First (real job/career) interview.. attire?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If the day to day is typically business casual or business attire, definitely wear a suit.  Even in an engineering environment where I work and people are anywhere from shorts and a tee shirt to business casual, interviewees are ALWAYS in suits.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Mismatched separates are ok if the environment is more casual. In this case, since you’re moving from a more causal environment to a professional one, I would recommend a suit. The limited tends to run true to size, similar to express or NY & co. The nice thing is if you go solid black or solid gray, you can wear the pieces again, either as a suit or broken up. Since it’s spring, I’d personally go with their gray suit, but you can’t go wrong with black either.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I would absolutely wear a suit! Some advice/ feedback I got from my med school interviewers was to avoid black- go for grey/navy because apparently black is too funeral ish. Also! Sad but true, a woman is more likely to get a professional job if she wears a skirt to an interview. It’s dumb and sexist- but they have done studies, and if it works, it works 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

MichiganGirl24: Personally, I think mismatching will be okay. I am a teacher and when I went on my interview (in the summer), I wore a khaki jacket with black pants. I really don’t like fully matched suits and a lot of the other interviewees dressed similarly to me. Good luck.  

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

You can get away with not wearing a suit if you look professional.  Schools are not exactly bastions of business attire.  Teachers at my school wear things like, oh, leggings and a long sweater.  Or khakis and a sweatshirt.  Most of them wear “contemporary casual” clothes, and the school psychologist generally wears suit-ish outfits.  

Are you coming to work in my district????  Our school psychologist is moving on…

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

MichiganGirl24:  I’m naturally more of a skirt girl so it really isn’t an issue for me! But a classy pant suit with some nice detail would be good too! I wore a skirt suit from the limited with a tulip flared skirt and a jacket with a bow and a lime green striped shell to my med school interviews and I got into my dream school, so the outfit must have cut it!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’d do a skirt suit, closed toe pumps and a pretty blouse. Add some personality with a fun necklace or scarf. Get a manicure. Wear full but subtle makeup. Make sure you have a decent bag big enought to hold copIRS of yourresume, a notepad, etc. I always carry a business card holder, too. Being floss, breath mints, a decent pen, stain remover, etc. Good luck!

 

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

HR and Recruiter here. For my personal interviews, I alway tend to go as professional as I can, blouse, pants and blazer. Clean, well kept shoes, clean well kept nails (or very very classic neutral polish), minimal jewelry, light makeup and no perfume. I tend to go by the saying ‘dress one level above the environment.’ I’m also in the camp to hide piercings and tattos (I have an industrial barbell in my one ear and I always hide it for interviews. I’m weird like that and I don’t really expect others to).

What I tend to look for in interviewees is someone clean and  who has taken care to put their best foot forward. Based on what you’ve said, I’d go with the dress pants, blouse and blazer. The mismatched pieces will work, one piece of advice is stick with neutral colours. 

Otherwise, good luck!! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

MichiganGirl24:  Interview for professional job always equals matching suit. It shows you’re serious about the job and you will dress appropriately for day to day work. Always better to dress up than down imo.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve hired quite a few people in the course of my career. The way I look at it is if a candidate is not willing to make the utmost effort to impress during the interview, they will definitely not be giving their all if actually hired. So dress as professionally as possible. To me, that means a suit and conservative accessories.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

I’ve hired before and I think a mismatched suit is fine as long as long as it looks well put-together and sharp. I think a small amount of style (small! Not to much!) can make you look more polished and confident versus a really boring blah suit with no personality whatsoever. You could post some pics maybe? 

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