What to wear to interview

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by doctornads, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. doctornads macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2007
    Hey guys. I have a interview to be a mac specialist and I was just wondering what I should wear? Should I wear just khaki pants with a white or black polo, or khaki pants with a shirt with/without a tie?
  2. shu82 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2007
    Rocket City, AL
    Is it a company where you will be an IT sort of position? If so...tie.

    If you are going for a retail/repair type job...at least a button up.

    I know.. new world... understanding... diversity... truly thats all crap. You need to look clean and responsible whatever job you are trying for. To some people responsible means collar or even a tie.

    Don't ever be late for an interview either.
  3. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    I agree with shu82. Wear a tie, but I don't think you need to be too formal.

    Just remember, it is better to be overdressed than underdressed.
  4. saxman macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2004
    I agree with what's been mentioned. My philosophy is that you should be on par or a little more dressed up than the interviewer. I don't think a tie is ever too overdressed for an interview for an office job. A suit is nice, but overkill for a lot of jobs - especially IT unless you're going for a managerial role. Once they know you can do your job well, most reasonable people will become less concerned about your wardrobe.

    The first impression really does matter, even though everyone knows that it shouldn't, it doesn't change the fact that it impacts people at a very basic level
  5. Jay42 macrumors 65816


    Jul 14, 2005
    shirt + tie, no jacket


    shirt+jacket, no tie


    nice pants
  6. ebaydan777 macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2007
    haha congrats i have my interview on wednesday for the same position

    ill tell u what im wearing:

    grey slacks with a black collared button up and im not sure what colored tie but definitely a tie, and some dress shoes....simple but good looking and makes u leave a good impression thats what they want
  7. Iscariot macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2007
    If you overdress to the point where you're not wearing something you're comfortable in, it may make you fidget or seem uncomfortable. If you over-dress you run the risk of being too warm in an already stressful situation, and if you sit in the waiting room for any extended period you may end up with a sweat-y appearance or clammy handshake.

    I'd suggest to take something you're comfortable in and dress it up a notch. Conversely, you could take a formal outfit and dress it down a little to make it more comfortable. The most important thing is to present a clean, comfortable, unified front. Matching belt to briefcase (if you have one) and shoes, few accessories like rings, clean shaven including your neck hairline, trimmed nails, etc. Pick a solid colour, keep the patterns to a minimum (the shorter you are, the more bold your patterns can be), avoid being totally neutral in brown/grays/blacks.
  8. user13 macrumors regular


    Dec 22, 2006
    I think that formal appearance is always better. What can be better than hiring a serious-looking employee?
  9. i.Feature macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2005
    Montreal, Canada
    I think this is the best way to go. You have to be comfortable. You also should look into the culture of the company before you dress up too much.

    I remember going into an interview and having the interviewer say "finally someone who doesn't look like they're going to a funeral".

    So do a bit of research first.
  10. imac/cheese macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2007
    There are few jobs, especially in the tech industry, where a tie would not be appropriate to wear to an interview.
  11. jczubach macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2007
  12. ~J~ macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2007
    3rd Rock from the sun
    I always recommend wearing a suit, usually a flat charcoal suit with a white shirt and a maroon tie is preferred for a first interview. If you are way over-dressed compared to the interviewer, simply as if he/she minds if you remove your jacket, and dress it over a chair back neatly. I prefer to err on the side of being formal, even if it is for a retail position. Also, be neatly groomed (if you have facial hair, trim it neatly & make sure your hair is fixed and nicely cut), and wearing a neutral (light) cologne never hurts.

    Its all about how you present yourself, how you dress and how you talk and act. Be polite and professional... and good luck!
  13. Sesshi macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon
    Black polo and jeans of course. Go into the interview with hands steepled, that'll slay'em.

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