RE: [RMX:NL] RE: Inland Empire interview attire

Subject: RE: [RMX:NL] RE: Inland Empire interview attire
From: Slager Timothy J <Timothy -dot- Slager -at- dematic -dot- com>
To: Rick Quatro <rick -at- rickquatro -dot- com>, 'TECHWR-L Writing' <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:29:30 +0000

But isn't this equally true for the place that expects a tie and jacket? Or are we to forgive "looking at the wrong things" in one case but not the other?
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Rick Quatro 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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[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+rick=rickquatro -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Clay King
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2015 1:04 PM
To: TECHWR-L Writing
Subject: Re: Inland Empire interview attire

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:
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
Re: Inland Empire interview attire: From: Clay King
RE: Inland Empire interview attire: From: Rick Quatro

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