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post #16 of 33
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Hmm...now cufflinks are out, too? I thought they were formal; what I'm getting from you is that they're flashy.
post #17 of 33
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Hmm...now cufflinks are out, too? I thought they were formal; what I'm getting from you is that they're flashy.

Cufflinks are not necessarily more or less formal, per se. The problem in the context of a large law firm interview is that cuff links, for better or worse, are often deemed to be the provenance of older, more established lawyers. Thus, to avoid looking "tone deaf," you should not wear cuff links in an environment that assumes, again, rightly or wrongly (and with no real basis in any perceived level of sartorial formality), that someone who has not yet earned their stripes should not be sporting cuff links. Trust me, wear a suit that fits with a soporific tie, polish up your shoes and your resume, be appreciative of the opportunity in this economic climate, and you'll be fine.
post #18 of 33
I'm not sure who's worse, the guy wearing the daytona to the interview, or the guy not hiring someone because of the watch they were wearing.
post #19 of 33
Maybe that was his father´s watch. Maybe his father passed it on to him on his deathbed, saying "Son, make me proud, become a lawyer like your old man". Every time law school felt difficult, every time he had to watch the abusive relationships his mother got entangled in, he looked at his watch and remembered his dad. He vowed that he would succeed, that he would make everything right again. Consider that for a moment.
post #20 of 33
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I'm not sure who's worse, the guy wearing the daytona to the interview, or the guy not hiring someone because of the watch they were wearing.

I do. It's the latter.
post #21 of 33
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Originally Posted by Master Shake View Post
I do. It's the latter.

+1
post #22 of 33
I agree that the Daytona is a classic watch. Why would anyone think any differently of an interview candidate wearing this watch? I would say the candidate has good taste. If the interviewer was able to recognize the Daytona watch, then they both obviously have common knowledge about fine watches and could even talk about it, as we know that non-watch enthusiasts would have no idea what a Daytona is or looks like.
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Maybe that was his father´s watch. Maybe his father passed it on to him on his deathbed, saying "Son, make me proud, become a lawyer like your old man". Every time law school felt difficult, every time he had to watch the abusive relationships his mother got entangled in, he looked at his watch and remembered his dad. He vowed that he would succeed, that he would make everything right again.

Consider that for a moment.

post #24 of 33
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Originally Posted by Master Shake View Post
I do. It's the latter.

I don't know. I'm kinda with the guy who wouldn't hire someone wearing a Daytona watch (I fall into the category people who don't know what a Daytona is, by the way, so I wouldn't not hire someone for that particular infraction). When you're interviewing people, you've got to base a hiring decision on a small snapshot of who that person is, assuming their resume doesn't set them apart in any appreciable way. I know some younger attorneys who wear seersucker suits in the summer with bowties. To me that's a look that is for more established attorneys. If I were interviewing a summer clerk for a position, and he's wearing a bowtie or something flashy and/or expensive, I would assume the candidate probably also has a big personality, and I would go with someone equally-qualified who understands how to dress for a job interview. The watch thing might be a little less egregious, but everyone should understand not to dress better than the people that are interviewing them, which, to me, includes not wearing expensive watches. Right or wrong, I'm even turned off by the summer clerks who pull into the parking garage driving Bimmers and Benzes. I guess I'm just kind've a hater.
post #25 of 33
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I'm not sure who's worse, the guy wearing the daytona to the interview, or the guy not hiring someone because of the watch they were wearing.

It wasn't the only reason, but it influenced our decision. The candidate was mediocre and the watch, like someone explained with cufflinks, was flashy and "tone-deaf". If this candidate was a star, made his first million trading from his dorm room and bought the watch as a reward for himself, he can come to work with Daytonas on both wrists if he chooses to. However, as an averge candidate, the watch doesn't do him any favor.

It's the same reason for not wearing orange ties or pocket squares, it might be overlooked if you are truly outstanding, but more often than not it will work against you.
post #26 of 33
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Originally Posted by Guero View Post
Cufflinks are not necessarily more or less formal, per se. The problem in the context of a large law firm interview is that cuff links, for better or worse, are often deemed to be the provenance of older, more established lawyers. Thus, to avoid looking "tone deaf," you should not wear cuff links in an environment that assumes, again, rightly or wrongly (and with no real basis in any perceived level of sartorial formality), that someone who has not yet earned their stripes should not be sporting cuff links. Trust me, wear a suit that fits with a soporific tie, polish up your shoes and your resume, be appreciative of the opportunity in this economic climate, and you'll be fine.

I love your philosophy. Thanks very much. Is a rep(p) tie adequately insipid? Tiny, subdued repeating pattern? I disfavor solids, FWIW.
post #27 of 33
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Originally Posted by The Swede View Post
Maybe that was his father´s watch. Maybe his father passed it on to him on his deathbed, saying "Son, make me proud, become a lawyer like your old man". Every time law school felt difficult, every time he had to watch the abusive relationships his mother got entangled in, he looked at his watch and remembered his dad. He vowed that he would succeed, that he would make everything right again.

Consider that for a moment.

2nd best watch story I've ever heard...made up or not

post #28 of 33
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2nd best watch story I've ever heard...made up or not


post #29 of 33
that is a sick suit thou
post #30 of 33
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2nd best watch story I've ever heard...made up or not


Great Movie!

-LR
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