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Old 01-29-2014, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Ayrsley
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I would not be meeting with clients in my position, and when I was last at the office I saw several people engaged in a video conference with prospective clients. None of them wore a suit, and some of them were even in sales.
In my office, we are very casual - as in jeans and polo shirts casual - that's what we wear in the office on a day to day basis unless we have clients or guests coming in. Heck, even some of our executive officers wear shorts in the Summer.

That said, if anyone comes in to interview at our company and is not wearing a suit and tie, that's going to be a mark against them.

What the corporate culture of the office is does not matter, because you are not yet a part of that culture. Put your best foot forward and be professional - in an interview, no one is going to fault you for being in what is considered professional business attire.

I honestly cannot believe this is a question that has to be asked, much less debated.
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Now that I think about it ...

What did you wear during your first two interviews???

This seems like something you would have asked before the FIRST interview.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:26 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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OP, I think your interview was yesterday, right?

What did you wind up wearing, and how did it go?
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:31 AM
 
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rule of thumb is always wear a suit. I mean I used to wear a suit to a Walmart interview.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:35 AM
 
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When in doubt, wear a suit. I always wear a suit to an interview, even when everyone else seems casual. i want to make the best impression possible so I can land the job first. THEN I can worry about dressing down once I have it.

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There is a very, very simple and easy answer to this question: Call the company up and ask them. Many companies have different norms requiring this and the question is fairly common today. So just ask the company.
And you know what the employer would then say? If you don't even know how to dress for your interview, then how will you handle the interview in question?

This is common sense - don't dress down unless the interviewer specifically notes that you can be casual.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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Wow, lot of responses.

I don't normally post in here but since I work for a small casual company directly interacting with the CEO (and have done so for a couple decades) I figured I'd share what has happened here in case it helps someone make a decision

And that is: someone interviewing or meeting with our CEO is pretty likely in a suit. The rest of us in this little office and across much of the company are probably in jeans or similar. A few of the most customer-facing people dress more professionally, but we don't see any customers out of this space.

Now this particular CEO, I highly doubt he'd care if they were in a suit or just in business casual clothes. He typically wears jeans himself.

But I suspect in your case, you do the professional dress. Is it possible that would backfire? I suppose it's possible, but I kinda doubt it. We never downrated someone because they came in overdressed. I'm sure there are a few cultures out there where they would, but I think it is less likely than the alternative. Would be much worse to be underdressed than overdressed methinks.

Now, if you already didn't wear the suit before, I don't know what to think then. I could see an argument for going with what you wore to the other interviews in that case.

Good luck.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:50 AM
 
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In my office, we are very casual - as in jeans and polo shirts casual - that's what we wear in the office on a day to day basis unless we have clients or guests coming in. Heck, even some of our executive officers wear shorts in the Summer.

That said, if anyone comes in to interview at our company and is not wearing a suit and tie, that's going to be a mark against them.

What the corporate culture of the office is does not matter, because you are not yet a part of that culture. Put your best foot forward and be professional - in an interview, no one is going to fault you for being in what is considered professional business attire.

I honestly cannot believe this is a question that has to be asked, much less debated.
I can't believe it has to be asked either.

And whomever suggested calling the company to ask....LOL. Really bad advice.

Perhaps you should call them and ask how to back the car out of the driveway as well.
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:51 PM
 
Location: 6st planet from Sun
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Depends. If you really don't care so much about getting the job, go without a tie and see if that works. Otherwise, if you don't like taking risks, wear a suit.
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:31 PM
 
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I can't believe it has to be asked either.

And whomever suggested calling the company to ask....LOL. Really bad advice.

Perhaps you should call them and ask how to back the car out of the driveway as well.
Good grief. Asking the company is excellent advice and has nothing to do with backing the car out of a driveway.
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:42 PM
 
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Depends. If you really don't care so much about getting the job, go without a tie and see if that works. Otherwise, if you don't like taking risks, wear a suit.
While this reply is somewhat passive aggressive, it does contain a grain of truth. Wearing/not wearing a suit and gauging how the intervewer responds could clue you in on whether the employer is more concerned about oogling the employees' dress vs. caring more about the quality of work.

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