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Poll: Casual vs Dress interview (29 member(s) have cast votes)

Which one do you see more?

  1. Dress (16 votes [55.17%])

    Percentage of vote: 55.17%

  2. Casual (13 votes [44.83%])

    Percentage of vote: 44.83%

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#1 dpadam450   Members   -  Reputation: 928

Posted 04 December 2011 - 05:00 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).

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#2 NiteLordz   Members   -  Reputation: 421

Posted 04 December 2011 - 05:10 PM

Dress up... I see it as a sign of professionalism. My work atmosphere is dress casual but I expect interviewees to dress the part.
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#3 Telastyn   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3726

Posted 04 December 2011 - 05:19 PM

Ask your contact before the interview what is expected, no need to guess.

#4 Promit   Moderators   -  Reputation: 7213

Posted 04 December 2011 - 05:44 PM

Depends on the place. I got one job in denim cargo shorts and an XKCD t-shirt. It was a ballsy move in mid summer which I don't recommend in the general case. Extremely unprofessional and too much risk of creating a bad impression. On the other side, you're probably better off not wearing a suit. In our peculiar industry, it falls into the 'trying too hard' stage and brings unnecessary attention to your ridiculous attire. I've heard stories of people being mocked for it years afterwards, friendly but annoying.

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.

#5 Promethium   Members   -  Reputation: 580

Posted 04 December 2011 - 05:46 PM

Wear a nice version of what you would normally wear to work. Be careful not to overdress, it can give the impression that you don't know the industry you are trying to get into. In the games industry, and I guess in many "creative" industries, casual wear is the norm, so showing up in a suit and tie when your interviewers are wearing T-shirts and jeans will certainly make you stand out, but in a bad way, and can make the interviewer question whether you know anything about the position/workplace. On the other hand, don't underdress either: Wear nice, clean clothes, maybe go out and buy some new.

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.

#6 way2lazy2care   Members   -  Reputation: 782

Posted 04 December 2011 - 06:27 PM

Dress casual... good for every occasion 8-)

#7 rdragon1   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1200

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.

#8 Hodgman   Moderators   -  Reputation: 30415

Posted 04 December 2011 - 08:54 PM

If it's a games job (below executive level), wear smart casual.
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!"...

#9 ChurchSkiz   Members   -  Reputation: 450

Posted 04 December 2011 - 10:48 PM

I got one job in denim cargo shorts and an XKCD t-shirt.


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#10 Ravyne   GDNet+   -  Reputation: 7481

Posted 05 December 2011 - 01:49 AM

In general, dress 1 level above what their employee dress code specifies. If the code is casual (shorts and t-shirt) then go business-casual (slacks/khakis or a nice pair of jeans and a button-up shirt/polo/sweater depending on climate), if its business casual wear a suit if you have one, if its formal, wear your best suit ensemble.

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).

#11 Krohm   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3129

Posted 05 December 2011 - 06:21 AM

To be completely honest, I haven't accomplished much with casual. I generally try to present me as they would meet in the office every day. This didn't do the trick so I'm going to have a dress ... I'd rather stay away from the tie, but I've been specifically instructed to get one. I should practice with it...

#12 XXChester   Members   -  Reputation: 902

Posted 05 December 2011 - 06:22 AM

For interviews it is always a full suite for me. Your appearance is the first thing that they see, you want to give the most professional image possible.

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#13 Bregma   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 5178

Posted 05 December 2011 - 08:12 AM

Go naked. They'll know you think outside the box and are well capable of handling unexpected problems. It will also help them to maintain eye contact.

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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#14 way2lazy2care   Members   -  Reputation: 782

Posted 05 December 2011 - 09:56 AM

Go naked... so when you produce a pen to fill out forms or do tests they won't think you're creepy.

Thanks for the mental image friend.

#15 alnite   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2112

Posted 05 December 2011 - 01:31 PM

Dress up. You don't have to wear a full business suit. A long-sleeve shirt and a tie is good enough for game industry.

#16 jwezorek   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1867

Posted 05 December 2011 - 03:08 PM

Don't wear a tie. Dress up slightly but be comfortable because depending on the type of interview you might be up at a white board for multiple hours.

#17 phantom   Moderators   -  Reputation: 7317

Posted 05 December 2011 - 03:34 PM

Speedos.

#18 MajorTom   Members   -  Reputation: 715

Posted 05 December 2011 - 03:52 PM

Speedos.


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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#19 alnite   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2112

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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#20 Krohm   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3129

Posted 06 December 2011 - 03:47 AM

Interviewer: Really? What's the thread count?
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