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Friday, 30.Jul.2004

11:16 - when the going gets tough, the tough go SHOPPING! // life update

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So, looks like I get to buy a tie this weekend. I now have an interview scheduled for monday, and being as their college is more formal than ours, it would likely behoove me to dress better than I normally do. I'm thinking black shoes with slacks and a dress shirt (short sleeved, though) and a tie. What d'yall think? tie with a short-sleeved dress shirt not a good idea?

clearly, once (if) I get the job, I will be able to dress however, but for the interview I should probably polish up my appearance a bit. :)

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From:graphxgrrl
Date:11:39 30.Jul.2004 (UTC)
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I've never been a fan of the tie with a short sleeve shirt, it always makes me thing of Mormon missionaries. ;)

That said, I've also mentally dismissed people in interviews because they've "overdressed" as much as you can dismiss someone for being "underdressed". It's good to look polished, but if everyone around you is in jeans and t-shirts, the appropriate level of dressed up for an interview might be khakis and a nice button down shirt (no tie).

What do other employees there typically wear? Dress up a level slighty from that--but I think you might come off as too formal if you're wearing a tie and the general dress is pretty casual.

It also depends on the position I'm involved in the interview process for, some positions I'm more likely to make judgements about being over or under dressed than others.
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From:lograh
Date:15:03 30.Jul.2004 (UTC)
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Yeah, they will be wearing slacks and dress shirts, most likely. I know one of the people on the committe, and he wears dress shirts in the course of his day-to-day job. Another, while he doesn't dress up for his daily job he does dress up for interviews.

So it's a long-sleeved dress shirt for me, then? guess I'll be heading off to get one of those this weekend as well. Shit, might as well get new shoes instead of wearing the same old ones I found the other night. New slacks will likely be in my future as well. I still don't know about the tie, though.

Bah, I could allways take it off in the waiting room if I can see a bunch of no-ties by peeking in the door-window. :)
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From:tobin
Date:14:00 30.Jul.2004 (UTC)
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I would do the long-sleeved shirt, myself. Short sleeve with tie is very...50s in the South. ;)

If they are pretty formal then a shirt-tie-slacks comob would be a good idea for the interview. If they are a bit relaxed, then khakis and long sleeved shirt would be better.

Definitely don't wear your sandals. ;)
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From:lograh
Date:14:59 30.Jul.2004 (UTC)
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good thing I found black shoes wednesday in my packing, then. :)

They are formal enough for day-to-day work, but for interviews they will be wearing slacks and dress shirts. It's just that that clothing is soo damn hot in the summer!
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From:tobin
Date:15:25 30.Jul.2004 (UTC)
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Yeah, but sometimes you need to look dapper, at least for the interview.

I bet you'd do well with just a shirt and slacks, no tie. Just make sure it's a nice shirt that can stand on it's own. My belief is that white shirts look...weird without some kind of tie. I guess I think it breaks up the white.
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From:pleckos
Date:20:14 30.Jul.2004 (UTC)
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Long sleeve shirt + tie is best. If you're unbearably hot, you can roll up the sleeves and still look better than if you wore short sleeve. Go for darker color pants, flat front, and a crisp white shirt.

This tie at JCrew is rad:



Good luck!
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From:lograh
Date:21:04 30.Jul.2004 (UTC)
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thanks for the well-wishes.

Yeah, I saw that tie today while I was idea-hunting at the maul after work. Tomorrow we'll see what I come up with outfit-wise.
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From:pleckos
Date:21:09 30.Jul.2004 (UTC)
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Hahaha... shopping maul... funny.
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From:lograh
Date:21:14 30.Jul.2004 (UTC)
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I find it a more appropriate name for those locations -- certainly more representative of what actually takes place there.
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