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[Question for Interviewers] What kind of dress code do you find acceptable for interviews for coding positions [Question for interviewees] What kind of dress code do you guyz adopt when going to an interview?

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Smart but casual. No point in me looking really sharp if i feel uncomfortable and make an ass of myself as a result, i''m good enough at doing that without any extra help.

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I wouldn''t be too worried about it... when I am interviewing, I certainly don''t pay any attention to what someone is wearing. When I go to interviews I usually wear the same thing I am going to wear on the job -- blue jeans and a decent shirt. Avoid wearing your "Corporate Whore" T-shirt, or your marijuana logo shirt.

This isn''t even worth thinking about really... go back to practicing your whiteboard skills!

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For game companies, business casual (polo and slacks) usually for any position. Overdressing is looked down on...it shows that you didn''t check into the company before interviewing.

For other companies, check with the company. Usually, if you ask the HR person who sets up the interview, they''ll tell you.

RomSteady - Test Locally, Test Globally, Test Early, Test Often

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You guys have got to be kidding. I wore a $500 dollar suit to my last interview and the guy after me was wearing khakis a wrinkled shirt and a tie. Guess What? I got the job, he didn't.

The Job Market is like a shark tank, especially now. If you want the job, be prepared to play hardball; because there are lots of guys like me are out there who will make you look like a fool by default.

EDIT: my job interview wasn't at a game company but a business/financial software place.

[edited by - nonnus29 on January 22, 2003 9:39:16 PM]

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A lot of companies are laid-back. They realize that the product is the bottom line, not whether people look professional or not. Software hiring is not about dresscode, it''s about what you know.

That said, there are still tightwads that actually care about that sort of thing... I guess it''s because you took the time to think about looking good or some BS.



-- Take it with a grain of salt! --

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How about putting it this way: if they won''t hire you because of the clothes you showed up in, you probably weren''t right for that job anyways.

(I overdressed for my interview and they gave me crap for it. That alone almost sold me on the company. )

-scott

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I'd would recommend wearing something less casual than blue jeans for any interview, except washing dishes.

It's a psychological pretense that mandates a dress code. If you dress for work like loafing around the house, then it makes it just that little bit harder to concentrate at work.

[edited by - Magmai Kai Holmlor on January 23, 2003 1:30:30 AM]

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I went with a suit for the interview although kept it fairly casual, you don''t want to wear anything that''s going to make you uncomfortable.

Once I started things were alot more casual, everyone just wears jeans or shorts and t-shirts or something similar, you shold keep it smarter for the interview though.

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The dress code that you;ll be working in and the dress code for the interview are completely different. Dressing in a nice suit shows that you are proffessional. At work, everyone wears extremely casual clothes, jeans, shorts, flip-flops, but if you wear that on the interview, best believe you won''t get the job. Dressing up shows that you care. So unless you have this brilliant track record, wear a suit.

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Yeah, umm, this thread is 6 months old. What is up with all the necros lately.

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i would say, khakis and a button up shirt, it shows that you are not some uptite snob, but you don''t look like a complete wino

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Right

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Its not really much of a big deal.
If you know the company, know how they dress, or have been told what to wear, follow that. For example, if they all wear dress shirts, nice pants, and a belt, you better be wearing atleast that. Like someone else mentioned, its always a good idea to go one step up from what they wear in the workplace.

If you don''t know and they haven''t told you, wear a good shirt, pants with a belt, nice dress shoes, socks that match your pants and shoes (that one is VERY important), and possibly a tie.

More importantly, keep your hair clean, your face shaved, and don''t wear any cologne or any crap like that. Even more important than that though, TUCK YOUR SHIRT IN!

Once you get the job you can adjust how you dressed based on the people you see while you work. If you''re working with clients you may be required to dress more formally than you''d like, but that''s how business works. If you work internally and don''t deal with clients, especially if your working for a small software company, then you''ll probably find you can dress pretty much how you like.

Dress is not as important as getting a job though, so don''t about how to dress, just stick with the good shirt and pants, and make sure you research the company before going into the interview.

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""General advice is
1 step above the standard of the workplace.""

I agree. But often its difficult to know . One thing is sure, dont wear jeans or a cap or anything like that. It can only hurt.

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Also depends very much on the interviewer. Generally, the first impression is the most important one, that''s a human psychological reflex.

The dress code in our company is very relaxed on positions that do not require customer interaction (jeans, t-shirt, pretty much anything you like). It is much more strict, if you have active contact with customers. Personally, I find it very important that people show up appropriately dressed for an interview: suit + tie, no jeans. I do the same, when I interview someone. Even if they end up in a position where it doesn''t matter later on, it''s a sign of mutual respect to show up in decent clothes for an interview, which is basically your first contact with the company.

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"I agree. But often its difficult to know"

This is where the research thing comes to light. You''re going to know where your interview is before going. A simple bit of waiting across the road from their front door between 8-9am, and at lunchtime garners MUCH information about dress code inside the building.

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