To suit and boot or to not suit and boot?
I have an interview in just over a weeks time.
It’s with my current employer but a totally different part of the business and in that there Londinium
Dress code is smart but relaxed in my office – shirt, trousers (not jeans) with jacket and tie very much optional.
As such I abandoned suits some time ago.
Now do I rock up at the interview in shirt, tie and trousers or is a suit the “done thing”.
The job may require a more formal dress code so a suit would be useful …. When I get the job 😉
Does it really matter?Posted 4 years agoAlbanachMember
Sorry for the thread hijack but similar scenario for me next week. Internal interview for a role within curren location – dress code for both the current role and role being interviewed for is very relaxed (jeans, t shirts, polo shirts etc). Do I just put a smarter shirt and pair of shoes on or go all out into a suit?Posted 4 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
I’ve recently been through interviews for an internal role. Everywhere at this place is relaxed (trousers/jeans/chinos and shirt is normal for me), so I remained with my usual dress code. Not least because both interviews were conducted across MS Lync video, so they could only see me from the neck up….
My single piece of advice advice – other than not dressing like a bus driver – is to make sure your demeanour and preparation is as good as it would be for an external role.Posted 4 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
If nothing else shows you’ve made the effort. I was called back for a second interview with a big American company which had a “smart shirt & chinos” type policy, so wore that to look like the natives. Pretty sure it was one of the reasons I didn’t get the job. Don’t risk it.Posted 4 years ago
Both options will look awful.
Well, if he goes for short sleeves without the turn-ups, button down collar, and a nice formal single single patch pocket, it wouldn’t look so bad, no? It’s a nice compromise between formal and informal. I’d suggest a nice light blue shirt and chocolate brown tie. Can’t understand this tizzy people get into about short-sleeved shirts myself.Posted 4 years agolungeSubscriber
Sorry but are we really suggesting turning up at an interview in a short sleeved shirt? And even worse, suggesting a tie with it? Wow. Just wow.
Suit, long sleeved shirt and tie – good
Suit and shirt with no tie – good
Trousers and shirt – good
Shirt and tie with no jacket – bad
Shirt sleeved shirt with anything bar shorts (and that is debatable) – really bad
And did I mention you should polish your shoes? Good.Posted 4 years ago
Sorry but are we really suggesting turning up at an interview in a short sleeved shirt?
I was suggesting it for the second question on the thread. The OP could wear a short-sleeved shirt if he’s worried about perspiring and won’t be taking his jacket off. Who’ll know anyway?
They’re much comfier indoors!Posted 4 years agofranksinatraSubscriber
Albanach, you could perhaps go with a short sleeved shirt and tie combo
Do that and they will think you are there to repair the photocopier
I’m struggling to think of an interview scenario that would not justify a suit, polished shoes and black socks. But maybe I am just old fashioned.
I doubt anyone has ever been turned down for a job for wearing a suit.Posted 4 years agorazorrazooMember
Albanach – who is the interview with? Can you sound it out? If it’s someone you know then there may be need to be any more formal than usual.
I agree with this. I’ll quite often sound out client dress codes before meetings and would do for an internal interview too. If you are unable to find out then I concur with dressing up rather than down to err on the side of caution, perhaps without a tie depending on what is the done thing.Posted 4 years ago
Well, if he goes for short sleeves without the turn-ups, button down collar, and a nice formal single single patch pocket, it wouldn’t look so bad, no?
It would look awful.
The same as any short sleeve shirt would with a tie.
(And a button down collar would make it worse, not better)Posted 4 years agoantennaeMember
‘m struggling to think of an interview scenario that would not justify a suit, polished shoes and black socks. But maybe I am just old fashioned.
In some ‘creative industry’ (advertising, design, media) jobs, the recruiters will actively encourage you *not* to wear a suit to interviews. Worth sounding out recruiter/HR if you’re not sure. I was gently mocked by the MD of my last ad agency for wearing one…Posted 4 years agoHob NobMember
There are plenty of scenarios for not wearing a suit to an interview. There are also caveats for wearing them, in some strange, outdated, office environments 😉
I’ve interviewed people for roles who haven’t worn them, and it doesn’t cause me any issue. If they were the best candidate for the role then that’s what matters.
I start a new job soon – I went along in jeans and hoodie for my interview. Everyone was suited and booted. There were a few others there, being interviewed for roles which they would report to me. One guy asked if I was there to clean the windows & turned his nose up about my lack of effort to ‘dress up’ into a pointless outfit, that has no bearing on my ability to actually do the role I was recruited for.
Can’t wait to see if he got the job 🙂Posted 4 years agoTravisMember
When I was in sales, I always remember being told about the First 6.
When you open the door to meet someone for the first time.
The Top 6 inches, from the top of your hair down.Posted 4 years ago
Your first 6 steps.
The first 6 words you say.
The first 6 seconds when they look at you.
During this time, an opinion is formed, so don’t make it any harder on yourself.
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