what do you think is an appropriate attire for interviews? specifically for senior design positions? i’ve been wearing suits, and those interviews have been successful. but it seems like those who usually interview me are pretty informal in their attire, ie, shorts and hawaiian shirts, regardless of whether i’m being interviewed by a huge corporation or a small company. personally, the suits have been working, but i just wanted to know if there would be a less formal alternative, specifically female attire, without looking too casual.
I feel like a total idiot every time I think of this but here’s my story…
Right out of college I interviewd for almost a year. I wondered why I wasn’t getting my dream job. I did some freelance stuff while working a day job and playing in my band that was on the verge of getting signed. Yes, we played good ol’ Ministry-type industrial music and at that time I fit right in with my 2 foot mohawk and earings -n- stuff. …uahh?
I got a hair cut, got rid of the earings, bought a new suit & Tie & I got a way cool job. A few years later my wife started working at the Merchandise Mart and it’s common to swap merchandise after trunk shows-n-stuff with other buisiness. She brought me home a couple Armani Suites and a sweet overcoat. When I started interviewing again a few years later I’d get the 2nd interview every time (this sucked because all my vacation time got eaten up. I had 3 offers in 3 months from companies I picked out and now I rule the World!
The point is not to feel cool but to impress people with your professionalism. for all that the employees and owners of an organisation may wear khakhis or short or whatever, you, as the interviewee, have to put your best foot forward. they know and you should know, that once you’re an employee, you can wear what you like but an interview is a professional exercise.
always dress up for it, not dress down. err on the side of formality. you can’t go wrong. you don’t know how the other guy’s mind works and dressing down means a risk you cannot afford to take if you’re really serious about getting the job.
what size firm is it? have you had a chance to talk to anyone there? or a contact? I’d say suit but if you don’t have it, you are going to have to go with the sport coat aren’t you? that’s why it’d help if you could get a chance to touch base with someone there to ask them what they think.
worst case scenario, wear your sport coat, nice pants all spiffed up and shiny clean good luck
i’m lucky mine’s on the phone tomorrow with the ceo of a design firm in nyc
Cool blazers are in for designers. French cuff’s are too. But wear cool jeans to dress it down. You only need to feel like a jrkoff if you’ve got a tie on. You could go the Ashton-way with a loose tie around a tshirt.
yes, I can see that as appropriate for someone in your position being invited to interview with a significant amount of professional work experience and reputation in the field but I would question it’s appropriateness for fresh graduates