I'm in my junior year (double major in financial planning and accounting) and I have an interview wednesday for a finance internship. I have a new pair of black BR wool pants and plenty of shirts/ties to wear. My question is can I/should I wear a VERY dark blue(basically black) sport coat with my black pants? It would not be appropriate for me to wear shirt/tie without a jacket right?
DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT wear a shirt/tie without a suit. It doesn't matter if you are dressed too well in a suit, because they will appreciate your taking the time to dress well for the interview. But ANY company worth working for, and any position worth having, will require at least a blazer with that shirt/tie, and preferably a good suit. They will expect it. Go traditional with it - SB 2 or 3 button navy or charcoal. NEVER dress down for any interview. Of course, don't get all crazy and overdressed either. White shirt, repp tie, charcoal/navy SB suit, black shoes. That is generally expected at an interview, especially in finance. French cuffs are okay, just don't get carried away, keep the 'links simple, understated, no gold, no colors, and small enough so that they would have to try to see them. The main point is to appear serious, sobre, self-disciplined, intelligent, thoughtful, etc. What does that look like to you? More important, what will that look like to them? I can tell you right now most interviewers will not take an applicant seriously if they show up in anything other than suit & tie. Most important of all: RELAX. It is important that you communicate effectively during your interview. Being nervous makes that very difficult. Remember that during any interview, you are not selling your resume - that is already done. They are judging your communication, personality, mannerisms, etc. So it is best to show them your real character, rather than allowing nervousness to blur that. Be confident, and be relaxed. Good luck. Let us know how it turns out.