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interview on monday - don't have a suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mikeross, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. mikeross

    mikeross Member

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    applied for a job Thursday, had a phone interview Friday, and now a one-on-one Monday at noon. the only thing is that I left my two suits at college and not going back to get them until later next week.

    I was going to buy a new suit or two anyway.

    two options:
    1. wear grey slacks (tailored), white shirt, tie (no jacket)
    2. buy a new suit, wear that

    problem with 2 is that I will not have time to get it tailored (shopping tomorrow (Sunday), interview Monday)


    I would much rather wear a suit, but would it be worth it if it will look bad?
    where can I get a decent suit that will have the best fit off the rack?

    I am 5'10.5 and 155lbs (skinny, athletic).
    The position is doing accounting work at a small, local real estate company (4 managers)

    thank you very much



    edit: I am near Philadelphia and the King of Prussia Mall (many options: Nordstrom, J. Crew, Banana Republic, H&M, Macy's, Men's Warehouse, JoS A. Bank, etc., but I don't want to spend much right now because this is my parents' money and I feel bad. will upgrade to nicer suits when I start earning money)
     
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  2. Breedlove

    Breedlove Senior member

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    Couldn't hurt to see if any of those suits fit well off the rack.
     
  3. ballmouse

    ballmouse Senior member

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    Since you can't really get the suit tailored, would it be problematic to find the best fitting suit, hem the trousers, go to the interview, un-hem the trousers, and return the suit?

    For the suit, I would check on J. Crew, Banana Republic, H&M, and all the brands that target the young, skinny, athletic demographic. It's your best shot at finding a suit that fits without tailoring.
     
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  4. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    What business? A suit may not even be necessary for a low end job for which a student is a candidate. You would not be thought of any the less if you told the truth - that the short notice of the interview prevented you from collecting your suits. It is you that is being interviewed not your clothes.
     
  5. mikeross

    mikeross Member

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    basically an accounting job at a small real estate company (they own 5 apartment buildings)
     
  6. Blamm

    Blamm Well-Known Member

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    I agree. Likely that even if you find a suit - it won't fit the way you want it to and you'll be less than 100% confident wearing it. Better to wear something you are comfortable and confident in - and focus on the interview and position. My $0.02
     
  7. bellyhungry

    bellyhungry Senior member

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    Instead of a suit, see if you can find a blazer that fits reasonably well without tailoring.
     
  8. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    On the basis of this and other comments - go for Option 1 in your original post and simply explain why you do not have a suit to hand.
     
  9. mikeross

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    I've thought about this, but never purchased a blazer before. What would I look for? The only I blazer own is navy blue and I've only ever worn it with khakis to fraternity events. My pants are a darker grey, what color blazer with that? or are you suggesting khakis and a blazer? do you have a picture I could look at?

    thank you
     
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  10. Gibonius

    Gibonius Senior member

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    Darker grey trousers and a navy blazer would be fine.
     
  11. amemovox

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    Good luck whatever you choose to wear.

    There is a larger lesson here whether you get the job or not. Be prepared!
    The old saying "dig your well before you are thirsty" applies here.
     
  12. jt10000

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    Blazer is the way to go. Don't worry about sleeve length - without tailoring it will probably be too long but most people won't know.

    Don't bring up why you don't have a suit in the interview - just put it out of your mind.
     
  13. philosophe

    philosophe Senior member

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    Go to your local Nordstrom or Brooks Brothers. They usually have "rush" tailoring.
     
  14. mikeross

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    went to a bunch of places today. Brooks Brothers and Nordstrom didn't have anything under around $800. Banana Republic had a couple suits, but needed to be tailored. H&M, JoS A Bank, and a couple other places had nothing charcoal or navy with no stripes in my size (38R, 30/32 pants approx). Went to Macy's and bought this:
    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/...k-texture-slim-fit?ID=647664&CategoryID=17788
    fit me the best off the rack. the label says "color: black", I know you are supposed to avoid black, but it looks charcoal, so I don't know. website says "black texture". thoughts?


    going to try it on again tonight and double check it. maybe take a couple pics and see what you guys think
     
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  15. dorolf07

    dorolf07 Well-Known Member

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    True.
     
  16. mikeross

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    just an update. wore a light blue tie and new shoes and the suit looked really good. only problem was that I was about 2, maybe 3 steps overdressed for the interview. the job is well-paying and what I want to do, but the company is small and everyone there was dressed in khakis and polo shirts. felt kind of awkward. oh well!
     
  17. Larson McCord

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    It's rare that wearing a suit to an interview will hurt you. My company is on the casual side but a candidate is expected to wear a suit even if those interviewing are not
     
  18. razl

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    Same here. My company is officially "office casual" (while I overdress). If you show up to an interview in "office casual" you're going to the bottom of the pile (or straight to the garbage) - not just by me but by any manager (even if they are in "office casual"). We expect candidates to show up at their best, otherwise we presume they don't want the job as bad as the person who does. It's a small thing, but then again with a sea of candidates, it's the little things...
     
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