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post #16 of 20
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It's not a sales position.  It is low-level relatively speaking, but hey, they can call me "office donkey" on my businesscard---as long as my paycheque + bonus imply otherwise, I'll handle it.

 

Incidentally, since this is a fashion forum, and since it is common knowledge you don't dress better than the interviewer-- a few facts:

 

This guy interviewed me twice, both times with a button down dress shirt with 3 buttons open!  Is this the new austerity uniform?

 

The CEO also wore a button down with 3 buttons open, with a trad looking suit.  He is 6'7" at least and lanky, so I figure fashion doesn't really go hand-in-hand for him.

 

I went first time in a Zegna Trofeo gray pinstripe.  Second time, I wore a RLPL black-charcoal chalkstripe.  What do you do in such a situation?  Take off your suit jacket when the interviewer comes in and you shake hands?  I did feel awkward and overdressed.  Also, with the CEO, I was a little uncomfortable, he was a humungous man slouched on a chair and it was pretty awkward.

post #17 of 20
Keep your jacket on. Unless they offer you to relax and take it off.
post #18 of 20
Don't take off the jacket. Most places expect you to wear a suit to an interview, even if they're business casual or the like.
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by michaelyork View Post

It's not a sales position.  It is low-level relatively speaking, but hey, they can call me "office donkey" on my businesscard---as long as my paycheque + bonus imply otherwise, I'll handle it.

 

Incidentally, since this is a fashion forum, and since it is common knowledge you don't dress better than the interviewer-- a few facts:

 

This guy interviewed me twice, both times with a button down dress shirt with 3 buttons open!  Is this the new austerity uniform?

 

The CEO also wore a button down with 3 buttons open, with a trad looking suit.  He is 6'7" at least and lanky, so I figure fashion doesn't really go hand-in-hand for him.

 

I went first time in a Zegna Trofeo gray pinstripe.  Second time, I wore a RLPL black-charcoal chalkstripe.  What do you do in such a situation?  Take off your suit jacket when the interviewer comes in and you shake hands?  I did feel awkward and overdressed.  Also, with the CEO, I was a little uncomfortable, he was a humungous man slouched on a chair and it was pretty awkward.

When people say "don't dress better than the interviewer," they mean that you shouldn't over-do it. If you're dressed better than the interviewer because you're dressed appropriately while he's dressed like a slob, then that advice doesn't apply. They're dressed that way because they already have jobs and because that's the office culture. You're not a part of that culture. You're trying to get in, so you need to dress like an interviewee. Wear the jacket.

post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by michaelyork View Post

He is 6'7" at least and lanky, so I figure fashion doesn't really go hand-in-hand for him.

Please explain your logic. height + build = sartorial inclination?
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