I wear a long sleeved shirt with tie. I rarely wear a suit.
3) If it's a dirty environment like a factory or plant, I wouldn't want to mess up my suit.
Always Always Always Always wear a suit on your first interview with a company.
Do you have to wear a suit for a Best Buy or CompUSA type job on your interview? or just a long sleeve shirt and dress pants will suffice?
I actually had an interview this morning... I didn't wear a suit because the last time I interviewed at a state agency I was wearing a suit and the interviewers weren't even wearing ties, and I felt overdressed.
O.K. I called and talked to some hiring managers and HR interviewers. The concensus is that it is not necessarily required to wear a suit to get the job, BUT, and this seems to be a very common case, if more than one candidate for the job are qualified and close in percieved skills, the one presenting himself the best (suit) will get the job. This also seems to be the case when interviewing for a different job within the same company, although it was not felt as strongly as it was with outsiders.
Having said that, there were a few interesting answers:
One hiring manager insisted that it was a matter of respect. If you don't respect him enough to try to impress him, he won't respect you enough to hire you. He was definitely from the old school, but there are still a lot of them out there.
One explained that it was really not much more trouble to dress yourself in a suit than it is to put on regular clothes, but it gives the impression that you will give "that little bit extra" that the non-suited candidate won't.
An HR interviewer told me that she sees the way you dress as an indicator of how much you want the job, and how much you would be willing to put into the job (sort of like the one above). I couldn't resist, and I asked her if that meant I should wear a tuxedo to my next interview. She laughed at that.
Go Bucks wrote:
I had the same thing happen to me too capy. I'm going with a shirt and tie from now on until I get into "management" type positions. What State are you from?