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If a job applicant is not sure how to dress for an interview, what should he or she do?


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If you're a teenager applying for a job at Mickey D's or some other fast food franchise, I'd say go for a clean shirt, pants/skirt and shoes. (Ditch the dirty sneakers.) Going for a position in an office? A pressed suit. If you're not sure how to dress for an interview, perhaps you are going for a position you aren't prepared for...

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In some offices, showing up in a suite is NOT a good move. I want to dress just slightly nicer than the people I'm speaking with that day. If they are t-shirt and jeans, I need to be business casual. If they are business casual, I need to be coat and tie. And every other job requires a suite. Being overdressed is just as bad as being under dressed. Nobody wants to be uncomfortable.

Startup environments tend to be much more casual than 100 yr old enterprise situations.

How do I know what to wear? I ask when we setup the meeting place and time.

I have been hired after telephone conversations alone. Those were the easiest interviews and it turned out the best jobs. No tie needed, just slacks and a pressed shirt daily.

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Your best bet is to do your homework. Research the company before the interview to get a feel for the culture. Figure out what the standard dress code would be for the role and company to which you're interviewing. Your appearance is a reflection of your level of professionalism, how seriously you're taking the opportunity and your level of respect for the interviewer.

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in japan you can never go wrong with a cheap black suit... even into your 50's,,,

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Research. Part of a successful job interview should very much include prep work looking into the company you're trying to get into. Googling the company should give enough info- in most cases this will just be a suit, but it might be a laid back company, or a place where a certain look can be the difference between a hire and a pass (hair, makeup, jewelry, etc).

My philosophy is that one shouldn't just expect people to tell you what to do.

Getting a job is a good time to "learn to adult" :)

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Make sure you are prepared, if in any doubt check on line, there are many sites that give examples of dress code and pointers on how to impress. Before setting out, think, how you present yourself says more about attitude, even before responding to the interviewers questions.

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Use common sense.

Tend to think there is something wrong with interviewees losing sleep over what to wear/ not to wear at tmrw's itw i.e they should know the industry well enough to avoid a 'fashion faux-pas'. Can't go wrong with well groomed, neat and professional anyway even for pseudo-cool/trendy start-ups or other creative biz.

Then if you aren't hired because of the colour of your tie/suit, the company you were interviewing with was probably a s*hole that placed far too much emphasis on trivial things. In other words, good riddance!

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in japan you can never go wrong with a cheap black suit... even into your 50's,,,

OK if you're expecting a cheap black job. Pretty sad, though, in one's 50s.

If you don't have a suit, chances are you don't see yourself in one, so don't apply for a job that requires it. However an architect friend working in a classist region is expected to roll up in a suit, which he hates.

If my clients are suit people, I might choose to out-dress them, with French cuffs and pocket square. If they're jeans people, I wear chinos, a patterned button-down shirt and maybe blue suede brogues. As theFu suggests, dressing slightly smarter than your counterparts will always hold you in good stead.

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Suit and tie, manicure and haircut, breath mint and you're all set

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He or she should join the military because they're told what to wear every day and don't have to make such difficult,, paralyzing decisions.

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