Our friend Jason found out that he will have a second interview this week. He e-mailed me the following question:
Question: What can/should I wear to my interview tomorrow? I wore a navy suit last week. The hiring manager had a golf polo, khaki pants, and brown loafers. The President stopped by for 10-15 minutes. He wore dress pants and a dress shirt with no tie. Do I need to wear a suit again? Would it be acceptable to wear a shirt and tie without a jacket? Or do I need to skip the tie and dress like the President was dressed?
First, I love it that Jason is not afraid to ask any question, no matter how small, in order to prep for this interview. I don't care whether he takes my advice or not - ultimately he has to decide what will work for him. But I love that he's willing to check and see what other perspectives have to offer. I also like that he is not taking for granted that he first heard of the opportunity through a family friend.
I was back-to-back with client stuff today so I fired off a quick reply:
Slacks, sport coat, and open necked shirt (polo or collarless would be fine). I'd keep the jacket because you don't know if they had one hanging in their office. Ditch the tie so you don't look like a) you are trying to one-up them, and b) you can't read an environment. (Note - I also included info about Nordstrom half-yearly men's sale this week and their fabulous Smartcare shirts for men!)
What do you think? What would you have told him?