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Interview for sales position at auto dealership.

post #1 of 9
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Hi everyone,

I am going to have interviews for sales positions at various auto dealerships. I am going to sell cars for dealers such as Toyota, Nissan and Honda.

How should I dress? I was thinking of wearing a gray three button suit with some burgundy monkstraps or dark brown blucher laceups. Do you think the gray suit and brown shoes would be a good idea? Some people just don't understand gray suits.

Or would it be a better idea to wear charcoal pinstripe suit with black laceups? The only black laceups I have are Ferragamo captoe bluchers. The other laceup is a nasty pair of kenneth cole square toed rubber soled garbage.

As for ties. I have this silk burgundy tie that I like, but do not know if it would be appropriate. The width of the bottom of the tie is wider than all of my other ties. Should I wear a tie that has a wider width? or a narrower width?

I sort of want to give off a friend impression so I am going to wear a light blue pinstriped shirt with a rough texture. Good idea?

Thanks for the feedback,
Bruce
post #2 of 9
I would suggest you not overdress; Even luxury car salesman dress very casually, and you don't want to look out of place. Take a field trip to a dealership a few weeks before you ask for an interview, and make note of how the sales manager and staff dresses. Chances are, the person interviewing you at the dealerships you mentioned won't even be wearing a suit.
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I would suggest you not overdress; Even luxury car salesman dress very casually, and you don't want to look out of place. Take a field trip to a dealership a few weeks before you ask for an interview, and make note of how the sales manager and staff dresses. Chances are, the person interviewing you at the dealerships you mentioned won't even be wearing a suit.

It depends where the OP is.

Judging by his word choice, I'm going say American, in which case I bow down to your greater knowledge of the market.

In the UK, lots of car salesmen wear suits - or at least shirt and tie - to work (generally badly-fitting suits but still). Luxury car salesmen almost always do, esp. the higher-end and the suits are better. Sports car dealerships, not so much.
post #5 of 9
yes dress the way they do.
what they really need to know is, can you close a deal?
post #6 of 9
dressing cleanly, neatly and in a suit will show that you respect the position that you are applying for.
post #7 of 9
What do the salesmen wear?
What does the Dealer Principal wear?

Take your cue from them:

If they have Saville Row suits then off you go to Anderson and Shepherd.

If as is more likely they have trousers/shirts ties then an informal suit is quite enough.

Don't over dress in a society that does not demand it.
post #8 of 9
I'm a big fan of monks, but I would not wear them to the interview. Lots of folks don't "get" monks, in most interviews you want to play right down the middle in terms of dress.
post #9 of 9
If it's cold, you could wear something like this...
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