Post # 1
I applied for a new job that is opening up in my department and I have an interview scheduled for next week. Even though it is within my own department and my supervisor knows I applied, I am trying to keep it sort of quiet from my other coworkers. The interview is just with someone from HR and the person who would be my supervisor if I got this new job (she is someone I currently work with).
Would you wear a suit? I feel like if I wear a suit, everyone will ask me what I am so dressed up for. Would it be fine to wear just like a very professional blazer with a pencil skirt in a different color (e.g. a navy blazer with a white skirt, etc)? I want to look professional but don’t want to draw any attention during the day…
Post # 3
I would wear a suit, personally, and then change right afterwards so you don’t get questions….you never know what might help/hurt you, and I think it’s always better to err on the side of caution.
Post # 4
I should mention that this interview is awkwardly positioned at 1:00 PM…maybe I could wear my suit pants and a nice top and just bring the blazer? It just feels a bit strange. I know it’s an interview, but I’ll just be heading downstairs for it!
Post # 5
I think it depends on where you work. My office is super casual (I’m a scientist so I wear jeans and a tshirt every day) so a suit would be weird no matter what. I’m actually interviewing for an internal position next week, and am planning on wearing a pencil skirt with a nice sweater. People would probably be like “why on earth are you wearing a suit for a job like this”, haha. My husband works in IT and they actually frown on wearing a suit at interviews in his company. Makes you seem too stiff/not as human.
I think it really depends on your own comany and your situation!
Post # 6
If an external candidate would wear a suit, you should too. Maybe you can change before and/or after?
Post # 7
How about keeping the jacket off until it is time to begin the interview? Would that work? That way you look less formal throughout the day.. and formal for the interview time.
Post # 8
Yes, wear a suit. I’m currently interviewing for an internal position and I’ve worn a suit to each interview. From my observations, I’m the only one who has been wearing a suit…I kinda like that 😉 I like your idea of just bringing a blazer to slip on prior to the interview. I’ve been wearing a cardigan and swapping it out for interview times.
Good luck to you!
Post # 9
Thanks everyone for your help. I think I will wear a suit and leave the blazer off during the day. It feels less formal to me because I’m so familiar with the person who will be interviewing me, but it sounds like it’s probably best to treat it as if I were interviewing as an external candidate.
Now I am getting nervous! :O
Post # 10
I just had an internal interview and I didn’t wear a suit. The supervisor interviewing me was kind enough to word the meeting invite as ” informal interview (no special attire required).”
No one that I know at my company has dressed up for an internal interview, but that might just be our culture.
Post # 11
I’d wear a suit but just don’t put the suit jacket on until right before the interview. I’ve done this for interviews before.
Post # 12
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Wear the pants and a nice top, put on the blazer right before the interview. Always, always, always wear a suit to an interview unless it’s for a creative job and then you can usually be a bit more creative. Definitely do not do an internal interview in your normal work clothes unless they are a suit already. Wearing a suit shows you respect the person interviewing you and you are taking the interview seriously.