Casual vs Dress interview
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Posted 04 December 2011 - 05:00 PM
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Posted 04 December 2011 - 05:44 PM
Khakis (eg Dockers) and a collared T-shirt in good condition (not wrinkly/messy) are a pretty safe bet for the vast majority of tech jobs, particularly in the games industry. "Business casual" is the goal.
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Posted 04 December 2011 - 05:46 PM
If I was being interviewed for a game development job I would wear jeans and a (dress) shirt, but absolutely not a tie. Be yourself and let your clothes reflect who you are. And if in doubt, do as Telastyn suggests and ask your contact person, it shows interest and keenness.
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Posted 04 December 2011 - 06:38 PM
I have an interview for a new game job. In every job I have had I have worn a tie etc. Was wondering how many people here do that, and how many you have seen / interviewed people that do that. Not really worried or stressing like some people, just wondering if I am the only one that actually will dress up since I feel it is respectable and its a high paying job (not Burger King).
For every interview I've been on, I always ask what dress is appropriate. Ask the recruiter or whoever has booked the interview for you. For everything in the games industry, the response has always been 'jeans and tshirt is fine' - so I usually go polo shirt + cargo pants. I've never seen anyone interview with a tie, and it would definitely stick out and make you look uninformed.
I always ask. Always. It doesn't hurt to ask, and you get certain confirmation.
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Posted 04 December 2011 - 08:54 PM
If it's a non-games job, then wear something similar to what the jobs require (if it's a collar and tie kind of place, wear a collar and tie).
At a games company, dressing up too much is the same as wearing a sign that says "I'd make a great business programmer, I LOVE ENTERPRISE UML LAYERED FRAMEWORKS!!!" or "I just graduated, please train me!"...
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Posted 05 December 2011 - 01:49 AM
This simple rule displays that you are serious, but not so overdressed to be mistaken for covering over other shortcomings, or being a tool.
I recently converted from contract to FTE at Microsoft, its casual here so I went business-casual for most of my loop. I met with my manager's manager on the second day, and I went up a half-step or so (dress shirt under a cashmere sweater, still jeans though).
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Posted 05 December 2011 - 06:21 AM
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Posted 05 December 2011 - 08:12 AM
Carry a briefcase or laptop bag so when you produce a pen to fill out forms or do tests they won't think you're creepy. It also looks more professional.
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Posted 05 December 2011 - 04:48 PM
Just say putting on clothes took too long, so you optimized them out. You could probably mention it's a multi-threaded speedo too.
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