Need help with a perhaps unique interview situation.

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  1. shades9323

    shades9323 Senior member

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    Here is the situation. I work in a hospital business/patient accounts office. There is an opening for a more advanced job within the same office. It would be moving from an accounts receivable position to a more IT related position. I would be reporting to my bosses boss(and interviewing with her). We are acquainted as we work in the same building. The dress code for men in my office is a shirt with a collar, slacks(jeans on Friday), and closed toe shoes(tennis shoes are acceptable).

    The job is only open to people in the building.


    Just curious if anybody thinks something less than a full on suit would be acceptable for an interview? All I have for a suit is a slightly ill fitting JC Penny special that is 10 years old. I don't have a lot of coin to drop on a new suit. On hand I have black dress shoes, light brown casual Merrell Lotus shoes, black, dark grey, and brown pants and various shirts and ties. Should I pick up a v-neck sweater to go with it or a sports coat or blazer? Thoughts?

    Thanks
     
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    shades9323 Senior member

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    Not sure how many pages get perused around here so I am bumping back to the first page.
     
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    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Can't hurt to wear the suit. Black shoes, no sweater.
     
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    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If you have the time, you can have some minor alterations done to the fit to make it look a bit more sharp. The cost shouldn't be too prohibitive.
     
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    my advice is to have the slightly ill fitting suit tailored by a competent alterations tailor.

    It will likely run less than $100 and should clean up its appearance significantly. Things such as getting the sleeve length right and adding some waist suppression can make a world of difference.

    Pair that with the black shoes and a conservative tie and you'll be fine.
     
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    shades9323 Senior member

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    You don't think a suit is overkill for a place that allows tennis shoes as everyday dress? Would a sport coat/blazer be a better option?
     
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    Quadcammer Senior member

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    nope, put the suit on.
     
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    Chase H Senior member

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    "There is no kill like overkill."
     
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    For working there, maybe it is. For interviewing, no it is not.
     
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    Wear the suit. Don't drop any cash on a sport coat. You have the black shoes. Buy a white shirt and a conservative tie if you don't have one. How poorly does the suit fit?
     

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