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Old 09-08-2010, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Good luck on the interview. Wear the suit. Business casual is for the current employees.
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:47 PM
 
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rkb is female....the tie might be a bit much.

And I always heard that saying as dressing for the job you aspire to as opposed to the job you have....
LOL. Sorry! I don't know why I assumed this was about a male.

I still wouldn't wear a suit. I always wear nice slacks and a button down blouse to interviews (just accepted a job today!).

Whatever you do, Good Luck!
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:16 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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I have my first job interview in about 13 years next week. The work environment is casual. Even saying "business casual" is too formal. I have a suit, but was told by a friend that people aren't wearing suits to interviews these days. Any suggestions? Everyday work wear would probably be khakis and practical shoes. thanks for your help.
Wear a suit.
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:07 PM
 
Location: here
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most vote for a suit. It is probably the safer bet. Better to over dress than under dress. I have been on an interview panel for the same type of position and some applicants wear suits, and some don't. It isn't a make or break thing. I think I'll go shopping.
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Evanston
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I think dressy slacks, pretty heels, and a striking blazer are the best call here. A suit risks looking like you don't fit in, didn't do your homework, etc., and will look dowdy unless it's a stylish contemporary cut. Obviously the best thing is to ask the HR rep, but even if that person says "dress casually", I would still bump it up to the slacks/blazer look. Whatever you do, do NOT wear khakis to an office interview.
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:13 PM
 
Location: In the Zombie Room
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It seems that I remember reading an article not too long ago about this very thing. And the experts all agreed that dressing up even for a casual office was the way to go at least to the interview.

While looking for the article ... I came across this bit of advice from Virginia Tech's career planning office

Interview appearance and attire | Career Services | Virginia Tech

It seems most of the posters here are correct in their advice to you.

Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:59 PM
 
Location: here
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thanks, all. FYI, I wasn't considering wearing khakis to the interview. I was just telling the readers what everyday work attire would be like. I could wear my suit if I absolutely can't find anything else, but it is a little snug. I'm going to look for something new. If not an actual suit, then some kind of 3-piece outfit.
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Old 09-09-2010, 01:06 PM
 
Location: The Hall of Justice
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If you want to buy something new but don't want to get a suit that you won't wear to work (which happened to me, so now I have a suit I've worn once), maybe look at some nice black slacks (versatile!) and a twinset. A twinset and slacks or skirt can look nicely dressy with some good earrings or a brooch.
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Old 09-09-2010, 01:19 PM
 
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If you want to buy something new but don't want to get a suit that you won't wear to work (which happened to me, so now I have a suit I've worn once), maybe look at some nice black slacks (versatile!) and a twinset. A twinset and slacks or skirt can look nicely dressy with some good earrings or a brooch.
This is more or less what I was picturing. Yes, already did that once. That's why I have a 13 year old suit hanging in my closet that I've only worn a hand full of times.
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:08 PM
 
Location: The Hall of Justice
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This is more or less what I was picturing. Yes, already did that once. That's why I have a 13 year old suit hanging in my closet that I've only worn a hand full of times.
And then you can mix the twinset up by wearing the cardie with a button-down shirt, and the shell with a jean jacket on Fridays.
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