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Interview Attire

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by InPa, Dec 6, 2004.

  1. joseanes

    joseanes Senior Member

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    I would leave the Blue shirt for the 2nd and subsequent interviews. Why? On the first day, the white shirt means that you respect them enough to take them VERY seriously. The second interview, you tone down the formality with a light blue shirt meaning you are already feeling comfortable (at home on the new place), but you still mean serious business [​IMG] But then again... thats just my opinion.
     


  2. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Distinguished Member

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    Yeah, I would wear white for 1st interview,
    Acually, thats what I did for my interviews.
     


  3. esquire.

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    Phil,

    Why take the chance. I remember a few months ago, when dritz wrote that he didn't hire somebody who showed up for their job interview in a double breasted suit with a paisley tie no matter how qualified this candidate was.
     


  4. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Stylish Dinosaur

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    Actually, what I said was that I didn't hire someone who wore a black double breasted suit and red/blue paisley tie to a morning interview because there were equally qualified candidates who dressed more appropriately.
     


  5. Ranjeev

    Ranjeev Senior Member

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    I wore white for my first interview and a pale blue for my second interview. I got the job. Concidence, I think not.

    When in doubt, play it safe and go with white although a pale blue is a close second. With the suit you're wearing, white and a simple tie sound like the way to go.
     


  6. Roy

    Roy Distinguished Member

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    Incredible. I never would have thought this is an actual issue.
     


  7. globetrotter

    globetrotter Stylish Dinosaur

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    an interview islike sellling, or dating (which is selling, too). the clothes that you wear are part of the tools you have to show your perspective boss that you will be able to do the job, be low maintainance, and fit in.


    In the states, a white shirt usually will best answer this.
     


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    Do you really think that, how you dressed influenced significantly the decision of those that hired you? I have interviewed about 30-40 people for various positions in my stores and I dont remember dress code being a major issue that would have superceded qualifications or even remotely influenced my feelings for the prospective employee. There was even a time when the candidate came in wearing a suit with the labels still on and after I innocently commented I noticed he had the pants rolled up too (poor fellow didnt have a suit and was gonna return it after the interview).

    What kind of job was this?

    JJF
     


  9. Phil

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    I have to agree with FIH here. Like I said, I have a hand in the hiring of potential employees at my company, and not once has the presence or non-presence of a white shirt made a difference. In fact, more times than not I go with the "hungrier" candidate. Someone who hasnt had the upbringing or opportunities that a more priveledged person may have had. Ive seen people come in for their interviews in second hand suits, suits with the tag still on because they clearly were going to return it after the interview. Are you honestly telling me you would be prejudiced toward them because they were sloppily dressed? If thats the case, I would hardly call you gentlemen. I actually lean toward those kind of candidates. They are going to great lengths to try to improve themselves, and I applaud them for that. It would be a tremendous shame to overlook someone who pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, someone who overcame a poor childhood because they may not adhere to some outdated 1950's (and ridiculous) notion that a white shirt means respect. Are you saying I should hire the rich kid from Darien CT. because his dad told him to wear a white shirt to an interview over the poor kid from Queens who has no idea?
     


  10. globetrotter

    globetrotter Stylish Dinosaur

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    the worst employee I ever hired wore a suit that I really hated, 3 piece brown very fine chalkstripe from a very course wool. I hired him anyway, and fired him about 2 months later, for a different reason. I may have done well to trust my instinct.

    (I have to tell this story, although unrelated - the man had studied to be a jazz musician, and then, when he couldn't make a living, gone into sales. I hired him to run sales in a couple of countries in western europe. on our first trip together, in heathrow airport, on the way home, while we are waiting for a flight he pulls out a small trumpet, leaves the case open by his feet and starts playing. I was a little astounded, and asked him what was up. he said that he needed to practice an hour or 2 a day, and had been practicing every night during our trip. since he was already playing, he kept the case around for "tips". I felt that the fact that he didn't realize this was innapropriate behavior was pretty much a death sentance. )
     


  11. leroy

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    What you wear depends on the position you are going for and the number of years of experience required for the job. If that someone is going for a managerial post with at least 7 or more years of experience and will be interviewed by head of department or something, then the attire would definitely play a part. The interviewer would want to sense professionalism from this experienced interviewee base on the first impression at the least. Whatever happens during the interview is another thing all together. Leroy Mens Fashion Tips http://www.mens-fashion-tips.com
     


  12. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Stylish Dinosaur

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    I was hiring for a sales/marketing manager, a position that will be doing face to face meetings with clients on a daily basis. If the person couldn't put together an appropriate outfit for his INTERVIEW with the understanding that it's his only chance to make a first impression, how could he be trusted to dress appropriately when meeting with clients?
     


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    I dont know, it still seems a bit harsh. When I first started in business, I wasnt the best dresser around. Didnt really know much about it. When I was hired, one of the older guys took me aside and told me everything I needed to know. The guy even took me shopping, and gave me alot of tips and pointers. Dressing appropriately is something that is learned, not something you are born with. Why would you give the job to someone who has already learned it instead of someone that might be just as qualified who you can teach about it in about 10 minutes? It really shouldnt take any longer than that. You hire him, you sit him down, and say "we require so and so clothes, end of story"
     


  14. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Stylish Dinosaur

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    I ended up hiring a different person who ended up being extremely effective, so the point is moot. My general point is that you have one chance to make a first impression, so why not give yourself every advantage by dressing appropriately? It may or may not affect the decision to hire you, but why take the chance?
     


  15. globetrotter

    globetrotter Stylish Dinosaur

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    espetialy for a position of managent or sales - if the job involves the effect you have on people, you want to see a candidate that knows the proper way to dress.

    it also implies that a person comes from the same cultural background with the ability to fit in, or at least can conform in a way that will fit in.
     


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