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post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by landshark View Post
I was told a story about a kid who wore a suit and tie to the job fair at Six Flags over Texas, and the different departments fought over him for a week. To say the least, he didn't end up in the food department.

From my personal experience, I once met with the owner of a valet company at a bar for a job interview for a position as a valet. I wore a sport coat, trousers and a tie and got a position as a manager instead.

Basically, wearing a suit and tie will only open up opportunities, not limit them.

Wow, what a story.
Being overly dress could be uncomfortable, but it certainly beats being under dress
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by Bentley View Post
Thanks for all of the advice. This has been really helpful.

I'll let you know what we decide and how the interview goes.

Any other thoughts/suggestions are welcome.


Don't forget your son is also a 'person' and "what we decide" is not a good way to suggest to him what he should do. You should guide not instruct.
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by landshark View Post
I was told a story about a kid who wore a suit and tie to the job fair at Six Flags over Texas, and the different departments fought over him for a week. To say the least, he didn't end up in the food department.

From my personal experience, I once met with the owner of a valet company at a bar for a job interview for a position as a valet. I wore a sport coat, trousers and a tie and got a position as a manager instead.

Basically, wearing a suit and tie will only open up opportunities, not limit them.

^^^^^^^^^^^^
This
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by Blackhood View Post
For me interview is Suit + Tie at any age. Canada may be a touch different to the UK, but it never hurts to over dress.

This^^. Let him learn early!
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by Bentley View Post
Thanks for all of the advice. This has been really helpful.

I'll let you know what we decide and how the interview goes.

Any other thoughts/suggestions are welcome.


My 24-year old showed up for his interview at a huge outdoor sporting company out west (he moved from NY) in the Polo suit/shirt/tie and AE's I bought him and the first thing the interviewer (male) said was something akin to "great outfit, but this it not that kind of position." I think an interviewer would be more charitable and less direct with a 15-year old. But I applaud your interest in seeing your kid well-turned out. I have spent 26 years as the "stylist and procurer" for my three boys, always making sure that they were properly dressed for whatever occasion. Finally got rid of my last 36R Navy blazer last month (he's now a 38) and moved my 19-year old (youngest) into a suit. Still have to "valet" him when he takes it off--can't seem to put it on the hangar right. Shoe trees, color stays, cuff links sometimes, all that stuff. Takes me an extra hour to get everyone dressed when the occasion arises. (Mostly due to the fact that they never know where anything is; typical boys!) I wish you and your son every success!
post #21 of 24
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Thanks again for all of the advice everyone provided. Just thought I'd write up an update on this post.

I took my son out shopping last Friday and we wound up deciding to buy him some dress pants, a dress shirt, a tie, and a cardigan (along with some proper dress shoes).

We went back and forth on whether to go with a blazer rather than a sweater but he felt more comfortable with the sweater and tie look so that's what we did (some rap star he likes apparently wears this kind of outfit so that was the deciding factor for him )

Anyhow, he had the job interview at Wonderland today and got the job!! They interviewed him and 3 other kids at the same time and told him that he was the one successful applicant out of the group before he left.

Anyhow, thanks again for everyone's advice.
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by Bentley View Post
Anyhow, he had the job interview at Wonderland today and got the job!! They interviewed him and 3 other kids at the same time and told him that he was the one successful applicant out of the group before he left.

Anyhow, thanks again for everyone's advice.

post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by Bentley View Post
Thanks again for all of the advice everyone provided. Just thought I'd write up an update on this post.

I took my son out shopping last Friday and we wound up deciding to buy him some dress pants, a dress shirt, a tie, and a cardigan (along with some proper dress shoes).

We went back and forth on whether to go with a blazer rather than a sweater but he felt more comfortable with the sweater and tie look so that's what we did (some rap star he likes apparently wears this kind of outfit so that was the deciding factor for him )

Anyhow, he had the job interview at Wonderland today and got the job!! They interviewed him and 3 other kids at the same time and told him that he was the one successful applicant out of the group before he left.

Anyhow, thanks again for everyone's advice.

An update on the outcome. Thanks for taking the trouble - so many come here asking advice, getting it and then disappearing without saying what decision they reached.

Congratulations to your son as well.
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post
considering it's for a food stand at an amusement park, +1 to shined shoes, neatly pressed khakies, and a button up shirt with sweater. more then adequete. good luck to him!
This^. Add to this an observance of personal hygiene and decent manners and an ability to use proper vocabulary. This is obviously going to be a job serving the public so it will not serve him well to say things like 'yo yo bro' to the father of a family when he should be saying 'Welcome to Canada's Wonderland sir, have a wonderful time today'. Also, that he look the interviewer in the eyes with a smile when speaking or being spoken to. Clean, Respectful, Articulate, Presentable (C.R.A.P.) because we all have to anyway.
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