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HELP! Job interview.. what do I buy to wear (I have zero dress attire)?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by greatfire, Sep 30, 2006.

  1. greatfire

    greatfire Senior member

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    Hey,

    I have a job interview coming up in one week from monday. I'm excited, but I have one problem: what do I wear?

    edit: I'm a Computer Engineering major, and this is an on campus interview for an internship position next Summer.

    I know I probably don't have to wear a suit, so pants, a shirt, and (maybe) a tie will be enough.

    Anyone have any recommendations as to which pair of pants, shirt, and tie I should get?

    Height: 6'1"
    Weight: 160lbs
    Age: 20

    Neck: 16-16.5"
    Chest: measures exactly 40", so I upgrade to a 42-44XL when getting a non-t-shirt
    Sleeve length: 36".. yes, I know, I have long arms.
    Waist: measures 33'ish inches, so I wear a 34. A size 33" fits uncomfortably close.
    Inseam: I usually get 32 when buying jeans, but the exact measurement, from crotch to floor: 38"
    Waist-To-Floor: Measuring where the tuxedo line would be, I get a 44" length from my waist to the floor.
    Mid-thigh: 19.5" around.
    Calf: 14.75" around.

    My back is a little bit hunched forward (years of carrying a school bag), my legs are scrawny, and I don't think I have an ass (though I may be average in this dept).
    What else do you need?

    What kind of shirt should I get? What color?
    What kind of pants? Pleated? Flat Front?
    What kind of shoes do I need? What color?
    Should I wear a tie? What kind? What color?

    Any other tips?

    I've been a church-goer my whole life, but since college started, I haven't been. So now all of my "church" clothes don't fit anymore.

    I'm pretty skinny, and tall, if you have deduced that already.

    Basically, I'm looking for someone to suggest actual outfits.

    Thanks!

    I don't know how dress clothes are priced, so I don't know what to set my budget at, but I don't need anything expensive, or super name brand (ie, overly expensive). The look and fit are most important, then brand, I guess.
     
  2. Jared

    Jared Senior member

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    I'm gonna call troll for anyone who posts their mid-thigh measurements but gives no details about the job. (Either that, or IT!) [​IMG]
     
  3. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    If you have allegedly been a "Church goer" all your life you do not need to ask such naive questions, give us this detailed list of your measurements yet not tell us if your interview is for a lawyer's job or a garbage collector or your budget.

    Can I suggest that you know what you should wear and just get on with it?
     
  4. greatfire

    greatfire Senior member

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    Are you joking?

    This is an interview (on the 10th of Oct) for an internship position next summer. I'm a Computer Engineering major, and I'm in college.
     
  5. broady

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    Ah, of course. We should have inferred that..
     
  6. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You won't like my response, but ...

    Wear a suit. If you're competing with others for this position, you need a suit. If it's not particularly competitive, you might -- and I stress might -- get away with a shirt, tie and dress trousers. Stay far away from polos for this purpose. Even if everyone in the office is wearing khakis and polos, job applicants are still expected to wear a suit, or at least a tie.

    You're in college, so there's some slack here. But when you start interviewing for jobs, you'll need a suit. So, if you can possibly manage it, it would be good to get one. Doesn't need to be anything fancy. Pleats or no pleats, your choice. Just make sure it fits well. If you go with solid charcoal or navy, you'll be able to wear it almost anywhere you need to dress up -- job interviews, funerals, weddings, etc.

    Good luck, keep us posted on how it goes, and don't hesitate to ask more questions.
     
  7. Man In Space

    Man In Space Senior member

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    OK, so maybe he didn't ask the question in the most effective manner but was the pile-on really called for?

    I will second Doc's advice although I will say that in this day and age for many positions you could "get away" with a sportcoat w/tie and dress slacks.
    Show the company that you respect them by dressing up.

    Plain white or light blue dress shirt (no crazy Banana Republic stripes), conservative tie (maybe red with white or blue stripes) and medium grey trousers. Navy blazer or grey sportcoat (darker than the pants). Black shoes are safe.
     
  8. Jared

    Jared Senior member

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    Company culture, the size of the company, and the part of the world they're in can make a big difference.

    I have recently done interviews for entry-level positions in IT in a mid-sized city on the West Coast. The company is around 500 staff, 10 years old, and kind of public-sector. Daily wear is jeans and T-shirts for most IT personnel, polos and khakis for their managers, etc.

