What to wear to final Apple interview?

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  1. ividify macrumors newbie

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    I have my final interview today with the Store Leader to be an in-store Specialist. Now I know Apple has a very laid-back casual appearance. So im not sure what to wear for this interview. My first-one was a group interview where I wore khaki shorts with a Hollister button-up, unbuttoned with a white t-shirt underneath.

    Could I get away with wearing the same outfit with the Store Leader or should I wear khakis with a dress-shirt tucked in? Along with dress shoes or just a nice pair of matching shoes?
     
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    They really don't care about your clothes.

    Not bathing might be the way to go. Have you ever smelled some of the Apple Specialists?
     
  3. StvenH90 macrumors regular

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    Don't shave, don't even brush your hair. Dye your hair some odd color, with one streak of white. Thick black plastic glasses. Oh and don't forget a swig of mouth wash before you walk out, brushing your teeth takes to long.
     
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    I have to agree with rdowns, the Apple employees (at least in my area) is on the verge of untouchables.

    If I am going for any interview, I would wear a suit, throw on a nice watch, and do my George Clooney hair style. If causal, well you get the pic... I am an old fashion fart, trapped in a 20 year old body.
     
  6. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Wear some clothes. I find that always works. Wearing anything else might be deemed unsuitable.
     
  7. batchtaster macrumors 65816

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    Wearing shoes that match each other is probably the right idea.
     
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  9. FrozenTomato macrumors regular

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    Black turtle neck, levis 501 jeans and new balance sneakers.
     
  10. ividify thread starter macrumors newbie

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    "I reject your realities. And substitute my own."

    I think this is going to be up to me then. No one here is helping lol.
     
  11. batchtaster, Jul 28, 2011
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    In terms of a real answer, I would wear a grown-up shirt and trousers. Washed, ironed, and tucked in. While Apple may be laid back, you're dressing to impress them, show that you will be a good representative for the company, be chosen and get the job, not to demonstrate that you're as relaxed as they are - that will come later. A one-on-one interview is more intimate and formal than a group interview, so you should dress appropriately, as you want to stand out from and above the other candidates.

    Your shoes should still match each other.
     
  12. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    When in doubt:

    Business Casual.

    (or just call them anonymously - maybe a different office or dept - and find out.)
     
  13. Arran, Jul 28, 2011
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    I thought the rule was to dress like someone who already has the job?

    Or maybe just a tad smarter?
     
  14. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    This. ;)
     
  15. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    First off, congrats!

    When the managers were hiring to open the first Apple Store in this area, their "office" was a conference room in a local hotel. By dress, you couldn't tell the difference between any of the Apple mgmt and the summer tourists staying at that hotel. Even years after the store was open, the DM would usually do his official visits in gym pants and a hoodie because he loved to hit the gym across the street when he was done. That's a part of the Apple Retail culture.

    I'm sure it varies by the culture of each store, but at the store I worked at, dressing up (i.e. dockers and a tucked in polo) doesn't get you any "extra points", and overly dressing up (i.e. suit/tie) can actually work against you (Apple Retail culture is pretty open, but that sort of indicates that you might not get it).

    Just wear something that *you're* comfortable in. The focus is going to be on you, not your clothes! :D

    Break a leg! I loved working there, and if I had more free time in my schedule, I'd definitely go back.
     
  16. Shrink macrumors G3

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    I'm an old fashion fart - trapped in an old fart body :eek:

    Suggest pressed khakis, polo-type shirt, loafers (with or without socks).
    Just a tad preppy - but neat. Wait until you get the job to become a slob. ;)
     
  17. ividify thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well thanks to everyone who gave a "real" answer. I ended up in khaki shorts, brown shoes, brown belt, button-up unbuttoned because it's almost 100 degrees and a white shirt underneath.

    The interview went extremely well with the Store Leader and im really confident this is going to work out well for me. I'll post what happens next when they call this weekend or Monday.
     
  18. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Oh good, the 100º weather should be helpful with the body odor.

    Hope you get it.
     
  19. KingCrimson macrumors 65816

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    This. :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
  20. v66jack macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed any idiot can wear a tie, they're more interested in you than what your wearing! Maybe avoid flip-flops though!
     
  21. StvenH90 macrumors regular

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    Should smell me by the end the day, wearing business causal. I spend a good portion of my day in my car, going to various meetings. Driving around in a small convertible and with no A/C (Top is always down). I also live in Central Florida. I smell pretty bad by the end of the day...
     
  22. batchtaster macrumors 65816

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    That doesn't happen in the real world. Otherwise why does anyone ever wear anything but a burlap sack? And the company doesn't know you well enough to care about "you". You're there to make them want to know you. You're not at the plate ready to show them your stuff; you're still on deck hoping they'll let you play.

    I'm not saying a tie is appropriate for an Apple Store job, because I don't think it is, unless you're going for store manager or something. However, while it would be nice to think they were interested in the "real you" and not what you're wearing, an interview is like a blind date; impressions do count. You're trying to bed this interviewer, metaphorically speaking. Particularly when there are many people after the same job, some of whom are probably as qualified as each other. It also speaks to your ability to present yourself, represent the company, and to simply give a damn. If you don't care enough to clean yourself up in order to convince someone to give you money, how do they know you'll give a crap about the random lady having problems with her MacBook? The important thing is to show you made the effort. Because the first person who will be crossed off my list is the stoner douche with the guacamole on his neck, qualifications or no qualifications. For the same reason you don't submit your application on the back of the envelope that your Victoria's Secret catalogue arrived in. And I mean, come on - it's one day, a couple of hours tops. Suck it up and be a man.
     
  23. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    think different ...
     

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  24. Arran macrumors 68040

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    Cool. Now for the waiting game. Sheer agony :)

    Best of luck.
     

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