Re: Inland Empire interview attire

Subject: Re: Inland Empire interview attire
From: Clay King <iamclayking -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Rick Quatro <rick -at- rickquatro -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:41:58 -0700

I agree, Rick. I figure I dodged a bullet and didn't get myself into a
situation I would regret.

On Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 10:28 AM, Rick Quatro <rick -at- rickquatro -dot- com> wrote:

> I don't like the "conform-or-else" insinuation. If you were qualified for
> the position, but lost it because you were "over-dressed" for the interview
> they probably did you a favor by not hiring you. It sounds like they were
> looking at the wrong things. It would have been easier to tell you that you
> would be required to dress-down a bit if they hired you instead of
> dismissing you because you "wouldn't fit it" based on your interview
> attire.
>
> I have seen under-qualified people get hired for positions just because
> they
> didn't conform to the prevailing "grunge" culture. They weren't afraid to
> put their best foot forward and the people hiring took a chance because
> they
> felt that they would have the character to learn on the job. I would always
> err on the side of overdressed instead of taking a chance on underdressing.
>
> Rick
>
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> 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
>
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References:
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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
Re: Inland Empire interview attire: From: Clay King
RE: Inland Empire interview attire: From: Rick Quatro

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