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I-banking interviews next week - Help me pick an outfit

post #1 of 27
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So I'm a junior in college and I have a few interviews set up next week for internships at banks.

I'm pretty strapped with cash and already have a suit from Zara which I've tailored a bit to fit well (yeah I know, but whatever I'm broke icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif ) and dress shoes (cap-toe oxfords that cost more than my suit) which I'll be wearing. Basically my question is regarding the choice of shirt and tie:

I know banking is a pretty conservative industry so I was thinking a light blue button up shirt (I already have a nice light blue and a nice plain white) and I'm torn on a color for my tie. Any suggestions on colors and brands that won't run me anymore than ~$50?

Probably will be heading to the mall in a few hours so any suggestions are appreciated.
post #2 of 27
I have to say that it really doesn't matter. Wearing a suit is the only requirement. It's expected that it will be cheap and ill fitting.

If anything, being too polished would be held against you.
post #3 of 27
White shirt. Basic tie.
post #4 of 27
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Originally Posted by ter1413 View Post

White shirt. Basic tie.

Yeah. Buy the best tie you can afford. Brooks Brothers on sale - basic stripe or pattern. Nothing flashy.
post #5 of 27
Also...
-no french cuffed shirt
-take a few minute to shine your shoes
-MANICURE
-haircut
-leave the sports watch at home
post #6 of 27
- and shave, the morning of
post #7 of 27
Wear the blue shirt (bankers pretty much only wear blue shirts). The shoes and the the tie are the most important. For $67, you can get a decent grenadine tie from J. Press (standard interview tie, in my opinion).

Is this for New York or the West Coast? That makes a big difference.
post #8 of 27
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- and shave, the morning of

and pop an altoid a few minutes before...
post #9 of 27
some absolutely asinine statements in this thread.
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by Quadcammer View Post

some absolutely asinine statements in this thread.

such as??
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by ter1413 View Post

such as??
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Originally Posted by tj100 View Post

If anything, being too polished would be held against you.
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Originally Posted by ter1413 View Post

Also...
-no french cuffed shirt
-MANICURE
-leave the sports watch at home
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Originally Posted by Pahreen View Post

Wear the blue shirt (bankers pretty much only wear blue shirts).
post #12 of 27
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so you should not have clean nails and leave the casio g-shock watch at home???
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by ter1413 View Post

so you should not have clean nails and leave the casio g-shock watch at home???

clean nails of course...manicured? completely unnecessary unless you have truly hideous cuticles.

Casio g-shocks are children's watches. submariners, seamasters, tag carreras etc are sports watches, and appropriate for interviews so long as they aren't a loud color (i.e. planet ocean).


The comment that bankers only wear blue shirts is over the top.
post #14 of 27
Don't worry about it - the fact that you show up in a suit, dress shirt and tie at all will max out your "appearance" points in the interviewer's eyes. A quality wardrobe is not a necessary qualification for summer food and beverage analysts.
post #15 of 27
I don't think your interviewer or supervisor will care about your dressing since they knew you are a student
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