Interview: Told to dress casual

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PM seemed laid back. Said to dress casual and meet at a bertuccis to talk over a meal.

I'm thinking dress shirt + khakis/chinos and no tie. Thoughts?

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Comments (25)

Jun 13, 2013

Good idea. Sounds like the right attire to me.

Jun 13, 2013

I would add a navy blue blazer.

Jun 13, 2013

tall tee+jordans+flat bill+chain

Jun 13, 2013

east coast or west coast casual?

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Jun 13, 2013

east coast (not nyc)

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Jun 13, 2013

Why don't you just wear what he told you to wear? Am I missing something?

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Jun 13, 2013

This is a troll question

Jun 13, 2013

It is a trick, suit up or you will be effed. Same thing happened to a buddy of mine for his GS superday

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Jun 13, 2013
PhilCollins:

It is a trick, suit up or you will be effed. Same thing happened to a buddy of mine for his GS superday

Someone at Goldman Sachs convinced your friend that they wear golf shirts to work?

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Jun 13, 2013

Don't wear a gold shirt, polo or a tie. Khakis and a nice shirt with a blazer would do.

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Jun 13, 2013

Strut into the room completely naked, tell your interviewer that you thought the instruction was to come in casually undressed. Fortune favors the bold. Easy offer.

Seriously though, seeing that you've been posting for a while you should know better.

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Jun 13, 2013

You may not want to do this but I wore khakis, blazer, white shirt and a light blue paisley tie. The ladies loved it and the interviewer complimented my dress. If it explicitly said 'suits are not necessary' then don't wear a suit unless you think others will ignore that as well.

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Jun 13, 2013

Khakis, a nice button-down shirt, and a cashmere sweater (no jacket, no tie).

If (judging from the web site), some of them wear polos to work, then that's what I'd wear since it's not too casual, but definitely not too dressy.

Jun 13, 2013

I definitely wouldn't wear a polo. Weather aside, a dress shirt is always going to be okay at a firm where they wear polos, and you still want to err on the side of dressy.

I was going to make the same suggestion as alexpasch (dress shirt, sweater, chinos), but I think happypants's suggestion with no tie would work fine, too. If they specified "casual," a tie runs the risk of being too much, and you're not actually going to take it off when you get there. Your suit with no tie idea would work, but I might tone it down and go with chinos or grey slacks and a blazer with a white or blue shirt, no tie.

Jun 13, 2013

If you're overdressed, you can always take off the tie and jacket, but there's no way to compensate if you're under dressed.

Jun 13, 2013
Jun 13, 2013

neither...

Jun 13, 2013

Tough call. I think you are fine either way. If you wear business casual you are following the directions. If you wear the suit that might indicate you are taking the interview more seriously. I would probably just wear bus casual though. You could probably throw on a tie with a dress shirt and still meet the business casual criteria, although the people working there probably are not wearing ties.

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Jun 13, 2013

Agreed...this is tough and not standard. You might want to wear a tie with no suit jacket, or a suit with no tie...both seem appropriate for business casual without taking the risk of not fitting in.

Jun 13, 2013

yup

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