Interview….spec me a clothing style
Right, I got advised by a postdoc not to wear a full on business suit for a research assistant job interview.
I am **** loathe to use the word smasual….but I want an outfit that looks smart and academic. Maybe with a bit of ’20s flare….that doesn’t make me look like a total prick.
I wan’t my interviewers to notice an attention to detail 😀 Also, as I’m semi broke and unemployed….nothing ridiculously expensive…..eg just stick to high street shop that aren’t Hugo Boss etc.Posted 4 years ago
Oversize doesn’t suit me. In terms of matching, I’m assuming it’s still a good idea to match belt and shoes? 😛 Just different colour trousers/top?
I’m a boardwalk empire fan….and noticed this….anything smart a bit like this? (as in the sweater….no idea what it is…never worn one)???
Is a watch de rigueur?Posted 4 years agoBoardinBobSubscriber
Wear a suit. I’ve interviewed hundreds of people and I’ve never marked anyone down for wearing a suit but those that turned up in anything else automatically create the wrong impression for me. Wearing a suit has never been a requirement in any role I’ve recruited for, but a bit of effort at the interview stage goes a long way.Posted 4 years agoGJPMember
A suit and tie, with good polished shoes.
Otherwise you will look like a **** when the other guy waiting for the same interview is wearing a suit, and alternatively when the other person is in a suit and you have dressed casually you will feel inferior. How do you know your interviewer will not be wearing a suit?
If you are 100% sure the latter possibilities are not the case then dress as you wish, but if that was the case you would not be asking on here in the first place, or so goes my logic.Posted 4 years ago
Research assistant. Don’t listen to anybody advising you not to wear a suit for an interview. Its bollocks.
Black suit, white shirt and neutral tie, black shoes. Basically nothing offensive. You are selling yourself, so be prepared to make an effort.
Its your first impression make it count.Posted 4 years agozokesMember
Never interviewed anyone face-to-face (the tyranny of distance here in Oz), but a few applicants for the last job I was on the selection panel for appeared smart over Skype, before we told them not to bother with the camera (we weren’t smart!)
If it was a face-to-face, I’d probably expect a suit, or at least a smart shirt, trousers, and shoes. Certainly if it was between two candidates, and one had made the effort, all else being more or less equal, the suited one would get it.
I have never actually had a face-to-face interview in science myself (was given both my postdoc positions, and my PhD just sort of happened), but I did don a suit for my viva, which was appreciated.Posted 4 years agoMrSmithMember
Nothing worse than a black slightly shiny I’ll fitting suit, shirt that’s baggy round the waist (through ill-fitting or paunch), Paisley tie and pointy slightly scuffed shoes which let’s face it is yer average joes definition of ‘smart’Posted 4 years ago
I wold see that as a mark down rather than a plus, whatever you wear make it look like you made an effort and have an eye for detail, something that would translate into your attitude to work.
instead of ‘I have no idea and I’ll go with what others do.’saxabarMember
Sorry to deviate, but reconsider the suit. Admittedly for an academic post in a Humanities faculty, but for my last presentation/interview I wore a blue lightly pin-striped suit (not quite as city square-mile as it sounds) and was told afterwards that it was negatively commented upon (although I got the job). The Boardwalk Empire look seems alright to me, but do up the tie and make sure everything is pressed.Posted 4 years ago
Suit – navy blue, well fitting. Doesn’t matter about cost; try a slaters, m&s or tk max. (You will be able to pick something up for under £150).
Shoes, classic, polished, not glossy though.
Shirt/tie – plain shirt, plain tie (minimising risk there!)
Wear it with confidence.
That’s all you need to know; good luck 😉Posted 4 years ago
Not a black suit!!
Classic navy blue; the staple of a man’s wardrobe
Navy blue!!! LOL, they look terrible!! If you are over 60 then definately the navy without doubt – but seriously? Is anybody actually wearing navy blue suits these days?
P.S if you did want a navy one, i rekon a charity shop would be the best bet.Posted 4 years agoMing the MercilessSubscriber
Hmmm, last interview I had, the shiny shoes got me the job. Senior New Boss was most impressed and given that Immediate New Boss also had shiny shoes and liked me I got the job. The rest of the interview revolved around motorbikes, racing yachts and curries.
This might say a lot for the quality of the staff on the railway.Posted 4 years ago
Navy blue!!! LOL, they look terrible!!
LOL!!! BRILLIANT! TROLL!!
If a man is to have a single suit in his wardrobe, as is the Op’s potential scenario, it should always be a well-fitting navy blue, single breasted suit.
To suggest anything otherwise, is just ignorance 😉Posted 4 years agocrikeyMember
A bloke can look dead sexy in a suit
Hey, settle down lass…
Everyone, even IT types, should have an FBI suit.
For Funerals, Bollockings and Interviews, and navy is an excellent choice.
Suit plus shirt and tie = smartPosted 4 years ago
Suit plus shirt = smart enough
Suit plus plain round neck jumper = smart enough
Suit plus roll neck jumper = Rick Astley
Suit plus shoulder holster = James BondwhatnobeerMember
Just wear something smart that you feel comfortable. The other RA working on my project interviewed in jeans and t-shirt and got the job. Friend of mine did interview for a large technology company and said they preferred folk who didn’t wear suits, suited their ethos better. When he interviewed himself he wore chinos, nice shoes, shirt and sports jacket type thing I think. Smart, but no suit.Posted 4 years agoononeorangeSubscriber
Just how on earth can a candidate attract negative comments (further up) for wearing a suit at an interview for god’s sake?!!!! (Unless it really was awful / dirty / didn’t fit). I wouldn’t dream of attending an interview in anything less, and neither would most people.Posted 4 years ago
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