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Bank Dress Code

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by CJH7111, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. CJH7111

    CJH7111 New Member

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    Hey everyone,

    I'm a teenager in High School and am doing an internship at a local bank. I'm going in to shadow someone the tomorrow but I wasn't told the dress code. It's a small local American bank in a mid to upper class town. What do you all think I should wear? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Kslim

    Kslim Senior member

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    Some nice slacks/dress shirt/tie. Better to be overdressed than under..
     
  3. Marcellionheart

    Marcellionheart Senior member

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    I think if you go in wearing a tie, they'll be impressed that you can wear a tie. If you havent' been told the dress code and you own a suit, go in wearing the suit to be impressive.
     
  4. Orsini

    Orsini Senior member

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    Classic first interview.

    Navy solid 2-button SBNL; white barrel cuff point collar; BB#1, maroon sold, or navy pin dot; black captoe, leather sole, very shiny. Belt to match. NO ps, links, or current fashion trends. Cell phone left in the car. Bring and present your resume package. Take some notes, ask good questions, stay awake. Always "ma'am" and "sir" and "yes." Don't fidget, belch, or scratch.

    Show them you are not just another twerp. Deviate at you own risk.
     
  5. cbbuff

    cbbuff Senior member

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    Classic first interview.

    Navy solid 2-button SBNL; white barrel cuff point collar; BB#1, maroon sold, or navy pin dot; black captoe, leather sole, very shiny. Belt to match. NO ps, links, or current fashion trends. Cell phone left in the car. Bring and present your resume package. Take some notes, ask good questions, stay awake. Always "ma'am" and "sir" and "yes." Don't fidget, belch, or scratch.

    Show them you are not just another twerp. Deviate at you own risk.


    All this is the "ideal", but just try to get close you will be fine. Navy suit, white dress shirt, conservative tie, shine your shoes.

    You are in high school, I doubt they expect an impressive resume. As mentioned, how you carry yourself will make the biggest impression.
     
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    Classic first interview.

    Navy solid 2-button SBNL; white barrel cuff point collar; BB#1, maroon sold, or navy pin dot; black captoe, leather sole, very shiny. Belt to match. NO ps, links, or current fashion trends. Cell phone left in the car. Bring and present your resume package. Take some notes, ask good questions, stay awake. Always "ma'am" and "sir" and "yes." Don't fidget, belch, or scratch.

    Show them you are not just another twerp. Deviate at you own risk.


    I've worked in the banking industry for 6 years now. You could not possibly get better advice than this^.

    Even if you knew exactly what they wear, I would advise dressing a step ahead of whatever the norm is.

    D
     
  8. cbbuff

    cbbuff Senior member

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    and get a haircut.
     
  9. Northampton Novice

    Northampton Novice Senior member

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    Some nice slacks/dress shirt/tie. Better to be overdressed than under..

    This is fine. If you have a suit & provided you are quite comfortable in it, wear it - otherwise a well ironed shirt, trousers and tie are great with a formal pair of shoes.

    Just make sure you enjoy your internship and get as much as you can out of the experience.

    Best of Luck
     
  10. Orsini

    Orsini Senior member

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    I've worked in the banking industry for 6 years now. You could not possibly get better advice than this^. Even if you knew exactly what they wear, I would advise dressing a step ahead of whatever the norm is. D
    Thank you. I appreciate your comments. I usually get flamed when I trot out my standard rant for this dull, conventional stuff, so this is quite refreshing. (And, of course, in the glamour industries or outside the USA, things may be different.) Our hero is a clean cut young man who gets good grades, has never been busted, and doesn't get drunk on school nights. (At least some of) the competition will be hung over and dressed in cargo shorts. Anything in the direction of that very conventional setup can really help the candidate. It sure helped me...
     
  11. CJH7111

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    Thanks everyone! Unfortunately, since I'm a teenager I dont own any suits, mainly because ive grown about 3 inches a year for the last 5 years (finally leveling out at about 6'4"). However, I do have a black sport coat which i ended up wearing with a grey cardigan underneath and a white oxford with thin maroon checks with a maroon tie and dark grey trousers and black lace ups. The other male tellers were just in button downs with ties and khakis so i was a bit overdressed but im used to it because i usually am. Thanks again all! hopefully now i will be able to buy a nice suit for when i do need it.
     
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  13. patrickBOOTH

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    I would be on the safe side. Definitely wear a morning suit. Pack black tie in case you have to work late.
     
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    I would be on the safe side. Definitely wear a morning suit. Pack black tie in case you have to work late.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. GBR

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    Thanks everyone! Unfortunately, since I'm a teenager I dont own any suits, mainly because ive grown about 3 inches a year for the last 5 years (finally leveling out at about 6'4"). However, I do have a black sport coat which i ended up wearing with a grey cardigan underneath and a white oxford with thin maroon checks with a maroon tie and dark grey trousers and black lace ups. The other male tellers were just in button downs with ties and khakis so i was a bit overdressed but im used to it because i usually am. Thanks again all! hopefully now i will be able to buy a nice suit for when i do need it.

    Drop the cardigan - quite wrong.
     
  16. lasbar

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    Just take inspiration from the UBS dress code policy...

    40 pages...
     
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  18. AlexE

    AlexE Senior member

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    Classic first interview.

    Navy solid 2-button SBNL; white barrel cuff point collar; BB#1, maroon sold, or navy pin dot; black captoe, leather sole, very shiny. Belt to match. NO ps, links, or current fashion trends. Cell phone left in the car. Bring and present your resume package....


    ...also prepare a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation with a revised long-term growth strategy for the bank and present to senior management. Emphasize the need to re-organize all leadership levels. Protest heavily when the security guard kicks you out on the street. Ensure the BB#1 maroon tie still has a dimple after you get up from the street.

    Guys, we are talking about a high school kid looking somebody in a local bank over the shoulder...this is not an interview at Goldman Sachs..."bring and present your resume package"...can't believe it...
     
  19. mr monty

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    No hoodie with the hood up.[​IMG]
     
  20. Frihed89

    Frihed89 Senior member

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    No matter what you wear, if you don't know the answer to a question put to you, say, "I don't know; I'll find out." And then find out the answer, of course.
     

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