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10 August 2004 @ 12:05 pm
Here's an interesting question  
What do i wear to the lunch-interview tomorrow?

It seems pretty informal, but more importantly, i've worked with at least one of the people who will be there for over a year, so he damn well knows what i usually wear to work. Not that what i wear is really different from what anyone else in the industry wears, but if the intent of dressing up is to fool them into thinking you're someone you're not, it certainly won't work on him :)
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Thaisathaisa on August 10th, 2004 12:15 pm (UTC)
I'd still go with pretty nice clothes, even if you're dressed casually. It shows you take it seriously, you know?
DonAithnendonaithnen on August 11th, 2004 12:38 am (UTC)
I'm still not entirely sure what "pretty nice clothes" even if i'm "dressed casually" means :) But i will tuck my shirt in like you suggested. And add a belt. For some reason my pants have been trying to escape today =P
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on August 10th, 2004 01:04 pm (UTC)
There's no harm in looking nice - clean shorts or khaki pants, collared (polo) shirt, tidy clean hair, shoes that aren't falling apart.

The intent of dressing up for an interview is to show them you're serious.
DonAithnendonaithnen on August 11th, 2004 12:39 am (UTC)
shorts _or_ khaki pants? Are jeans not included? I would think jeans woud be dressier than shorts. And rather than my usual shower, i was planning on going out and rolling around in the mud, but i guess perhaps i'll skip that on your advice ;) My choices for shoes that aren't falling apart are birkenstocks (with or without socks) and boots. Any suggestions? :)
Dieppedieppe on August 10th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC)
Suit, I'd say... or the best thing you have. Ya gotta show you're serious for the interview even if you wore shorts the rest of the time you worked there... :)

At the very least it gives the impression that you actually care enough to want the job.... Even if they are business casual or jeans or... yeah... :)
DonAithnendonaithnen on August 11th, 2004 12:40 am (UTC)
I'm not wearing a suit. I've worn a suit to two interviews at game companies before. I don't remember the particular order but one of them said "Oh, we forgot to tell you not to wear a suit, sorry." and the other just looked at me funny and said "why are you wearing a suit?" Maybe it made an impression on them anyway, but it also made me feel akward. I'm willing to dress up some, but no jacket and no tie.
Dieppedieppe on August 11th, 2004 01:08 am (UTC)
Hmmmmmmmmmm.... well then maybe no suit in that caes, but yeah dress up a little at least... :) Good luck!
Kirinkirinn on August 10th, 2004 02:28 pm (UTC)
Re: the previous three comments...
This is one thing I'll just never "get" about our society. I'm not denying that it's true nor conradicting their recommendations. It's just that, well, I can be just as serious in comfy clothes as in a suit. The whole system strikes me as a silly, anachronistic set of short-hand symbolism. I wish we could find something better, but it's hard to "agree" to changes to a set of customs/symbols that have been so ingrained that people tend to evaluate them subconsciously. Ah well.
Dieppe: Dancing Strongbaddieppe on August 10th, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC)
I agree... Completely. I would never get a job where I had to wear a suit.

To me though, a job interview is like a first date.. Maybe even more important than a first date in that here is the one time you get to "impress" your date because it is basically your first time meeting. SO even though in said "relationship" you'll both be lounging around wearing jeans and t-shirts and being comfy, in that moment of first impression when you don't want to pass gas, or belch, or talk about your exes or have your parents show up...

Of course first impressions are hard to make for dating... but a least for a job interview you have that one chance and you know when it'll happen. Meeting people---ya just gotta luck out. :)

Just my 2 cents...
DonAithnendonaithnen on August 11th, 2004 12:40 am (UTC)
I'm mostly in agreement with you. Dressing up can make you feel different, but that's mostly psychological i think. Spending time to figure out which dockers and button up shirt to wear results in pretty much the same feelings as a full suit, and is a lot more comfortable :) I also get somewhat of the same feeling when dressing up for clubbing, which probably would not be good attire for an interview :)
academicerrificmerchimerch on August 10th, 2004 06:27 pm (UTC)
My dad always says dress for the job you want, not the job you have. I would say at least go for business casual (i.e. a button down shirt and slacks that aren't jeans). That way if the guy shows up in a suit and tie you won't look too out of place, after all it's a lunch meeting, and if he's a normal programmer and shows up in work clothes (jeans and a tshirt with a cute or nerdy slogan on it), then you'll just have dressed to impress.

Get a girl to okay your outfit before you go.
DonAithnendonaithnen on August 11th, 2004 12:42 am (UTC)
I'm not quite sure how i would dress for the job i have. I'm not even sure what job exactly that would be :) Though why should i get a girl to okay my outfit before i go? Don't think it will really be possible in any event.
academicerrificmerchimerch on August 11th, 2004 08:23 am (UTC)
I'll reiterate what I said in my other post to your other replies. In the best case, a girl would be able to help you make wise outfit choices. In the worst case she would just be there to tell you that you look nice as you go out the door. Since that isn't possible, I'll say it.

Gosh Donaithnen, you look great, good luck on your interview!
DonAithnendonaithnen on August 12th, 2004 10:00 am (UTC)
How are girls good at that kibd of thing?

Thank you though :)