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

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You can't go wrong with a formal attire for a job interview anywhere in Japan. If a company rejects you for no other reason but because you wore a suit and necktie at their interview you don't want to work in that place anyway.

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The traditional business suit -- both sexes -- is appropriate. Often the best thing to wear is that for which job being applied for. In any case, a business suit seems like the best choice. There are exceptions, of course, but it's a safe bet to go business.

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Suit and neck tie for the boys. Suit and neck tie works for the girls just as well. Plus they have three option of wearing pants or a skirt.

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Plus they have three option of wearing pants or a skirt.

Three? pants, skirt, that's two. What's the other one? Bottomless?

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I would never hire anyone wearing brown shoes with a black suit, or anyone wearing one of those shirts with a different color collar. Just no.

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I would never hire anyone wearing brown shoes with a black suit

A black suit a bit too miserable for a job interview for me. I wouldn’t go for lilac flares either but it isn’t a funeral.

Wear good shoes. Make sure you wear matching socks.

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Wear your hair in a man-bun, with scruffy facial stubble and your tattoos on display...you can't go wrong!

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I would never hire anyone wearing brown shoes with a black suit, or anyone wearing one of those shirts with a different color collar. Just no.

"Well, you're perfectly qualified, experienced and accomplished, with the perfect attitude, and you're willing to work for peanuts, but unfortunately you are wearing brown shoes. Next!"

Seems a bit of a silly reason not to hire someone. You do you, though.

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I haven't interviewed anyone face to face who didn't dress formally

However, with Teams/Zoom, I've interviewed several candidates in t-shirts. sweatshirts and a onesy. They weren't bad candidates, but when you have two similarly experienced candidates and one takes pride in their appearance, it often reflects in their work (not always, but most often). So those that do dress professionally set themselves up better.

So if you are having a first round Teams interview, dress as well as you can and smile.

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What interview? Make it a decisive monolog or announcement, that you insist in getting the job contract signed and this near at your working time and wage conditions. Additionally you can of course underline your future engagement when working hard with your new employer with a fitting fashion statement like dressing in a camouflaged uniform and unique accessories like a machine gun a front tools filled backpack, filled ammonition pouches or molles and the like. Sounds too strange, weired and to hard? Well, it's not stranger, weirder or harder than being tortured with interview questions, tests, offers of lowest possible wages and even leaving you without an immediate decision so that you probably dressed up fine and went there for nothing and finally also without the job contract you wanted so much. lol

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Hawk...

"Well, you're perfectly qualified, experienced and accomplished, with the perfect attitude, and you're willing to work for peanuts, but unfortunately you are wearing brown shoes. Next!

Seems a bit of a silly reason not to hire someone. You do you, though.

If they are going to work for peanuts then maybe give them a chance if they promise to invest in a pair of black shoes with the first paycheck.

But anyone wearing one of those hideous colored shirts with a white collar.... No way!

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If they are going to work for peanuts then maybe give them a chance if they promise to invest in a pair of black shoes with the first paycheck.

But anyone wearing one of those hideous colored shirts with a white collar.... No way!

I just put the 'peanuts' part in there to stiffen up my straw man.

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A suit.

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A clean set of Overalls in my sector of Industry which is Heavy Construction, Mining and Maintenance shut downs.

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For most jobs, a navy business suit, one or two colour tie, clean shaven and neat hair. Wear sober spectacles (bright red outsized frames won't help your cause). Don't smell of cigarettes, vapes, garlic (unless in France) or too much aftershave. To dodge interviewer prejudices, women may be wise to run with a blouse, jacket, no tie and a skirt rather than a business suit. You can only undermine the system from within, when you are hired and within.

However, if you are going for a 'creative' job, a diversity advisor or the like, you can probably wear whatever you want. If you turn up to such an interview in formal attire, they may strike you off the list. Welcome to the culture wars.

Sit up straight (no mansplaying), turn your phone off before you enter the room, speak clearly, be polite, formal (no jokes), and honest. And don't fart.

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But anyone wearing one of those hideous colored shirts with a white collar.... No way!

On "Better call Saul", Howard Hamilin almost always wore a coloured shirt with a white collar and I thought he usually looked pretty smart, although I wasn't a huge fan of the pin-through collars.

Black suit shouldn't be worn with brown shoes, of course. I know its a popular colour for a recruit suit in Japan, but I think black suits should be worn for funerals, lighten up just a little bit for a job interview.

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Anything from Suits Aoyama!

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If a job applicant is not sure how to dress for an interview........

they shouldn't be applying for jobs.

go and ask a parent or someone or watch a youtube video first

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Avoid sneakers with your suit.

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Doesn't it depend on the kind of job?

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Can't ever go wrong with a suit.

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depends on a workplace. a big corporation and a small cafe are quite different arent they?

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