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Old 01-10-2014, 04:40 PM
 
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I've searched, and found a lot of "suit" and "formal" questions.

But here's my question:

When interviewing for blue collar jobs, where the employees are wearing blue jeans and company logo shirts, how would the person being interviewed, be expected to dress?

Examples: motorcycle dealership, bicycle shop, etc?

I would think going in dressed in a coat and tie would be a bit ridiculous.
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Old 01-10-2014, 05:49 PM
 
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How does the store GM dress?

Just like that.
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Old 01-10-2014, 05:51 PM
 
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You still dress professionally for an interview, then let them tell you how others dress.
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Old 01-10-2014, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Dress pants, dress shoes, dress shirt.

Coat and tie are completely optional in this case, but you do need to dress above the level you expect to maintain on a daily basis.
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Big skies....woohoo
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At least dress 'business casual'....khakis, blue button down shirt, nice shoes.
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:34 AM
 
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Depends on the job. I wore nice slacks, a button down tucked in (which I felt like a total dork doing), and nice dress shoes. The lady who interviewed me looked at me like I was overdressed. It was a factory job.
Metallica shirt and ripped up jeans may have got me the job
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:42 AM
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Dress in a suit, unless otherwise told to wear something else.
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Dress in a suit, unless otherwise told to wear something else.
IMO, this is over dressing. My philosophy is to dress one step above the company dress code.

Casual dress code -> business casual for the interview (applies to white or blue collar jobs)
Business casual dress code -> business professional for the interview

In your case, you should wear a good pair of nice fitting khakis, polo or button down shirt, brown or black shoes.
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Old 01-11-2014, 01:37 PM
 
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Dress in a suit, unless otherwise told to wear something else.
Hahahaha. Yeah right. You lose out more often than winning. The rule is to NOT wear a suit, unless told otherwise.

Even at Fortune 500 companies, most people would look overdressed and stiff. I have interviewed at Fortune 500 companies. The interviewers are usually in chinos. If the interview is on Friday, they are in jeans and polo shirt. This includes interviews with VPs and AVPs.

I know a VP at a "too big to fail bank". He thinks candidates are going over the top with a suit. This is one of the largest banks in the country.
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Old 01-11-2014, 01:41 PM
 
Location: H-Tine, Texas
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Hahahaha. Yeah right. You lose out more often than winning.
Because you wear a suit to an interview?

Are you speaking in specific situations where it may be considered 'over-dressed' or in general?

If in general, that's pretty ridiculous. I wear a euro-cut black or navy suit to every interview with a white shirt and black tie - I always get complimented on my appearance.

A button-down shirt and dress pants will probably work, although I always go with the advice of MJ7.
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