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Old 05-13-2010, 09:56 AM
 
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If the place is local, go sit in the parking lot before or after working hours. See what most people are wearing. If you wear just about the same style, then it gives the psychological effect on the interviewer that you fit right in. (I've done this a couple of times. Don't know if it is the reason I got the jobs....but it made me feel more comfortable.)
This is good advice; companies are increasingly aware of their corporate "culture" and fitting in is getting almost as important as the actual skills required...
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Old 05-15-2010, 05:54 AM
 
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Parking lot was a great idea...IMO, don't dress to impress, dress to fit in...
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Old 05-15-2010, 02:28 PM
 
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If the place is local, go sit in the parking lot before or after working hours. See what most people are wearing. If you wear just about the same style, then it gives the psychological effect on the interviewer that you fit right in. (I've done this a couple of times. Don't know if it is the reason I got the jobs....but it made me feel more comfortable.)
Very good idea. It's a good idea to dress as much like the person interviewing you or hiring you. That way they'll think you have the best taste and style.

If they are business professional, then you aim for that style, if they are business casual, then you aim for that. If they are casual, don't out-casual them but you don't want to show up in a suit.

People do judge others by what they wear - but the problem with that is it's all in the eye of the beholder. Someone inclined to be quite casual can think someone who dresses "up" or professional is a stuffed shirt type.

Just like there is snobbery, there is reverse snobbery that can be just as bad. You just have to do your homework.
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Old 05-15-2010, 03:34 PM
 
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My first interview I wore a very professional grey suit. Now that I have second interview I wanted to wear something a little more "fun" to show my personality, so I'm wearing a dark purple sweater and skirt. Still professional but more me. Does it really matter if you change things up on the second interview or do employers even notice? Just curious as to what others have done.
It depends entirely on the culture of the organisation.

I would suggest asking them what is suitable to wear for the interview. you don't want to scupper your chances by dressing inappropriately.
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