12/30/07

For each BB bank in particular, which color tie would you choose for the summer analyst investment banking interview?

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12/30/07

white shirt.

Tie color=NOT SOLID. no vineyard vines pattern

Navy blue tie, with some type of lighter color stripes

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12/30/07

lol!

12/30/07

Think logically here... can't go wrong with a dark suit a white or light blue shirt and a tie that matches and is not overly flamboyant.

Other than that, it's more about looking put-together, and interviewing confidently.

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12/30/07

I don't think each bank prefers candidates that wear a particular color tie...i agree just look good

12/30/07

I don't know what's funnier, the questions or the responses.

12/30/07

i like light pink with some blue in it

12/30/07

The color of your tie is the least of your worries in preparation for an interview. Just look like you've put on a suit before and avoid loud colors. Still, don't be so conservative that you look like a mortician.

12/30/07

Green, bitch.

12/31/07

I would definitely say the most important part of the tie is that you actually know how to tie it properly. Actually, scratch that, that you know how to tie it and you give yourself plenty of time to perfect the length and knot a couple times when you're suiting up prior to the interview. Nothing worse than being rushed just before game time.

12/31/07

Try getting one of these:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Hermes-Tie-Wall-Street-Bulls-B...

Notice the perfectly co-ordinating trend lines: upwards with the bulls and downwards with the bears. If I were interviewing you, and you came in sporting that tie, I'd hire you on the spot.

12/31/07

I kinda think honestly wearing crazy ties like that might help you. Sure you'll piss a few people off, but on the other hand some banker will find it admirable that you have a sense of humor...maybe

12/31/07

I think wearing the tie Endgame posted would be hilarious. It's discreet enough to where the more conservative guys probably won't notice it, but you could probably get the more laid back ones to notice it.

Edit: Did not see the $415 ($425 Buy it now) price on the tie. All I saw was the $7.50 shipping, so I thought, "Hey, it's a cheap tie. I might get one."

12/31/07

That tie is truly awful - maybe good for a few laughs.

My interviews - blue suit, white shirt, bizarre paisley tie, and ninja turtles watch.

Works like a charm.

1/2/08

can't go wrong with a piano key necktie :)

1/3/08

Can you really go right with a piano key necktie? :P :)

I've always been curious about why you avoid solid colours? I always thought that the standard interview dress was dark blue suit, white shirt, blue tie with a Windsor knot.

I did my last interview in a grey suit, white shirt and a dark coloured diagonally striped tie, but that's beside the point :)

1/4/08

When you refer to the "standard interview dress" as blue tie - that does not refer to a solid blue tie.

That would look awful.

7/10/16

are dark grey ties okay or are they too close to black?

7/10/16

all are fine, but the polka dot one is pushing it for interviews

7/10/16

Agree.

7/10/16

IMO, stripes are the best. Otherwise, avoid the dots.

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7/10/16

the middle one is the obvious choice

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7/10/16

the polka dots are not pushing it at all. all three are perfectly fine.

7/10/16

Second link is my favorite. Pretty simple yet good looking, I'd stay away from the dots it's probably fine, but you don't want to risk it.

-RR

7/10/16

Go for stripes,it looks more elegant avoid dots, also for combination you mentioned above second one fits perfectly.

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7/10/16

number 3

7/10/16

white shirt, blue tie ftw

7/10/16

I try to dress for the firm. White shirt and blue tie for my most conservative places. Blue shirt and red tie if I want to make a little more of a statement. And I even rocked a blue shirt and a green and yellow tie for an interview where I knew it was accepted to dress more flashy. But the general rule is play it safe and conservative. No crazy colored shirts or ties. And for gods sake no paisley, man I hate those.

7/10/16

Pffffffffft.

Brooks Brothers, bro.

"The disdain of profit is due to ignorance."
- F.A. Hayek

7/10/16

I wore a blue shirt and a red striped tie, both from Target. One thing I learned at Yale is that the people who are the best at telling well-fitting and well-pressed shirts and ties from Target apart from well-pressed shirts from high status houses are gold-diggers and scholarship students (I was the latter and shit, if a Hearst daugher falls into my lap and starts sucking my dick I'll be the former too). Nobody interviewing you is going to be either. Look presentable and let your hustle and your resume speak volumes.

7/10/16

Just don't wear one with ducks on it! If you want some advice you can check this article out. http://www.instituteforcoaching.com/2011/11/how-to... ....It suggests some ideas on how to dress up for an interview.

7/10/16

Just get the cheapest one. You're not trying to make a fashion statement out of it. And the less noticeable, the less they'll care (they'll only care if its ridiculous, like having Donald Duck on there or something).

7/10/16

TwoThrones:

Just get the cheapest one. You're not trying to make a fashion statement out of it. And the less noticeable, the less they'll care (they'll only care if its ridiculous, like having Donald Duck on there or something).

Although if it was Scrooge McDuck they might like your attitude and hire you on the spot!

make it hard to spot the general by working like a soldier

7/10/16

TwoThrones:

Just get the cheapest one. You're not trying to make a fashion statement out of it. And the less noticeable, the less they'll care (they'll only care if its ridiculous, like having Donald Duck on there or something).


Geez. So that's why I didn't get the offer! Nobody told me you can't wear a piano tie to an interview!!

http://www.amazon.com/Forum-Novelties-Inc-Piano-Tie/dp/B0018EVCJU

7/10/16

Wow legendary tie choice....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOrI6uqS-vk

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7/10/16

Good point. I just got criticized once for my tie, it had more of a modern sleek look, and have since then been a bit weary of what I would wear.

