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Dressing up for job interview... what to wear?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LilTimmy, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. LilTimmy

    LilTimmy Member

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    I have never dressed up and I never really cared about style until now. (jeans and tshirts type of guy) [​IMG]

    I will be having my first "formal" job interview in 2 weeks time.

    I'm a male, 22 years old, 5'3", 135lbs, short dark hair.

    What should I wear? Where can I purchase it? What size am I?
    What color tie? Shoul I even wear a tie? shoes, what type of shoes?

    Thanks

    You can include images etc.
     
  2. Ebichuman

    Ebichuman Senior member

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    ...and you can go to the home page and read the Styleforum 101 thread which answers these and many other questions.
     
  3. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

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    If you can't find that^^^:

    -Bue suit
    -White shirt
    -Black shoes
    -Conservative tie

    -Haircut
    -Shave
    -Clean nails
    -NO cologne
    -NO jewlery(unless you are married and wear a ring. also a watch)
     
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  4. Thanks SF (a new me)

    Thanks SF (a new me) Senior member

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    ^^ everything ter1413 said..And don't be f%6&ng late..Interviewing bunch of candidates the whole week and some of them has no freakin clue of being prompt. Not a very good impression.. Good Luck !
     
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  5. staxringold

    staxringold Senior member

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    As an interviewer do you mind if people are early? Not like an hour, but say 15 minutes? I got to an interview last week pretty early and the secretary was a little kerfuffled because the guy wasn't done with his current interview, didn't know where to stick me.
     
  6. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    I don't think that's a big deal, but my practice was to arrive early and hang out somewhere close by until it was close to the time for my interview, rather than sit and wait in the lobby for 15-30 minutes.
     
  7. StumpjumperE

    StumpjumperE Senior member

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    This. (I'm an HR Manager and do a good bit of interviewing)

    Don't 'report in' more than 15 minutes early. You could be inconveniencing them. Plan to arrive at the building location 30-45 minutes early (plan for traffic, wrecks, etc), but don't actually arrive to the receptionist until about 10 minutes prior.
     
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  8. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    at 5'3", you will most likely be looking at boys suits
     
  9. FlyingMonkey

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    That really depends on his build. Boys' suits tend to be narrower in the shoulder and chest. At 135lbs at that height, he doesn't sound slight, and he may well have a build like me - short but with fairly wide shoulders and chest. Anyway, only he can tell us his measurements!
     
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  10. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    Thats possible, but in that case, he may need a boys husky.

    At his height, even a 34S would likely be too long and likely too tight. a 36s...forget it.
     
  11. FlyingMonkey

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    True, although it depends on his leg length and the balance between his top and bottom halves of his body.

    We need measurements, LilTimmy.
     
  12. buzzron

    buzzron Well-Known Member

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    Interviews are tricky! But no matter what, always dress well. First impressions still hold true. A subtle classic fit navy suit should do
     
  13. LilTimmy

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    I wear jeans size 32 (waist) x 30 (28 for perfect fit) length and medium-sized tshirts (some are a bit longer than others, but they all fit me horizontally).

    thanks
     
  14. FlyingMonkey

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    This isn't really enough to help you much more (you sound like you have a relatively short upper body but you aren't thin)... if you are in a large city, then you might find that there is a store that specializes in clothes for small men. If not, try a store that has men's, youth's and boy's suits, get measured and try things on. That's all I can suggest.
     
  15. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Absolutely right. Hardly deserves an interview if he cannot even find this.
     
  16. ter1413

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    :eh:
     
  17. mjjo

    mjjo Active Member

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    Funny sometimes people obsess about what to wear, people should be concerned more about being on time for the interview, and the right things to say during the process. What you wear definitely gives an impression, but it's what you do and say that lands you the job.
     
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    Have a few more interviews scheduled now. Enough that I might shake things up and *gasp* not wear a repp stripe power tie.
     
  19. Gdot

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    This and this and this. Leave nothing to chance. Do your homework. Be perfectly 'groomed' Everything about you should say - 'pays attention to the smallest detai' and 'takes work seriously'.

    Do, of course, put your main focus on the content of the interview. But do so by making sure all of the 'little details' are perfected so that neither you, nor the interviewer, has cause to pay attention to them.

    Most of the time if you are called for an interview you have already been pretty well qualified for the job. Don't let the little shit trip up your chances.

    Perhaps it was just my father's quirks - but he always insisted that he sized up other business men via a 'shorthand' method of checking their shoes, fingernails, haircut, etc. etc. As a man who can't flatten out the basic details of appearance is unlikely to be able to handle much responsibility. And attention to details matters a great a deal in business. Perhaps this seems simplistic. But when conducting business 'time is money' and one often has little opportunity to spend more than a few seconds to form a first impression.
     
  20. Thanks SF (a new me)

    Thanks SF (a new me) Senior member

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    this is absolutely true..tbh, I try to ignore what the candidates are wearing and focus on the process, but imo, appearance (at least my organization) adds some weight to the hiring process. It is potentially a reflection of a person's work habits. You don't have to wear the most expensive pieces of clothing but at least try to be tidy. I cannot help but noticed a candidate yesterday wearing a Black suit, French blue shirt and square toe shoes, a total fail at all levels of SF group think. But I can tell he was honest, sincere and humble. Chances are good he'll get to the next round..
     
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