How To Dress For The Job Interview

May 18, 2010 at 4:07 pm in Fun, Tech, Work

Some students and friends of mine have been out looking for jobs lately, and as developers, it’s not always clear what you should wear. Dress too nicely and you’ll look like you won’t fit in. Dress too casually and you run the risk of insulting people or appearing that you don’t care enough to dress up for a job interview.

Obviously the first thing you could do is just ask someone who currently works there what you should wear for an interview. Don’t ask directly, but perhaps inquire during the phone screen what the dress code is, and then dress a bit higher than that.

Another great piece of advice I’ve heard is that you should “dress like you’re going on a first date.” I like how that one sounds.

But another thing you could do, which I did, is just turn it over to Twitter. I asked my followers what our peers are wearing to job interviews, and I got some great replies.

Some people really insisted on dressing up for the interview, but “dressing up” had a lot of different meanings.

I wear a modern suit and tie to dev interviews. When I interview devs, I expect them to dress professionally. Dress matters.

joshpuetz

I always wear a suit and tie for everything but a final Manager interview. No one ever got fired for dressing nice.

jasonmotylinski

“business casual” – no tie or jacket, but professional shirt/pants/shoes combo.

jeffcohen

I think last time I did slacks and a polo. Austin is a pretty casual town, though.

benkimball

i wore smart shirt, trousers, and a jumper. i also had a shave and washed… that was quite a step up for me…

Lenary

i did wear a suit and tie to my job interview but realized i was overdressed as all those were in casual…although I don’t think I’d dress casual for another interview… just because I think it would make a better impression not to.

wavded

And some had the opposite feeling:

Whatever they want?!? I’m not sure I’d work somewhere that my style of dress would be a problem.

RobotDeathSquad

I wore a coat and tie … but then the guys told me that jeans probably would have been better. Ugh.

boblmartens

I’ve seen people wearing suits while I wore well, t-shirt and jeans to interviews (this has happened twice) and I got the job.

Seivanheidari

Others said that dressing up made them uncomfortable.

Last set I wore what I would have worn on a regular work day. I feel less credible in a tech interview if I’m wearing a suit.

noelrap

My opinion, the more I need to dress up for an interview, the greater the chance I’ll hate the job.

ethangunderson

Finally, a few suggested it’s important to know your environment.

Depends on the company – dress to their upper bound

dahlbyk

I don’t go on interviews but when I’m going to a client’s office for the first time I always ask what the dress is and adjust

hardbap

Khaki’s, polo or button down and either a sport coat or not, depending on the place.

jwynia

you have to know the culture and ‘dress-code’ of the company before an interview. you don’t want to be too formal or under formal

kblake

i was given advice to dress up a “level” than the dress code at that company.

jonhoman

So, how do you think you should dress for your next interview?

P.S. Thanks to everyone for chiming in!

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Book progress

October 19, 2006 at 7:39 am in Personal, Work

I’ve been busy working on the book. I’ve got about four chapters done and the rest all mapped out. It’s a really interesting process that will take longer than I had expected. Pragmatic Bookshelf has a really neat production system; I get to see how my book will look as I write it.

The most difficult part of this whole process is just finding the time to write. I’m hoping to make some progress over the next two weeks. My schedule gets busier and busier every day.

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Book

August 28, 2006 at 1:23 am in Personal, Tech, Work

I signed the contract for my new book. It’ll be around 250 pages and I hope to have it done by January. The book will show programmers how to make things look pretty. I’m hoping to make it as easy to follow as possible for people who don’t have a formal design background so this process will be pretty interesting.

I’ve got a pretty large outline done and I’ve started working on the excercises for the tutorial sections of the book. It’s being published by the Pragmatic Programmers who are just awesome to work with. I’m looking forward to getting this one done so that people can read it.

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I got the job!

January 5, 2003 at 9:39 pm in Personal, Work

They told me at 4:30 on Friday. I start tomorrow which is already shaping up to be a really really busy day.

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