Interview Attire

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  1. InPa

    InPa Well-Known Member

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    I have an interview tomorrow with a boutique investment research firm in NYC tomorrow. I've worked the same place for the past eight years (in Delaware not NYC) and haven't been on the other side of an interview for some time. I was planning in to wear a soft chalk-stripe navy suit and am now going back and forth on the shirt color. Any thoughts?

    Thanks.
     


  2. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    Either one is probably fine, although white is probably a safer bet. Nobody ever didn't get a job because he was wearing a white shirt.
     


  3. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Call reception and ask what people in your prospective boss's position wear. Be a conservative version of that.

    Will
     


  4. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Be safe: white. Cut loose once you get the job.
     


  5. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    If there's a question, just aim for the white. You're already being a little different with the chalk stripes. Go conservative on the tie, too.
     


  6. FIHTies

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    And when you are ready to cut loose, here are some suggestions. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] JJF
     


  7. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    If it's a pimp job, you'll rise quickly.
     


  8. PeteyPete

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    White...w/ a conservative navy or charcoal suit.
     


  9. globetrotter

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    US -white shirt.
     


  10. Bradford

    Bradford Current Events Moderator

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    1st interview - white shirt
    2nd interview - blue shirt

    Bradford
     


  11. Phil

    Phil Senior member

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    I guess I work in a more creative field that most, but it would never occur to me to either wear a white shirt for an interview, or not hire someone based on the preference of a non-white colored shirt. I love white shirts, wear them at least 2-3 days a week, but this isnt 1950 anymore. Yes, you should be dressed conservatively for an interview, and well groomed, but you are honestly telling me that you would be in danger of "offending" the interviewer if you had on, dare I say a blue shirt?? I work in a field where the majority of men wear suit and tie, and often see people coming and going for interviews. I see no pattern of people wearing white shirts to interviews, more than I see people being hired because of them. I have a hand in the hiring process in my business, although I dont conduct the interviews. Over the course of 5 years, I have reviewed the applications of perhaps 100 potential employees. Not once has the color of their shirt ever come up. Every once in a while the interviewer will point out something silly, like showing up in a tshirt, or a funny hairtyle, but not once the shirt. In fact, when we go over the applications we like to look at the relevant items in the application - 1. education, 2. experience in the field, 3. previous employment, 4. references.

    Like I said though, maybe its different in other field, or in other parts of the country. Im in midtown NYC.
     


  12. johnw86

    johnw86 Senior member

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    So, if I buy the yellow zoot suit, could I pair it with a white shirt for an interview? [​IMG]
     


  13. FIHTies

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    ABSOLUTELY NOT...The Zoots are an ensemble and truthefully the yellow and white wouldnt go. The Pink, or rust OK...Not the yellow. On the serious side of the discussion... White is safest. No question. As Manton stated cut loose only when you see that its acceptable to be wearing blue, dont be silly and show up on the interview being the only guy wearing a blue shirt On the topic of Blue shirts and White shirts in general, unless they are of a funky nature should generate no special attention. They are respectable dresswear staples (sorry ernest, airflight attendant wear too.) . So its not different and if its not different it should be OK. Keep us in the loop as to what happened. JJF
     


  14. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    I don't think it's a matter of the interviewer checking off the "White Shirt" box on his interview sheet, but rather the overall impression that is made, even if it's unspoken and subconscious.
     


  15. Mark Seitelman

    Mark Seitelman Senior member

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    As someone who owns his firm and sits in the interviewer's chair, I have the following observations:

    1. White is always safe and serious.

    2. Blue is O.K. too as long as we're talking about a light or pale blue. A dark blue or so-called French blue is N.G.

    3. All of my job applicants wear dark suits. I once had a candidate without a suit coat. He made a very bad impression. I once had a candidate wear a sportscoat. He was a good candidate, and his qualifications overcame his informality. As a general rule, a dark and conservative suit works best.

    4. A conservative striped shirt is also O.K. as long as there is a much white in the background. E.g., hairline or pinstripe is O.K. I wouldn't wear a wild Turnbull & Asser stripe unless I had advance knowledge that this was acceptable.

    Good luck.
     


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