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Subject:Re: What color suits interviews? From:Laura Johnson <lauraj -at- CND -dot- HP -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 27 Sep 1994 22:40:10 GMT
JAY D KING (dking -at- titan -dot- ucs -dot- umass -dot- edu) wrote:
: I am engaged in a debate about interviewing. Would your company's
: personnel department be offended by a college graduate showing up for an
: interview in something other than a blue or grey suit? For instance, will
: interviewing in a dark olive suit hurt my chances of getting a tech
: writing job?
: Oh, and if you want to hire me without a suit my whole problem would be
: quite conveniently solved. Just a thought. ;)
Lordy. We don't care. If you don't wear a suit at all, it distracts and
confuses us ;->, but we might hire you anyway (it's been known to
You should look professional and presentable. I should think you could
do that in an olive suit.
(By the way, the usual HP interview does not involve meeting anyone
from the personnel department.)
Laura Johnson * lauraj -at- fc -dot- hp -dot- com * Hewlett Packard NSMD * Ft. Collins, CO
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