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Which Interview Outfit Is Better? With PICS

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by plei89, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. plei89

    plei89 Well-Known Member

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    I have a final interview for a software company whose clients are hedge funds. So it is business & technology oriented.

    A. White Zegna Shirt w/ French Cuffs - Knot cuff links.
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    B. Blue RLPL Shirt
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    Borrelli Tie & Tiffany Tie Bar For Both.
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    And I realized I need my pants tapered a bit, but that's minor details. Going to buy an entire new suit once I get a job.
     
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  2. GBR

    GBR Well-Known Member

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    Either would be OK although the suit does not fit terribly well. Remember you are being interviewed not your dress.
     
  3. plei89

    plei89 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. I just want to look on point.

    Bump.
     
  4. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    No french cuffs, lose the tie bar and pocket square. Too flashy for an interview. I prefer the white shirt for an interview, but the French cuffs are a dealbreaker.
     
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  5. porcelain monkey

    porcelain monkey Well-Known Member

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    I second this. Tone down the accessories. If you have a white shirt with barrel cuffs wear that. If you don't, buy one.

    And get your suit pressed.
     
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  6. Kslim

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    What everyone else has said. Simplicity is key. Don't worry about the pants. Good luck!
     
  7. RSS

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    Either color shirt but I have a preference for white.

    No cufflinks, no tie bar. Although the pocket square (especially in white) isn't too much in my opinion.
     
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  8. AlexE

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    FC = dealbreaker? I cannot confirm this. I recently interviewed for a new job and wore French Cuffs in all interviews and received the offer.
     
  9. AlmostSmart

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    There appears to be a difference between interviews in the USA and Europe. FCs are standard dress in Europe.
     
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  10. AlexE

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    I moved to Europe due to this job change...parts of the interviews took place in the US with American interviewers. Guess on this forum people overestimate the importance of dress in interviews. I interviewed people myself in the past and despite my obvious interest in clothing I hardly considered the interviewees outfit in making a decision.
     
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  11. patrickBOOTH

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    I don't mean dealbreaker as in, you won't get the job, I mean dealbreaker as in I wouldn't wear it to an interview based on the cuffs alone.

    If I am interviewing somebody I could care less what they are wearing as long as it is professional.
     
  12. Testudo_Aubreii

    Testudo_Aubreii Well-Known Member

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    Either ensemble is perfectly fine. The white shirt will insure that their focus is on you, not the clothes. The blue makes you look just a hair more approachable. Six of one, half a dozen of the other. There's nothing wrong with white double cuffs for an interview. Ditto for a white linen square in TV fold. Perfectly fine. If anything, a white linen TV fold helps keep attention on the face and shoulders, where it belongs during an interview.
     
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    Ich_Dien Well-Known Member

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    Apparently they're not as common in the US.
     
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    I think he really means dealbreaker between the blue shirt and the white shirt.

    Generally, white or a lighter blue would be better for an interview outfit, but between the slightly-darker-than-preferred blue and the French cuffs, the French cuffs are worse.

    Also agreed on losing the tie bar and the pocket square. Most people won't care, but no need to take any chances at a job interview.



     
  15. RSS

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    I too interview people -- or did as I'm now retired -- but because my firm is more about image ... I do consider what people are wearing.
     
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    Yeah, stay away from the FC and too many accessories. The boss doesn't like it when you dress better than him/her.
     
  17. Trompe le Monde

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    i interviewed candidates last week for our technical services firm.

    today i cant remember what anybody wore - good or bad - nor did i notice it during the interview. wasnt a factor when i passed grades at the end of the day

    a white tv fold wouldnt kill anybody. more than 1 accessories would raise an eyebrow. bracelets? dont get me started....
     
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    So clothing matters not ... but accessories do, interesting point of view. Any particular reason? Just curious.

    The day after I certainly won't remember what someone wore but I do make notes if someone is outside the desired 'norm.' Examples: too fashion forward, poorly dressed, bad grooming.

    I doubt the OP will be outside the norm.
     
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  19. nishan22

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    Hold-on. What is the interview for?
     
  20. deveandepot1

    deveandepot1 Well-Known Member

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    I like the first fit better, but I don't see anything terrible wrong with the second fit either.
    Personally, I wouldn't wear a TC, PS, or cufflinks, but it looks fine on you.
    Good Luck!
     

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