Interview Accessories

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  1. Seahawk

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    Hi guys, I was previously discussing some attire with you guys for some upcoming interviews I have (dental school).

    The advice was great and I went with a dark grey brooks brothers suit, it is only the 346 line though. I paid $300 for it and I am happy with that, seeing as how it is the first "real" suit I have gotten (the only previous thing was a mens warehouse deal for a wedding), so I think buying a $1000 suit would have been kind of insane...Also because I am just a college kid haha.



    Anyway, I picked up a nice deep blue tie with gold stripes and a white shirt to wear with the suit as well.



    So that leaves just a couple of things I thought I would pass by: Watch/belt/shoes and possibly cologne?


    Watch, I was thinking this Stuhrling Saturnalia(I figured the black band/somewhat conservative white face is the best thing I own that would go with the outfit):
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    Belt, I have plenty of black belts.


    Shoes, I did some searching on here and saw that everybody likes Allen Edmonds...Was looking at the Provo (black) or possibly the Lasalle (black)...Am I headed in the right direction?


    Cologne...I don't know if this matters, but I am a big fan of Burberry London and it is getting to be winter/fall so that is what I wear daily.
     


  2. cptjeff

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    Provo no, Lasalle, sure. The key here is conservative, and the park avenues or 5th avenues would be best. And black. Easy on the Cologne. Watch is a nice choice.
     
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    By the way check that the color of the belt matches the color of the shoes and don't go with a cheap belt if you wear Allen Edmonds as they have high quality leather and of you wear a low quality belt that will ruin your outfit. Apart from that Allen Edmonds is a good choice.
     


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    Dude, its a dental school interview, not a presidential debate. No need to buy a watch for it. And forget the cologne or wear very very little.
     


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    +1.

    I have no idea why you would even consider getting a new watch. There's no reason your interviewer should see it in the first place.
     
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  6. sridhar3

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    Tie: Sounds fine. Make sure it's crisp and not wrinkly.
    Shoes: Allen Edmonds Park Avenue. Don't need a mirror shine, but make sure they're clean and polished.
    Socks: Either black, or make sure they match the suit.
    Belt: Trafalgar, black dress belt, silver buckle. Reasonably priced, and their stuff goes on sale on Gilt once every few weeks.
    Watch: Something that keeps time. If you don't have one, you probably don't need to buy one for an interview. If you're insistent, the one you're looking at is fine. Stuhrling stuff also comes up for cheap on Gilt once in a while.
    Cologne: None whatsoever. Don't use cologne. Trust me.

    You're going to an interview for dental school, not to become a partner in a dental practice. Dress conservatively and just generally don't be a slob, and you should be fine.
     


  7. Seahawk

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    I have no idea why anyone would do that either....But read my post and you will see it says I already own that watch.

    I was already thinking about forgetting the cologne or just wearing the same tiny amount I wear daily. I guess I will just not wear any that day.


    The belts I own would not be near the quality of Allen Edmonds so I will look into that as well.



    Thanks for all the advice
     


  8. sridhar3

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    Apparently I have literacy issues.

    Don't forget deodorant. [​IMG]

    Best of luck with the interview(s).
     


  9. Seahawk

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    That wasn't directed at you. But thanks, I will make sure not to forget that [​IMG].
     


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    This is probably unnecessary as well, depending on what you mean by "quality"... if you mean they don't look like dress belts (i.e. have enormous "fashion" buckles, fringes, rivets, etc.) then by all means get a new belt. If you just want a new belt because you will get a certain sartorial pleasure from owning a finer leather belt, then by all means get a new belt. If you have dress belts but they happen to be of the $20-30 variety you get at department stores and are worried that will be a problem, then just stick with what you have unless they are in truly horrible shape. My go-to black dress belt is a $20 Macy's reversible (!) corrected grain (!!!) number.

    Provided there is nothing "wrong" with your existing belt, a belt upgrade provides very poor bang for your buck. I interview people all the time, and I honestly can't say I have ever noticed a candidate's belt. I'm quite confident I pay more attention to a candidate's clothing than your dental school interviewer(s) will.
     


  11. Seahawk

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    I see, the one I normally wear is the same. A probably ~$35 reversible belt...I think I got it at Belks. It has a small buckle and I have kept it in good condition.

    I have no desire to spend a ton of money on a belt so I will take that into consideration.
     


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    The fact that you're wear a fitting suit and that your shoes are shiny probably puts you above 95% of the people there.

    I went to an interview for one of the top 10 oil companies in the world...the vast majority of people that showed up wore jeans/chinos are dress shirts.
    Don't sweat it
     


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    That is perfectly fine. I work in finance and am only looking into a new belt now that my old cheap $20 one is splitting. If the interviewer notices your belt then more likely the interview is horribly boring.

    I would go for the Park Aves right now. Good conservative shoe. Last you for a while. Better to be conservative and build out your wardrobe as your tastes change (they do). In all honesty if you won't even be wearing them often I would suggest something far cheaper (although can't beat the sale going on now) as shoes while in school tend to get ruined or have to be babied.
     


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