    The last round of interviewing we did, the two candidates we hired were both wearing suits. The only candidates whose dress was poor enough that it left an impression were a guy who was dressed in tasteful sports clothes (like a dark track jacket and cargo pants or something) and a late-middle-aged career switcher who wore a loud tweed blazer. [​IMG]

    For the interviews I was wearing khakis, a casual blazer, and one of those BR shirts. [​IMG] I'd like to think I judged on merit anyone who was dressed at least as well as me: with either a tie or a blazer. (Although in IT we're always looking for people with a bit of business sense, so the suits probably have a big subconscious impression that they might not in engineering.)
     
  9. oldseed

    oldseed Senior member

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    navy suit from ur local dept store. like a nautica. get cuffs and no pleats on the pants.
    plain white dress shirt, no button-down collar. just a simple point collar.
    dark red tie with white stripes, or a rep tie such as tommy hilfinger red and blue stripes.
    black socks
    black leather dress shoes with laces

    done and done
     
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    I know I probably don't have to wear a suit, so pants, a shirt, and (maybe) a tie will be enough.


    I definitely recommend wearing pants and a shirt - regardless of what kind of job you are interviewing for. Even beyond job interviews, just going out in public in general - pants and a shirt are a good place to start. If I were to leave my house in the morning without pants and a shirt, I would feel, well, naked.
     
  11. sho'nuff

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    ok,
    monday,
    go to your local saks fifth outlet, nordstrom rack. get a decent navy suit. 3 button single breasted. solid navy. jack victor, should run you 200-300 dollars. check out banana republic and they have a couple of decent navy suits for starters at low prices. saks outlet has a wide selection of discounted luxury brand name ties. find a conservative (stripe? ) tie in shades of red. will run you probably between 10-39 dollars. maybe buy 2.

    make sure you get your suit tailored as quick as possible as most places have a week turnaround.

    tuesday,
    go to ross, tjmaxx, and/or marshalls and pick out a white cotton dress shirt. ck, perry ellis, geoffrey beene, polo, etc. a decent one will cost you around 17 dollars. you can buy two, one in a light blue, yellow, or grey dress shirt. make sure they are barrel cuff, not french cuff as you will have no time to fuss with cufflinks and so on. go buy a 3 pack of dark navy (or black) dress socks. nordstrom rack has a few styles from a no name italian brand that are decent at 1.99 a pair.

    wednesday,
    go to nordstrom rack, pick out a split toe, captoe, or wingtip laceup dress shoe in black. preferably a good quality one: Allen Edmonds, santoni, ferragamo. something that will last you a few wearings after the interview.
    will cost you anywhere from 69.90 dollars to 189.90 dollars for one pair.
    try to find a matching dress belt in black with a silver or gold buckle that is not big. dress size. a decent belt from the rack will cost you around 19 dollars to 24.99 at nordstrom rack.

    thursday,
    clean your shoes, iron the shirts, learn how to tie your tie if you dont know already.
    try on the different ensembles with different shirt and tie combinations in case you have to interview again.

    friday,
    practice your interview skills and review your resume. pray.

    good luck.
     
  12. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    I would wear a suit as well. I recently interviewed a few candidates for entry-level IT positions, and didn't even interview two candidates that weren't wearing suits. My feeling is that if you don't care enough to wear a suit then you don't deserve the job at least IMO.
     
  13. tiecollector

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    I remember those days, I just graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering two years ago. I came to college the tail end of the dot com boom. I got to experience some of that and was an intern for Motorola for the summer. Then the bubble crashed and I worked at Baskin Robbins, etc.

    But basically, I literally interviewed at about 30 large corporations, I'm not sure what has changed since 5 or 6 years ago but Intel in particular told me that if you showed up to the interview in a suit they would "immediately turn you away" because they wanted to "get to know YOU" and not be distracted by your clothes.

    If I were you I'd go middle of the road, I'd go dress chinos, lace up shoes, polo with a blazer. If you get an actual engineer to interview you, they will surely be dressed in a polo with pleated khakis and maybe Kenneth Cole shoes or Nikes. For an on campus interview I think they will be even more lax, the 35 year olds interviewing you will probably tone it down as well to make themselves appear younger to the graduating seniors.

    Only thing you gotta worry about maybe are econ majors interviewing you first round just to make sure you know how to turn on a computer. And its 50/50, they are either really nice and interested in the field and wish they could do it too, or they are really pompous.

    People are moving away from dressing up. I have NEVER been interviewed by anyone in a suit. Always a polo shirt and some khakis. Of course, I always go in there like I own the place. Just be sure to be confident if anything. If you are interviewing for google though, watch out, I just interviewed with them, didn't even get past the phone interview, the guy was super arrogant, I bet he was in a sweat suit.
     
  14. mano

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    Hey,

    I have a job interview coming up in one week from monday. I'm excited, but I have one problem: what do I wear?

    edit: I'm a Computer Engineering major, and this is an on campus interview for an internship position next Summer.

