I am a Junior at a target and I have summer analyst interviews with a few BB banks for Investment Banking and Public Finance roles.
I have researched the topic and found that black suits are a big no-no in interviews. I come from a pretty humble background and I spent pretty much all of my money on suits and shirts. I wouldn't be able to buy a new suit.
How big of a deal is it if I wear these black suits to the interviews?
Also, should I buy a pale blue shirt along with the white one?
Suit and Shirt Color for Interviews
While students place a lot of weight on the quality of interview outfits, in the end what matters is looking put together and offering strong, quality answers. However, our users shared some advice about suit and shirt colors below. Generally speaking - grey, charcoal, and blue are preferred suit colors but black is fine especially for a student. No one expects you to have expensive or fancy suits as a poor undergrad.
You don't need to worry about the suit. At the end of the day, they care about what you know, what you can learn, and what type of person you are ... not whether you knew the intricacies of professional attire.
I wouldn't worry too much about wearing a black suit vs. navy or gray. Honestly as long as the suit fits well, your tie is tied right, and your shoes don't look like crap you'll probably be alright.
Dress Shirt Colors for Interviews
Shirt wise, our users suggest white or light blue shirts without any patterns.
White or blue shit. Any tie but red. THAT'S IT. Took me 2 mins and some common sense to figure that out.
Black Suit Red Tie Combo
Some users strongly advise against wearing a red tie to interviews as it is considered an aggressive color. However, some feel that it is acceptable.
One big thing, though, is the tie. Do NOT wear red. It is a power color. Avoid it at all costs. Avoid bright colors to begin with. Don't get bright yellow, red, or green. Dark green, burgundy, and navy ties are all acceptable and all work with a white shirt.
As far as tie color, pretty much anything will go with black but I would advise to keep it simple. red, black, blue. solid or diagonal stripes. Don't get into the busy prints like paisley, checks, plaid, etc. yet. Make sure that if you have a thin lapel on your jacket you have a corresponding thin tie.
However, maroon ties are usually acceptable. See the difference below with maroon on the top and red on the bottom.
Read more about this topic on WSO:
- Dressing for an interview: wearing black?
- Black suits: yes or no? THE definitive thread (finally)
- Black Textured Suit for interview/formal wear
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