A lot of people believe that you should always wear a suit to interview, and in my opinion, that shouldn’t always be the case.
I once had a candidate for a Sales Director position show up to a meeting with me in jeans. At first impression, I was surprised at this choice in attire, given his seniority, charisma and history of achievements. I made a suggestion of wearing a suit to meet the client, which he did. He ended up getting the job and after two years, is still working there. In the end, he told me that his client has told him to stop wearing a suit. I’ve since learnt a lesson from this – always dress for the environment you’re going into.
As a professional in the engineering industry though, it may be wise to opt for a suit. After all, it is better to be overdressed than to be underdressed. I am not a fan of suits personally and if I could come to work in pyjamas, I would. However, it isn’t quite socially acceptable and it’d be impossible for people to take me seriously.
If there is something you must take from this, dress for the occasion – you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
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