quick question-interview attire

I have a 2nd round interview at a prop trading firm coming up. In the first round, the interviewer mentioned that they "had a much more casual culture than investment banks, and I wouldn't have to wear a suit and tie like this (I wore a suit and tie to the first round) to work every day." Does this mean it would be advisable to dress more casually, such as just slacks and a button down, to the second round, or should I just wear a suit again because it's still and interview? Thanks

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Nov 30, 2010

I'm thinking that was in reference just to the culture once you get there. I don't think you wear a suit and tie to work at really any job at an entry level, but I would definitely wear the whole get up to the interview.

Seems to me that it would be better to err on the side of caution and be overdressed, not underdressed.

Nov 30, 2010

ehh, why not call? The one prop shop I interviewed at said, "definitely not business formal. Maybe business casual?"

When I got there, my interviewers were all wearing jeans and plaid, polo, and other casual shirts.

You want to dress the same way as your interviewer unless they tell you otherwise.

Nov 30, 2010
IlliniProgrammer:

You want to dress the same way as your interviewer unless they tell you otherwise.

Yeah? I thought it was always better to overdress in an interview. For example, most interviewers for a super day at ms/citi/gs would wear business casual, but the interviewee is wearing a suit.

Prob shops/HFs/PE shops could be different though, have never interviewed at any of those places.

Nov 30, 2010

I went with khaki slacks, a slim-fit colored button-up tucked in w/ belt, and nice brown shoes for my prop interviews that stressed casual dress during the final round.

For the ones that just talked about casual dress generally in the workplace (but didn't mention the interview itself), I went with the suit.

Dec 1, 2010

I was told to leave the suit at home. But most importantly wear what you are comfortable with. That will affect your performance. Business casual is a safe compromise. If they call you up on not wearing a suit, you don't want to work there.

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Dec 1, 2010

As a woman all I can say is... for the love of God, make sure your pants aren't pleated (and they are tailored!) , your shoes and belt match, and you don't wear a tie with your school mascot or logo on it.... I am not a recruiter, but I can only imagine anything that will almost guarantee you won't get laid when you go "out", will also hurt your chances in an interview. IMHO. ;)

Dec 1, 2010
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