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Second Interview and no other suit in my closet!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Lino, Aug 3, 2006.

  1. Lino

    Lino Senior member

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    I'm looking for suggestions and opinions.

    I have a second interview next week (actually third, since I had two in a row yesterday). Since I do not have to wear suits for work and I am just starting to rebuild my wardrobe, I am caught short. I have: one winter suit that is staying in the closet; the first suit I ever bought for myself (over 15 years ago) which after recent alterations is servicable, but not interview material; and a sportscoat and trouser combo (check jacket and black trousers"‚ÄĚsave comments on the trousers for another thread ;-) ) that is too dressed down in my opinion and the cuffs on the jecket need to be shortened now that I know better. Which leaves me with the suit I wore yesterday.

    So, my options are:
    1) Stress out and try to find a new suit tomorrow that does not need too much alteration.

    2) Don't stress about the clothing and wear the same suit and change up the tie. Leaving time to remain calm, research more about the company and think about what questions I may be asked at a high level interview.

    3) ____________ you suggestion here __________
     
  2. EL72

    EL72 Senior member

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    If yesterday's suit is a solid charchoal or navy (not a busy pattern) then I say wear a different color shirt and tie (maybe shoes too) and you'll be fine. Better than frantically purchasing something that you'll most certainly regret later. If they liked you enough to invite you back, I doubt they'll be snickering: "he wore the same suit again...".

    Relax and good luck!
     
  3. Lino

    Lino Senior member

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    If yesterday's suit is a solid charchoal or navy (not a busy pattern) then I say wear a different color shirt and tie (maybe shoes too) and you'll be fine. Better than frantically purchasing something that you'll most certainly regret later. If they liked you enough to invite you back, I doubt they'll be snickering: "he wore the same suit again...".

    Relax and good luck!


    Nope, Navy pinstripe. I'm in the creative field, so I get to break away from the full on interview uniform a bit.
     
  4. maxnharry

    maxnharry Senior member

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    Nope, Navy pinstripe. I'm in the creative field, so I get to break away from the full on interview uniform a bit.

    Even so-I suspect since you applied for a JOB, they know you're not independently wealthy. Clean shirt, new tie, new shoes if you have them. Head held high and in for round two.

    If it goes well or not, I would suggest a search in earnest for another one.
     
  5. thinman

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    Nope, Navy pinstripe. I'm in the creative field, so I get to break away from the full on interview uniform a bit.

    Can you therefore break away to an odd jacket and trousers?

    I would probably still go with the navy pinstripe suit again and change everything else--tie, shirt, shoes, belt, pocket square, socks... If they want to hire you, they won't penalize you for owning only one suit.
     
  6. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    Are you in a job market? Then, you should expect to have more interviews. So it is logical that you go out and buy 2 suits tomorrow. Go out there and explain your situation to your sales rep. Have one suit altered by Sunday. I am sure they can do it.

    Unless you have odd size body, you can fit in RTW suit. It's up to you how much money you want to spend on suits. But seriously, take Friday off or call sick and go out there and get suits dude!
     
  7. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    Uh, he may not need two more suits MilanoStyle. One is perfectly fine until he GETS the job.
     
  8. onthelistbaby

    onthelistbaby New Member

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    I agree. Wear the pinstripe again, change up the accessories, but you might as well get another decent suit - or at least an odd coat and pants that you'd feel comfortable interviewing in.
     
  9. thinman

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    I agree. Wear the pinstripe again, change up the accessories, but you might as well get another decent suit - or at least an odd coat and pants that you'd feel comfortable interviewing in.


    Good follow-up advice. After the second interview, shop aggressively for a second suit and odd jacket/trousers you're comfortable wearing. You don't want to repeat this experience, but you also don't want to rush into a major purchase like a suit.
     
  10. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    Uh, he may not need two more suits MilanoStyle. One is perfectly fine until he GETS the job.

    One is good, better than none, for sure. But, like I said. If you are in a job market, you are likely going to get more job interviews. It is all matter of how style conscious person you are. The least thing I want to worry about in the job interview is "are they going to notice that I am wearing the same suit as the last time?"
     
  11. Lino

    Lino Senior member

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    Going to get the odd Jacket I have altered and in the future perhaps use that for the first interview, so I have the navy pinstrip for a second.

    If these were winter, there would be no problem and I'd just pull out the navy winter weight.
     
  12. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    Wear the same suit and a different tie. This just shows that you are a serious person to the employer.
     
  13. Jill

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    I wouldn't advise wearing the odd jacket for a first interview. You know, first impressions and all that. Unless you KNOW for a fact that the entire staff, including the interview-er will be dressed down, then only a suit is appropriate. What were folks wearing around the office when you went in for the first interview? Take your cue from that. IMO, your best bet would be a different colored shirt AND tie to create a completely different look. Then start shopping ASAP for that solid gray interview suit.
     
  14. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You didn't specify but if the second interview is with different people, all the more reason to wear the pinstripe again with different accessories.

    In any event, I know men who have six of the same blue pinstripe suit and wear one of them every day. It works for them, and as long as your suit is pressed who is to know that you aren't one of them?
     
  15. StevenRocks

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    Wear the same suit and a different tie. This just shows that you are a serious person to the employer.
    I agree. Nobody said you had to have multiple suits for now, but ties and shirts are easy to buy and can change the look of a suit.
     
  16. HEWSINATOR

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    Do you remember the suits that the interviewers were wearing? I often think about this when I double up clothes. I think if you do remember, it is only guys like us that notice and take exception anyhow.- Nobody will notice/care.
     
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    Do you remember the suits that the interviewers were wearing? I often think about this when I double up clothes. I think if you do remember, it is only guys like us that notice and take exception anyhow.- Nobody will notice/care.

    Exactly. Wear the same suit again. Far better that than to dress down to avoid repetition. Then, if you get the job, buy yourself another suit. Change up the tie and wear a clean shirt.
     
  18. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Do you remember the suits that the interviewers were wearing? I often think about this when I double up clothes. I think if you do remember, it is only guys like us that notice and take exception anyhow.- Nobody will notice/care.
    this is very true! so perhap you could just change you tie an shirt so in the first interview if your wore a more conservatitive combo then this time ware something a bit loader esp you in the creative industries!!!
     
  19. chobochobo

    chobochobo Senior member Moderator

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    Perhaps I'm missing something here, but why do you need a different suit for your next interview? If it was 'good enough' to get you so far, then it's appropriate for the next one. As many others have said, fresh shirt and different tie.

    I wouldn't go rushing for another suit just for the interview, but of course if you just happen to walk into a shop and there's a nice well-fitting suit, then by all means buy it. But no pressure.
     
  20. thinman

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    I wouldn't advise wearing the odd jacket for a first interview. You know, first impressions and all that. Unless you KNOW for a fact that the entire staff, including the interview-er will be dressed down, then only a suit is appropriate. What were folks wearing around the office when you went in for the first interview? Take your cue from that.

    I agree with this. You want to make the first impression your best impression. After all, you need to be sure you make it to the second interview.
     

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