Wearing Cheap Suit Versus Expensive Suit To a Job Interview - Will it affect salary offered?

Lets pretend there are these 2 candidates for a specific job position.

Everything about both candidates are the exact same. The same resume, the same age, the same gender, the same school. The only thing different for these 2 candidates is that 1 is wearing a cheap suit (>$200) to the job interview and the other is wearing a very very expensive suit (<$2000).

Based on all these factors, will the candidate wearing the more expensive suit get offered a higher salary, all else being equal?

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Comments (10)

Jan 4, 2019

Fit > cost.

If the cheap suit fits properly and doesn't shine like a prosperity gospel televangelist's suit, no one will care. If either of the above are true, however, the cheap suit person may get screwed.

Jan 8, 2019

Fit over fabric is the golden rule of clothing!

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Jan 9, 2019

Within reason: in the ruthlessly judgemental world of Finance, people will notice cheap fabric and construction even if it's impeccably tailored. Less of an issue if you're chained to your desk, but something to consider in front of clients.

Jan 9, 2019

Sure...don't buy a $49 special but a well-tailored $300>ill fitting $2,000 IMO

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Jan 9, 2019

Agree: there's no excuse for ill-fitting, particularly when you're paying >$1k.

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Jan 9, 2019

I look at it like buying a Lambo but buying cheap gas and bringing it to Jiffy Lube to get the oil changed!

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Jan 4, 2019

Really depends on the job: if it's entry-level Analyst/new college grad, the pay package will be fixed. The "young, scrappy, and hungry" kid from a family who never wore suit & tie might actually have an advantage over a guy who's been thoroughly coddled by Mom & Dad in Fairfield County.

If it's a more senior, client-facing position, the cheap suit could be a deal-breaker.

Jan 7, 2019

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Jan 8, 2019

as long as it's not his "Fuck You" pinstripe suit, you should be fine!

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Jan 9, 2019