(Closed) Interview Outfits – Still classic suit?

posted 10 years ago in Career
  • poll: What do you wear when you go to an interview?

    Suits only

    Nice shirt with either slacks or skirt

    Nice Business Style Dress

    Other: Explain Below

  • Post # 17
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    Bee Keeper
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    @AnnieAAA: Well, at least the good thing about a suit is that it hides the sweat!! 

    Post # 18
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    I think a suit is the way to go for the interview process…once you land the job you can wear all sorts of different variations but for the first impression my votes with a classic dark suit.

    Post # 19
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Since I do some of the HR work at my job, I came across the notes my (female) interviewer (now boss) took about me at MY job interview. All she wrote was that I was cute and young and wore a suit.  Needless to say- I might not always be young and cute, but I will always wear a suit on job interviews!

    Post # 21
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    Sugar bee
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    Depends on what field you are in.  I’m a lawyer so there’s no question at all that I wear a suit to interviews.  I’ve talked to people who hire in IT, and they’ve said a person in a suit would get laughed at.  My bf works for a science org and he’s casual everyday but even he interviewed in a suit (and he knows a candiate for another position lost it by being too informal).  Where it’s grey and uncertain – always dress up. 

    Post # 22
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    I wear a suit 90% of the time, but sometimes they’re not as appropriate as other choices. For example, I interviewed at an art gallery, and I wore a jewel toned dress that fit much better than a classic suit would have. If you’re in doubt, though, definitely go with a suit!

    Post # 24
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I always wear a nice dress with a glassy blazer. It gets the job done!

    Post # 25
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I think the most important thing to know is the culture/attitudes of the industry/business you are interviewing with. 

    There are a few places, like IT/Computer Programing where suits might not be appropriate, but I think for the majority of “white collar” jobs, suits should be worn to interviews. I feel that the day to day clothing of office/workplace does not detacte what should be worn to an interview. 

    If a job is conservative, I wear a white blouse underneath. If the job is more casual/artsy, I’d probably wear a brighter top and add statement jewelry. I’m not saying you can’t get a job without a suit (obviously you can), but I think it helps your crediabilty as a professional. I’d rather be overdressed than under. And honestly, in offices, you rarely hear about someone overdressing for an interview. 

    Post # 26
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

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    @napabridekelsey: “glass” blazer? sounds fancy 😛

    Post # 27
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    Helper bee
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    @crayfish:  Ditto.

    In engineering, no one wears a suit to an interview.  And when people do, it’s perceived as out of place or under-confidence.  Additionally, being a woman in a man’s field… I would never ever EVER wear a skirt or a dress to an interview. 

    Post # 28
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    @AnnieAAA: Certain Dri…your new best friend. Swear. I sweat a lot as well, so I hate getting all dressed up for interviews because I hated having sweat marks on my nice dress shirt. Just put on Certain Dri at night for the few nights before, and you really, truly won’t sweat! I still wear a deodorant during the day just for a fresh smell, but I haven’t had any issues when I’m remembering to put on Certain Dri before bed.

    Post # 29
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    If you want the job, wear a suit.  It is always better to go a step up.

     

    Post # 30
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    In my opinion, it depends on your field and the company you are applying at.

    I’m a web developer, which is a more “trendy” field largely dominated by peole under-40. And I work at a children’s hospital.

    I wore a black pencil skirt, a solid purple fitted sweater, and black heels to the interview for my current job.

    And wear panty-hose if you wear a skirt!

    Post # 31
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    After reading your potential opportunity, I definitely think a suit is most appropriate. Good luck 🙂

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