Post # 1
I wore a proper interview suit last week.
The office is really casual, jeans and sweater casual, and is located in a more “fun” part of town and not in the downtown financial district and has a lofty feel to their office with bright colors etc.
The guy I interviewed with and who would be my boss described them as a “work hard/play hard” group. The staff largely seems to be pretty young and there are only 22 of them. This is for a Manager position.
Normally I would wear another full suit, but I am thinking that maybe that is too stuffy. I want to be likable and approachable.
So my options are:
My full matching suit
Skirt with a coordinating jacket that goes, but is not a proper set and, therefore, less “stuffy”
A skirt (plain color, not patterned) with a button down shirt.
Post # 3
I would wear the skirt and coordinating jacket. In the interview process, you want to be more formal than them anyway. That is the middle ground between stuffy and not interview appropriate (to me).
Post # 4
What kind of company is this? Generally, you would still be expected to wear a suit to a business-related interview, even if the company is more “fun” or has a casual dress code. I would really frown upon a candidate not wearing a suit to an interview, especially for a manager position where you are expected to supervise people.
However, I hear that in certain industries–fashion, advertising–that a suit is not such a requirement. In that case, I would vote for a skirt w/ coordinating jacket or blazer. I agree that it could be formal enough without being overdressed.
Vote against the third option in all situations. If you’re fun and want to be liked, it will come out in your personality. I’d rather be overdressed than underdressed. It’s more likely that they would hold it against you if you’re underdressed….interviewees are expected to be somewhat overdressed.
Post # 6
I would go with the suit probably, just because it’s a manager position. You could do the skirt and jacket as long as it still looks like business attire, I would not do just a skirt and button up, it seems to casual for a second interview for a managerial position. I don’t know what the position is, but I always wear suits to interviews (I work in a school) and I’ve never worn a suit to work, you just dress up more for an interview.
Post # 7
Full suit with a sleeved shirt. That way you can remove your jacket partway through if you feel it would be appropriate to do so.
Post # 8
The skirt/jacket combo would be the same skirt as the suit, and a very tailored jacket, just in a herringbone type pattern instead of the exact same solid color as the skirt.
Post # 9
I would wear the skirt and co-ordinating jacket. It will show that you take the interview seriously but have recognized the milieu of the office.
Post # 10
I’d definitely go for the skirt/jacket combo that doesn’t match. Good luck!
Post # 11
I’m in charge of hiring for my company. Even though the dress code is more on the business casual side, I tend to judge people if they don’t really dress up for the interview process. I would either wear the coordinating skirt/jacket or another suit.
Post # 12
I would say the jacket/skirt combo. As long as you are outgoing and friendly, I doubt they will assume you are too stuffy for the environment; they should just appreciate that you are trying to be professional! Trust me, I work as a staffer and interview people all day everyday! It’s always better to be over dressed than under dressed 🙂
Post # 13
I would wear a suit … it’s never a bad idea to over-dress for an interview.
Post # 14
I’d say the jacket/skirt combo as well. Good luck!
Post # 15
I also say wear the suit. I have picked people based on that fact, they could be over-dressed, yes but it shows they really understand what interviewing is.
Post # 16
I would go with – Skirt with a coordinating jacket that goes, but is not a proper set and, therefore, less “stuffy”
Or a dress with a blazer – I do this a lot at work and it looks professional but approachable. I hate full on suits.