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View Poll Results: Men's interview attire: suit and tie versus jacket and tie
Definitely wear the suit and tie. 21 63.64%
It doesn't matter. There isn't enough of a difference if the jacket, pants and tie are nice. 12 36.36%
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:28 PM
 
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I'm curious if you all think there is much of a difference for an interview between wearing a suit and tie (matching material) versus wearing a nice jacket, dress pants and tie (not identical material). For the sake of this mental experiment, assume that the pants and jacket are a similar color. Also, assume that the normal office dress is slacks and a button-down shirt (i.e. typical business casual).

I've read two rules of thumb for interviews: always suit and tie or dress above what you would normally wear. Very few offices in the US wear suits anymore. Heck, very few wear ties on a daily basis anymore. That being the case, is there a pronounced difference between a candidate that wears a formal suit versus on that wears a nice jacket/pants combo with a tie?
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:14 PM
 
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A suit is usually considered more formal. It would also depend on the industry of the company you are interviewing at.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:00 PM
 
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I don't like the non-matching look. Suit up!
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:10 PM
 
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Depends on the industry and position. The more conservative the industry, such as banking, the stronger the preference for a suit. The more senior the position, the stronger the sip unit preference.

If you have to ask the question, you should wear a suit.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:29 PM
 
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"As long as I got my suit and tie ..."
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:00 AM
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Location: Georgia
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For some jobs, a jacket and tie (or even jacket, no-tie) would be better, because a suit and tie in those contexts would work against a fundamental aspect of what you're being interviewed for, i.e., how well you fit in with the team you'd be working within. While it is always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed, it is always better to be appropriately-dressed as compared to both over-dressed and under-dressed. As part of learning about the company and division you'd be interviewing with, it pays to learn about its work culture, and dress just a bit more formal than the highest level person you'd be interviewing with.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:25 AM
 
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Depends on the industry and position. The more conservative the industry, such as banking, the stronger the preference for a suit. The more senior the position, the stronger the sip unit preference.

If you have to ask the question, you should wear a suit.
this. it really depends on the company and the industry to some extent, but a suit is always a safe option if you're not sure.

for the job i just got, i wore a suit to the first interview even though i could tell it was a pretty "hip" organization and probably had a pretty casual dress code. i got there and was proven right - everyone was wearing jeans. the second interview i worse a dress with a blazer (which i'd say is roughly equivalent to a non-matching jacket and tie), since i knew i'd be ok without a suit. good thing, cause i only have the one suit! i would have just changed it up with a different top and accessories if i'd needed to though. and when you're a guy, you can probably just change the tie and no one would notice unless there was something very distinctive about the suit.
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:32 AM
 
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What would the VP of the department wear?

I'd opt for the suit, since you can always ditch the tie if you need to "dress it down".
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:28 AM
 
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Depends on the industry and position. The more conservative the industry, such as banking, the stronger the preference for a suit. The more senior the position, the stronger the sip unit preference.

If you have to ask the question, you should wear a suit.
This.
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:53 AM
 
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I work where every day is casual day. But when someone comes in for an interview and is not dressed in a full suit and tie , we all talk about it. Suit and tie for interviews no matter what, I guess unless you're interviewing at a really offbeat place where they would see you as a square
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