(Closed) Would you wear a suit for an internal interview?

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2783 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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 # 5
10361 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

If an external candidate would wear a suit, you should too.  Maybe you can change before and/or after?

Post # 7
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 # 10
2216 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
13094 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
9129 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

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.

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