Interview Attire

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  • #2838978
    DownInTheHoller
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    Hi there I am starting to apply for a new job and will expect to be interviewing within the next several weeks. Likely at a small, local, independently owned firm and probably a couple of local firms that are a little bit larger and more corporatized if you will.

    My question: Is a suit with a matching jacket and pants absolutely necessary for a man? Could I get by with just nice pants, blazer, and a tie, or would that be unacceptable/looked down on/etc? Would like to avoid spending more money on a suit and just utilize what I already have if possible but do not want to look like a fool if a suit is pretty much a requirement anywhere. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

    #2838987
    Journeyman
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    I think we’re moving into an environment where a suit isn’t always required, but regardless, you can never go wrong with a nice suit. I have always interviewed in suits, they are a good investment as well.

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    #2838990
    vbmer
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    In accountancy, I would always wear a suit to an interview.

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    Manager, Big 4 Corporate Finance, CPA (WA)
    #2839005
    thunderlipsthunderlips
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    Support the others in wearing a suit for the interviews

    #2839566
    aaronmoaaronmo
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    Wearing a suit won't hurt you. Not wearing one won't help you.

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    Aaron and always remember, YMMV

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    #2839848
    ReckedRecked
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    Agree with all of the above. Rarely does it feel worse to be under dressed than over dressed for any occasion.
    This applies to interviews, as well as everything else in life.

    Memento Mori - Kingston NY CPA & EA (SUNY Albany 2002)

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    #2839926
    MissingNo
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    It's 2019, suits are a meme unless you are trying to over compensate. I haven't even seen a partner wearing one outside of LinkedIn. I am a man and only wear a button up and tie and have gotten countless offers from all different types of organizations. If you are accomplished, confident, and a good conversationalist, you are good.

    #2840193
    aaronmoaaronmo
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    I'll bet you those partners wore suits to their interviews 🙂

    They certainly wear them when they're speaking at conferences.

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    #2840223
    PuppykoalaPuppykoala
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    You might get away with no suit. Buuut, do you want to risk looking like a clown when the interviewers dressed more formal than you? If you are concerning about the price of suit, given you don't have one, goodwill or salvation army has REALLY nice suits that costs only $5.

    Shoot for the stars!

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    #2840958
    DownInTheHoller
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    Thank you all for the responses.

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