Peaked Lapel for an Interview Suit?

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  1. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    Truth: Most people will not notice your lapels, per se, but some might notice that you look different or somehow more trendy without realizing why. IF your interviewer can be negatively swayed by that, then that could be bad.

    Why take the risk?
     
  2. blahman

    blahman Senior member

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    That lapels will trigger some subconscious judgment is suspect in itself. Unless the lapels somehow contrast the rest of the jacket or completely outrageous, they are pretty much unnoticed as they are the same material as the rest of the jacket - especially when the jacket is in a dark conservative colour of navy or charcoal.

    What is immediately noticeable, is the silhouette - the overall fit - and time is better off spent on that than worrying about the peak lapels. And even then the main focus is just to not look sloppy and show that you're not at the interview for the free coffee (though apparently even that can be a gargantuan task to a surprisingly many).

    There is a difference between possible and probable. Just about anything is possible, but there is a point in probability where the risk becomes negligible. Interviewer not hiring a person because of peak lapels is one of those things. Besides, depending on the industry, company, and role it may not be a bad thing to appear a little fashion forward.
     
  3. Green Lantern

    Green Lantern Senior member

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    At an interview, show your imagination only in the tie you wear. If you are off, it can be allowed in the mind of the interviewer. Suit and shirt faux pas are harder to understand and let slide in the eyes of a person charged with vetting you to become a permanent fixture.
     
  4. gorgekko

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    Truth: Most people will not notice your lapels, per se, but some might notice that you look different or somehow more trendy without realizing why. IF your interviewer can be negatively swayed by that, then that could be bad.

    Why take the risk?


    I'm not usually one to tell people not to dress how they want but I have to agree on this. If you need a job, which is presumably why you're at an interview, why potentially queer the deal with your clothes? Dress conservatively for the interview and if you get the job then gradually push the envelope.

    That said, I occasionally do hiring where I work and I wouldn't be negatively swayed by someone dressed in a reasonable SF approved way -- but I am not most management types. I may be the only federal employee in Canada to wear a pocket square regularly [​IMG]
     
  5. Mr. Sartorial

    Mr. Sartorial Senior member

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    I feel that threads like these are the whole point of Manton's CBD thread. Learn it, live it, love it.
     
  6. Yet123

    Yet123 Active Member

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    NO one, even at a conservative bank, will give a shit.

    /thread
     
  7. Unregistered

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    In all likelihood they won't even notice.

    But why take the risk?
     
  8. GBer

    GBer Senior member

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    When you say:

    most likely in mortgages and not i-banking.

    Are you talking about as a loan officer at your local bank? Investing in CMBS? Underwriting? Selling CMBS? Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac? MortgageIT/ Deutsche Bank? Countrywide/ BofA? What is level you are looking for? Entry-level or senior? Each is different in culture and style.

    Depends on if it's a client-facing job and who your client is (Joe Public or a financial institution). Key with the interviews are to keep it simple and dress to their expectations. Some interviewers expect a certain stereotype for the position they are hiring. If you don't fit it... well they ask questions... Best not to draw unwanted attention to something not core to the job (i.e. your dress).
     
  9. Tibor

    Tibor Senior member

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    This. No one will notice. Hell, last interview series I had I wore all DB's- got the job.

    You are so cool! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. chobochobo

    chobochobo Rubber Chicken Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    I guess it depends on how you carry yourself. If you want to play safe then I guess be as conservative as you can but as others have said, if you dress smartly, no one will probably notice. I went for an interview last month for an overdue promotion, and wore a FU POW DB suit, contrast collar and a knit tie. For my last set of professional exams several years back, I wore my cheapest grey suit bought from my pre-SF days.
     
  11. IBJanky

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    NO one, even at a conservative bank, will give a shit.

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    This.

    Who gives a shit whether your lapels are peak or notch?

    myke
     
  12. Larson McCord

    Larson McCord Senior member

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    This place has these types of threads over and over and over and over again
    There probably will be no negative impact due to your clothing unless it's just outrageous but like some have said, why not just dress as low key as possible, look nice and go completely conservative. There is NO WAY that this type of dress can hurt you and it could (though probably won't) help. So just go white shirt navy or gray suit, black captoes and conservative tie. No jewelry, I personally would avoid cuff links and pocket squares too.
     
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    Just make sure you feel happy and comfortable, you shouldn't be thinking about fashion in a job interview and they wont give you a job just because you dressed well (unless it's a job in fashion!)
     
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    Truth: Most people will not notice your lapels, per se, but some might notice that you look different or somehow more trendy without realizing why. IF your interviewer can be negatively swayed by that, then that could be bad.

    Why take the risk?


    exactly right.

    you want to look like a neater version of everybody else. you don't want them to remember you as the guy in the "fancy looking suit" or what ever.
     

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