Only a SFer would say that.
OP, you are meeting young guys in IT. Last thing they want to see is an old fart in a suit.
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So, wearing a blazer with slacks is a fake suit? *shrug* I was taught that it was better than nothing, so long as it coordinates and you don't use an orphan jacket. I didn't wear a suit jacket with mismatched pants. The other two places that I interviewed were not ultra casual. 1 was a national insurance company, 1 was an IT consulting firm, and 1 told me not to dress up. I had them in different palaces in town, and almost back to back, so I didnt have time to change. I was taught to wear a jacket to a job interview if you don't own a suit, so I did. If the rules changed, I missed it.
And there is nothing wrong Timex. I own two of them.
*lol* I just cant see how wearing a blazer in the absence of a suit, if you don't have one, and if you match it to your pants is a bad thing. Im not interviewing to be a finance manager, and once I get the in my field I won't likely be wearing a suit again unless I get deposed for something to do with IT Risk Management. Im a middle cog and a tech. I really don't like people that much, so I work from the background.
Shoes-Doc Marten wingtips, polished black ( prior service-I throw a mean polish rag), with black soles and no yellow stitching. I DID get my pair of AE oxblood saddle shoes today, though.
I hire IT guys in consulting all the time. Here's my personal take on the interview dress "rules":
Regardless of your role and regardless of the fact that workers there may wear shorts and flipflops, the most casual you should ever wear is dress pants, dress shoes, a button-up shirt (not a polo). And that is OK only when (1) you're invited to not dress up and also (2) you're not in a customer-facing or management role
Otherwise, sport coat, dress pants, etc. -- that is appropriate dress for (1) customer or management facing role who was invited to not dress up, or (2) any other roles -- server room guys, networking dudes, unseen developers in the cube farm
Anything else - suit.
I can't say that someone being especially well dressed ever mattered all that much when hiring, except maybe for a sales position. Ill fitting, oddly dressed, out of style, not ironed, etc. -- well, yes, negative influence can happen.
Regardless of how dressy is the correct choice, hiring manager is probably wanting someone thorough, attentive and careful with detail, so make sure there's some visual indication of those attributes...
Yes, there is such a thing as overdressed -- if you're showing up in Kiton and Edward Greens and the CEO wouldn't ever have done that, wouldn't have any occasion to do so -- the only image that projects is that you didnt try to find out much about the company beforehand.
None of that varies by age of the person.
Hope that helps - Good luck
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It does matter what I wear, to me-only 1 place told me not to worry about a suit or dressing up. I was always told to dress up no matter what the office culture was like, though that was when I was in college. I hadn't thought that would change, but some of what Ive read in the last few weeks suggests otherwise. I work in IT, but still have to interview first, which means impressing somebody or another.
The jackets were 50.00 each, the shoes not much more. The pants I already had. I didn't want to buy a full suit when I had pieces of separates already.
I wore the olive sportcoat and khakis for interviews the week before, I didnt want to wear it again this last week, that's why I have two.
As for women's suits I really wouldn't know. I'll defer to your greater knowledge on that.
I was trying to make a point. I took the pants with me when I went looking for the jackets so I could compare that. I know about matching weights and fabrics a bit, I used to work in a theater costume shop. My consternation comes from one above suggesting that I dressed like I was coming in from the clown car for my interviews because I don't have a full on wool suit. In the Midwest you don't often find a full suit at a thrift shop or consignment, even in a larger city (at least in Nebraska), and I when I was laid off from my job I didn't know if I would have 200 or 300 dollars to pull off getting a rack suit at MW or some such, so I improvised. I'm a larger man so getting lucky enough to find my sizes is doing pretty well as it is. I hemmed the pants I have to length, and I adjusted the length of the sleeves of the jackets I found, so I feel that I've done pretty well, so far. Ill buy a suit when my unemployment insurance kicks in. Its only been a month-that usually takes 2 or 3 months to process where I live, so my only income at this point is my wife and some savings.
Back to topic, I got it-despite being told 'not to dress up' by a prospective interviewer, and in spite of knowing that an informal dress code applies at a potential employer, the rule is still to dress up.
Got it. 5x5. Thanks for the differing opinions, they've been helpful and interesting to read.