Re: Inland Empire interview attire

Subject: Re: Inland Empire interview attire
From: Clay King <iamclayking -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:04:12 -0700

My career counselor in college (circa 2007) said that the "you can never
over-dress" rule was over. Most companies these days would take an
over-dressed person as not fitting their culture. She made the case that in
the world of the Internet, it is too easy to get a basic idea for a
companies' culture and if you over-dress (or under-dress) it is an
indication that you hadn't done your homework on the company.

I have always interviewed in business casual attire (collared shirt,
dockers, and polished shoes) and haven't felt under-dressed, but I did lose
a position for being over-dressed. The team I interviewed with were all
wearing jeans and T-shirts and I was told they thought I wouldn't fit in
because I "dressed up" for the interview.

Cheers,
Clay

On Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 2:59 PM, Elissa K. Miller <emiller -at- doubleknot -dot- com>
wrote:

> I think this may be the *one* time where wardrobe choices are easier for
> women than for men. Since I never look for jobs at law firms or financial
> companies, there's no job interview for which black pants and a non-T-shirt
> blouse are not appropriate. Even when I've interviewed at extremely casual
> companies, I haven't felt uncomfortable dressed like that.
>
> Back when I was starting out and everyone dressed more formally, I showed
> up
> at an interview in lower Manhattan in a navy blue suit and closed-toe
> pumps,
> which was perfectly appropriate for any company in Houston (where I lived).
> A Japanese tour group was arriving at the company at the same time, and
> everyone assumed I was their interpreter instead of an applicant. It was my
> first exposure to an always-casual environment, and a great relief to be
> able to go to work in jeans, especially since I had to move to New York and
> all the income that I had been spending on career clothes and dry cleaning
> in Texas had to be dedicated to rent in NYC.
>
>
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> [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+emiller=doubleknot -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
> Behalf Of Robert Lauriston
> Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015 1:52 PM
> To: TECHWR-L Writing
> Subject: Re: Inland Empire interview attire
>
> Managers, sales people, marketing, anyone interviewing for a job where
> they'd go to customer sites, yes, they typically wear business casual
> rather
> than developer casual.
>
> I can't recall ever seeing anyone wear a sport coat to an interview for a
> tech writing or engineering position. I'm not sure I've ever seen a tech
> writer or engineer wear such a thing.
>
> But I have no idea what things are like in Riverside County.
>
> On Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 1:15 PM, Mike Christie <mike-christie -at- outlook -dot- com>
> wrote:
> > 1. My outplacement coach gave me the guidance that the default
> > interview attire for men in Silicon Valley is open collar with a
> > sports coat, unless you know that the culture dictates something more
> > formal, for example financial services.archives
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Follow-Ups:

References:
Inland Empire interview attire: From: Mike Christie
Re: Inland Empire interview attire: From: Chris Morton
RE: Inland Empire interview attire: From: Lynne Wright
Re: Inland Empire interview attire: From: Chris Morton
RE: Inland Empire interview attire: From: Cardimon, Craig
RE: Inland Empire interview attire: From: Slager Timothy J
Re: Inland Empire interview attire: From: John G
RE: Inland Empire interview attire: From: Mike Christie
Re: Inland Empire interview attire: From: Robert Lauriston
RE: Inland Empire interview attire: From: Elissa K. Miller

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