7/10/16

Take your girlfriend, sister, or mom to Macy's or Lord and Taylor and have her pick out the tie. They'll also be able to tell you stuff like the colors that you're supposed to wear to match your hair/complexion. Women know what they're doing when it comes to fashion. Also you'll save $50 at JCP, Macy's, or L&T over Nordstrom's or Brooks Brothers. Just make sure it's a silk tie, and if you buy a suit, make sure it's 100% wool.

They're really all the same at the end of the day; it's impossible to spot the difference between an Armani and a Black & Brown. One brand just costs more than the other.

7/10/16

Disagree. They have no idea how to dress for business world. My girlfriend complains that all my shirts are the same, blue and white and I need more color

7/10/16

Bobb:

Disagree. They have no idea how to dress for business world. My girlfriend complains that all my shirts are the same, blue and white and I need more color

But a tie, for the most part, is your choice. As long as it's a business tie and doesn't have purple polka dots on it.

As long as you steer her to the right store and the right tie display, girlfriends are great for picking out ties.

7/10/16

No patterns. Navy blue for interviews.

Get busy living

7/10/16

Sincerely for a charcoal suit, those are too bright/flashy (assuming you chose the red ones). It would go into a too classic black-white-red palette.

It would be better for the white-black contrast to wear something that balances it. This means no bright colours and no small patterns. For an interview you want the interviwer to look at you, not your outfit. The possible colours could be blue (almost al tones), dark green, burgundy or pale colours.

i.e. for pattern:

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/michael-kors-stripe-woven-silk-tie/3670791?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=Dark+Navy&resultback=4400&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_12_B

i.e. for pale colours (watch all possible colours in the options):

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/burberry-london-woven-silk-tie/3189709?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=Blue&resultback=200&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_1_C

This is just my opinion haha. You have to choose what you feel fits better.

7/10/16

it is fine

7/10/16

Nice tie, you'll be totally fine my man.

7/10/16

Looks a little flashy, but if you feel comfortable then rock it

7/10/16

I personally think it's hideous but if you're a good salesman they don't care about that as much as they do your communication skills

"The four most dangerous words in investing are: 'this time it's different.'" - Sir John Templeton

"The investor's chief problem - and even his worst enemy - is likely to be himself." - Benjamin Graham

7/10/16

A bit flashy for me, but going to second what @thebrofessor said above.

Fortes fortuna adiuvat.

7/10/16

If anybody asks about your tie you can get a laugh telling them it's the MacDouche clan tartan.

7/10/16

Yes it's suitable.

7/10/16

Only if the person who is interviewing you is named IlliniProgramer.

7/10/16
CapToed:

Only if the person who is interviewing you is named IlliniProgramer.

He'll know it's me when I walk in wearing a brown/tan argyle sweater-vest and a pencil in my ear (won't be able to reach the pocket-protector in my shirt pocket under the vest). :D

7/10/16

I personally would go a little more conservative, but it works.

7/10/16
IlliniProgrammer:

I personally would go a little more conservative.

This should just be your signature. Sorta kidding.

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7/10/16

I saw Stephen Colbert wear this once (or something very similar to it) and thought it was great.

What's up, doc?

7/10/16

A yellow/blue striped tie is pretty darned loud. You northeasterners may think it looks conservative; this is what us Midwesterners think is a quiet tie:
http://www.menswearhouse.com/webapp/wcs/stores/ser...

7/10/16
IlliniProgrammer:

A yellow/blue striped tie is pretty darned loud. You northeasterners may think it looks conservative; this is what us Midwesterners think is a quiet tie:
http://www.menswearhouse.com/webapp/wcs/stores/ser...

Of course it's from the Men's Wearhouse <3.

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7/10/16

Yeah that could look good with a white shirt and a charcoal suit. I find that loud ties tend to better with charcoal than with blue or black suits. (this tie isn't that loud but just saying). Usually it's best if at least one item is a little loud otherwise you come off as "dead" - so you need a loudish tie if you're gonna go with charcoal suit and a white shirt. Yellows look great with charcoal, as do pinks/purples.

Depending on the charcoal (i.e. if it's really dark), I would actually wear this tie from them instead (it's even louder):
http://www.ctshirts.com/men's-ties/men's-woven-silk-ties/Turton-radish-tramline-stripe-woven-tie?q=usgob||TW651RAD|||||||||||||&page=2

Nothing beats going to the store and actually trying it out in person...

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7/10/16

if you're concerned about your exit ops, I'd say no...

7/10/16
new_era:

if you're concerned about your exit ops, I'd say no...

lol... because naturally this would be a dealbreaker...

7/10/16

sarcasm bro

7/10/16

That's a bit on the flashy side, but if it matches your personality then it could work....

Get busy living

7/10/16

That tie reminds me of a regatta. Avoid yellow in general and stick with conservative prints and muted colors.
http://www.ctshirts.com/men's-ties/men's-woven-silk-ties/Etal-blue-_and-white-puppytooth-woven-tie?q=usgob||TW653BWT|||||417,||||||||&ppp=65

7/10/16

I'd say it is good to go. Something I could wear to the office.

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7/10/16

Why people ask these questions is beyond me. Yes, it's perfectly fine. Here's an example of a tie that should not be worn to an interview: http://www.zazzle.com/trip_over_flat_surfaces_neck...

7/10/16

turtles:
Why people ask these questions is beyond me. Yes, it's perfectly fine. Here's an example of a tie that should not be worn to an interview: http://www.zazzle.com/trip_over_flat_surfaces_neck...
I see nothing wrong with that tie.
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