    Here's the recipe:

    1. If you know people in that department, ask them what the interview dress code is.

    2. If you don't know anyone, walk over or call the department where the interview will be held. Ask the receptionist/secretary/administrative assistant or even the interviewer him/herself if they're the person setting up the interviews, what the dress code is.

    3. Dress accordingly using the advise given above.

    4. Shake and serve.

    Good luck!
     
  15. tiecollector

    tiecollector Senior member

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    Yes, calling the secretary would be good to ask as well. They should be able to tell you what to wear. Actually I will take back what I said about a suit, the last company I worked for, interviewed me in suits. They were not a tech company, they had a need for a technical department though.

    I was supposed to wear a suit actually, but I called the receptionist and she said a shirt and tie would be fine, so that is what I wore, and I got the job.
     
  16. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Here's the recipe:

    1. If you know people in that department, ask them what the interview dress code is.

    2. If you don't know anyone, walk over or call the department where the interview will be held. Ask the receptionist/secretary/administrative assistant or even the interviewer him/herself if they're the person setting up the interviews, what the dress code is.

    3. Dress accordingly using the advise given above.

    4. Shake and serve.

    Good luck!


    Honestly I think you'd be better off just wearing a suit, but if you're going to use this method, talking to an administrative assistant would probably be your best bet. If i was going to intereview someone and they called and asked me what the dress code was, they'd get big "no clue" points in my book.
     
  17. mano

    mano Senior member

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    Honestly I think you'd be better off just wearing a suit, but if you're going to use this method, talking to an administrative assistant would probably be your best bet. If i was going to intereview someone and they called and asked me what the dress code was, they'd get big "no clue" points in my book.

    That's exactly the point of this thread. He has "no clue" about the "company culture" and neither does anyone else giving advice. At least one person had the experience in which wearing a suit eliminated you out of the box. Others have the opposite experience. Your personal point of view may, or may not, fit.

    In my book, calling to ask that question would give bonus points, as it demonstrates an ability to ask a reasonable question when in doubt.

    FWIW, when I was in charge of hiring dozens of Ph.D.'s in Los Angeles during the 1980's dress made a difference, but it was by no means a deal-maker or a deal-breaker unless the interviewee was, in fact, clueless. There were a few people who dressed in shorts and sandals or something similarly innapropriately casual.

    Coming from the east coast, I was more inclined to wear a suit to an interview, or at the very least, nice slacks, a tie and a sportscoat. Many of my contemporaries, expecially those from the LA area, were considerably more casual. I tended to get offers from my interviews, but I doubt that my attire was the sole reason.

    When in doubt, ask someone who knows the answer.
     
  18. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    That's exactly the point of this thread. He has "no clue" about the "company culture" and neither does anyone else giving advice. At least one person had the experience in which wearing a suit eliminated you out of the box. Others have the opposite experience. Your personal point of view may, or may not, fit. In my book, calling to ask that question would give bonus points, as it demonstrates an ability to ask a reasonable question when in doubt. FWIW, when I was in charge of hiring dozens of Ph.D.'s in Los Angeles during the 1980's dress made a difference, but it was by no means a deal-maker or a deal-breaker unless the interviewee was, in fact, clueless. There were a few people who dressed in shorts and sandals or something similarly innapropriately casual. Coming from the east coast, I was more inclined to wear a suit to an interview, or at the very least, nice slacks, a tie and a sportscoat. Many of my contemporaries, expecially those from the LA area, were considerably more casual. I tended to get offers from my interviews, but I doubt that my attire was the sole reason. When in doubt, ask someone who knows the answer.
    In his particular case, the interview is on campus, so the career services people at his school would be the logical people to ask about interview attire, but I'll stand by my assertion that a suit is the default attire for an interview.
     
  19. mano

    mano Senior member

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    In his particular case, the interview is on campus, so the career services people at his school would be the logical people to ask about interview attire.

    That makes perfect sense.[​IMG]

    [/quote], but I'll stand by my assertion that a suit is the default attire for an interview.[/quote]

    You certainly are tenacious. Are you part terrier? [​IMG]
     
  20. greatfire

    greatfire Senior member

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    Based on what I'm reading, I think I'll get a suit. If I end up being overdressed, then I can just take off the jacket, right? Or will that be weird?

    Any suit recommendations? How about buying online. Where I go to school they don't really have stores that sell suits, so I'll have to buy something online, then hope I can find a tailor. oih, I've been googling, and haven't seen any. This is going to be an interesting week. Does the greyhound stop near any good stores in New York City (I'm in Northern NY, close to canada), or wherever I'd have to go to get a reasonably priced suit?
     

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