Interview dress up help

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Hi

I have an interview with Bloomberg in NYC next week. I have been reading on the web on what to wear for the interview and there are a whole bunch of (sometimes contradicting) ideas. So I appreciate your help with this.

I am thinking of wearing the following:

From my black suit , I'll wear the pants (not the jacket though)
A bright shirt (white or similar)
A tie
A sweater vest
A formal black winter jacket (longer than suit jacket)

My questions:

1- Is sweater vest too casual?

2- I'll be taking off the jacket (it's heavy and uncomfortable to sit with) . Will I be too informal? Should I forget about the winter jacket, wear the suit jacket and have it on during the interview?

Thanks.

Comments (14)

Nov 29, 2010
  1. no black suit unless you have no other option
  2. lose the sweater vest
  3. white shirt
  4. blue/red tie.
Nov 29, 2010

Agree with above

Nov 29, 2010

Thanks.

How about the jacket? Should I be wearing the suit jacket during the interview? Can I have the winter jacket instead and take it off there?

Nov 29, 2010

You should be wearing a normal full suit, white shirt and tie. BBG is the epitome of formal business. Never take your suit jacket off during an interview. Make sure your shirt is buttoned all the way up and keep your tie knotted perfectly and tight. Shave in the AM and shave close. You will be doing this everyday if you land the job.

I would not select that formal suit jacket thing you talk about above. Wear a normal suit and an overcoat which can be removed, obviously. They will ask if you'd like to hang your coat and scarf.

Nov 29, 2010

Wear a suit, even if its black. But wear a black suit only if you have no other options.

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Nov 29, 2010
AM2501:

Hi
I am thinking of wearing the following:

From my black suit , I'll wear the pants (not the jacket though)
A bright shirt (white or similar)
A tie
A sweater vest
A formal black winter jacket (longer than suit jacket)

Thanks.

wtf

Nov 29, 2010

Yeah, always keep the suit on.

Nov 29, 2010

You should wear a full suit. If you are worried that it's cold out - it is, wear a jacket over your suit (topcoat). Black suit is fine for this interview - just make sure to invest in some dark navys and greys once you get the job though :)

YES, sweater vest is too casual for an interview.
YES, take off your jacket/topcoat, keep the suit jacket on.

Good Luck!

Nov 29, 2010

First, I call troll. But if not:

A black suit is better than no suit, and not only will the sweatervest look too casual, you'll look like a jackass. By "formal black winter jacket" you mean overcoat, right? You wear that OVER a suit, never in place of a suit jacket.

The whole "no black suit" rule is generally correct, but if the best you have is a black suit, you need to wear it - you won't get dinged for that, it just isn't the best possible self-presentation. A sweatervest WILL get you dinged. Just trust me, you won't get an offer dressed up like mclovin.

So to summarize, given the pieces you have, you should be wearing
Black suit
White shirt
Tie
Black overcoat if it's cold

Any other setup (short of buying a navy or grey suit) is a mistake.

Nov 29, 2010

It's freaking Thanksgiving sale marathon. Show some respect to the Bloomberg and buy a damn decent navy suit. It won't cost you a fortune.

Don't forget to pay a bit extra at local shop to tailor it

Nov 29, 2010

There are things you cannot control during an interview: the questions you are asked, the mood of your interviewer, travel delays, the weather, and a thousand other random variables. The one and only thing you can control and should not under any circumstances fuck up is what you wear to an interview. An interviewer should meet you for the first time and think nothing special of your attire.

Keep it classy, nothing too bold or too bright.

Nov 29, 2010

If you only have a winter coat, just go in wearing your suit jacket. It's not that cold out yet, and winter coat (ski coat style) is short, then the suitjacket will billow out underneath it, looking like a skirt, bad look. Don't forget black shoes (black socks), and a black belt.

Nov 29, 2010

Thank you all. I really appreciate your comments.

Nov 29, 2010
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