had my b-school interview (UofM Ross). I didnt think twice about what I should and shouldn't wear...just knew to wear a suit.

BTW, good luck in your interviews.
post #27 of 36
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Originally Posted by Telefonica View Post
Thanks for all of the help. My responses:

My background is engineering, specifically in clean tech. I worked at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and now I work in "the real world" at Black & Veatch. I focus on wind energy now, but while at NREL I did work in fuel cells, electrolysis, solar and others. I would like to change my career and work in cleantech VC/PE. I have no background in finance, so it's going to be tough to convince schools that I have what it takes to change careers, but my background in engineering, and especially my research in new technologies may help.

I think it will be very difficult to get into PE/VC without any prior finance/ibanking/deal experience...especially VC. Its such a tight knit industry unless you have start up experience, it is virtually impossible without having developed the necessary networks.
From what I have seen, ppl who get into PE/VC after getting their MBA are ones with prior experience.

I am also going to to school to for the purpose of a career change...ultimately goal is to go to a hedge fund. But it is impossible without S&T experience...so my goal is to land a S&T gig at a bulge bracket...then go from there.

Check out Wallstreetoasis. Has a lot of good info on VC/PE/ibanking.
post #28 of 36
Pal Lizeri. My favorite clothier
post #29 of 36
Pal Lizeri with the white shirt and pocketsquare. Darker, possibly more narrow tie. And buy better ties from now on.
post #30 of 36
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Originally Posted by dshin View Post
I think it will be very difficult to get into PE/VC without any prior finance/ibanking/deal experience...especially VC. Its such a tight knit industry unless you have start up experience, it is virtually impossible without having developed the necessary networks. From what I have seen, ppl who get into PE/VC after getting their MBA are ones with prior experience. I am also going to to school to for the purpose of a career change...ultimately goal is to go to a hedge fund. But it is impossible without S&T experience...so my goal is to land a S&T gig at a bulge bracket...then go from there. Check out Wallstreetoasis. Has a lot of good info on VC/PE/ibanking.
dshin...actually not the case. Getting into PE post-MBA pretty much requires pre-MBA wall street experience. However, ex-bankers have in general little to no advantage in getting a VC job over folks with deep industry experience before joining B School. Broadly there are 3 industries that have most venture activity - healthcare / life sciences, tech, and now cleantech (sort of overlaps with tech in case its solar, materials, etc). Many ex-engineers / scientists / techies have a better chance of getting into VC focused on these sectors from their business schools then ex-i banking analyst. I don't mean to say that bankers don't go into VC. Rather, the banker -> VC transition is much less common than banker -> PE, HF, asset management shops. Its part self selection (the latter professions pay much more than a VC gig) and part skill-set. For example, following would be a typical profile of an MBA grad breaking into VC post B School. 1) PhD. Worked at Amgen prior to B School. Was a chemistry PhD or Mol Bio PhD. Joins a life sciences focused VC fund. 2) Design engineer from Intel. Joins a tech VC fund out of B School. 3) Product manager from Google. Joins a VC fund out of B School.
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