linen suit for job interview?

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  1. ndsleep612

    ndsleep612 Well-Known Member

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    Are linen suits (navy or dark grey) appropriate to wear to job interviews or should I just stick with the regular wool suits? Thanks.
     
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    wgiceman Senior member

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    Are linen suits (navy or dark grey) appropriate to wear to job interviews or should I just stick with the regular wool suits? Thanks.

    Stick with the wool.
     
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    Really depends on the industry you are interviewing for. But in all honesty, wool would be the safer route and sure bet.
     
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    Ask the secretary, man. Around here, it's aloha shirts (Tori Richard or better) tucked into nice dress slacks (no Dockers), and Alfani or better loafers. There's a biz climate where you're interviewing. Many greater lights than I here have said that you don't want to make a statement with your dress at the interview; you want to fit in. Look like you already have the job and are reporting resounding success. Act like it too. Go get 'em, Poinz
     
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    Keep it simple at the interview. So, never. Not even if you're applying for McDonalds.
     
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    who wears a suit to a McDonalds interview [​IMG]

    Keep it simple at the interview. So, never. Not even if you're applying for McDonalds.
     
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    How's your climate? I think if you're interviewing somewhere tropical, you might look like a fool in wool.
     
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    i live out in the desert, it seems alot of people go with no suit over a linen suit.

    linen > no suit?

    most people seem to ditch the ties and under shirts

    so whats better?

    Linen suit with tie
    Linen suit without tie

    Linen slacks with tie
    Linen slacks w/out
     
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    pvrhye Senior member

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    If you wear linen, I think you need a tie for certain to keep the formality level up.
     
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    Not appropriate, wear wool. Keep it simple.
     
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    It really depends on the job/industry. Could you provide a bit more info?
     
  12. Mr. Sartorial

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    It really depends on the job/industry. Could you provide a bit more info?

    See this is the one point that I disagree with on the face of it. Unless the business is a linen supplier, I don't think anyone can say that it depends on the industry.

    Here's the thing. Linen wrinkles. That's what it's good at. So you show up to just about any interview, and no one is going to say "Hey, sweet linen suit." All they're going to see is a wrinkly suit.

    Also, I don't care if you live in New Delhi, you should still wear wool. That's why manufacturers have created 7 oz. tropical wools. As many on here should know, wool is a natural thermal regulator, so if things get too hot it actually keeps you cool. If you're still concerned, buy one of the many specialized "cool" jackets made with a rayon blend.

    If, however, wearing a suit is simply too formal for the interview, then just wear wool trousers, shirt and tie.

    In no circumstances should linen accompany you to a job interview. Not even if it's a pocket square.
     
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    Mr. Sartorial, I like your post on floppy, all-over-the-place pocket squares—it bugs the hell out of me, too!

    In regards to the thread, as long as you dress well, confidence is the most important thing, in an interview! Just be a really nice guy, but go in for the handshake, keep conversation flowing but not obviously, and try to show you're a hard worker/all good qualities through body language (the most important aspect of confidence!).
     
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    Wool is preferable unless you are very sure linen is appropriate. Wool will not be wrong, linen has a good chance of so being.
     
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    Wool is preferable unless you are very sure linen is appropriate. Wool will not be wrong, linen has a good chance of so being.
    This. I'd wear wool.
     

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