interview attire

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  1. khalilch2

    khalilch2 Member

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    I have a navy speckled tweed suit that fits me very well, however it may look a little too flashy or informal for an interview.

    I'm a second year university student in Computer Engineering, do you think this suit might be too informal for an engineering interview? I know the usual attire should be a navy suit, white shirt, plain tie, however I do not own a navy suit. I also don't have the money to buy/tailor one at the moment.

    What do you guys think? I can post pictures of the suit/the fit if you'd like.

    top: http://media.topman.com/wcsstore/TopMan/images/catalog/87J75FNAV_large.jpg
    bottom: http://media.topman.com/wcsstore/TopMan/images/catalog/87T75FNAV_large.jpg
     
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    It would help to see a picture of the suit, but unless it is way out there, my personal opinion is that it is probably ok. For reference, I am a mid level (senior by title) engineer who interviews candidates on a regular basis. I just (two weeks ago) recommended that we hired a guy who looked like he was wearing his father's suit jacket, had mismatched trousers, and some sort of horrible, casual button up underneath.

    I didn't care all that much as it was not entirely relevant to the job. I want to see some effort in regards to dress, but ultimately, I want to hire smart engineers who can make meaningful contributions to what we are doing. I made a (well intentioned) crack about the suit to my boss, and we both agreed that we should hire him.

    That said, I'm an engineer. I can't speak to the opinions of people who work in other departments who may be weighing in on the hiring decision.
     
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    I've provided pictures of the top and the bottom of the suit, but yeah I suppose engineering firms don't care too much about what you wear.
     
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    So, I would still be careful as you may very well have to interview with non-engineers, i.e., VP's/hiring managers in different departments.

    After seeing that suit... I'd get something else. That's very flashy (is "flashy" even the right word?) . I can't say I wouldn't hire you because of it, but I would certainly notice it, and that wouldn't be a good thing. If you can get a decent looking navy suit, do so. It will be needed again anyway, not a waste.
     
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    I would not wear that suit to an interview.
     
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    I must admit it does not look as speckled as it does in the picture (not as obvious), however the speckles are present.
     
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    Well, ultimately it's your call. However, you would not be wasting money by picking up a decent navy or charcoal suit. If it's an option, I would do it.
     
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    I would also have to agree with this, but who knows, maybe you can pull it off.
     

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