Do I have to wear a suit for the interview?

erwin1978

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I need suggestions from computer technicians. I applied for a technician job at a local computer repair shop. The shop is small with only three employees. When I get called in for an interview should I wear a suit or can I step it down a notch and wear pants and a polo shirt? My fear is being overdressed. It's not a corporate job after all.
 

Farang

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No, wear normal clothes. I did this (wear a suit) in a similar situation years ago and laugh at myself for it, it does make them uncomfortable because it seems like this is a huge deal to you when they just want to get to know you
 

phucheneh

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Wear what you would wear to work.

Most relationships, including business, are very akin to picking up chicks. You can't look like you're desperate/trying too hard.
 

trmiv

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For a job like that you'd probably be hurting your chances if you came in wearing a suit. Dress business casual.
 

Demo24

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Tuck in the shirt and try to wear somewhat nicer shoes than sneakers, and you should be fine.
 

Red Storm

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Have you been there before to see how they dress? I'm guessing they don't wear suits based on the description. Go business casual.
 

lxskllr

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I'd wear a casual button shirt and khakis. I'd also consider a polo, but I don't have decent polos.
 

brainhulk

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wear your geek squad shirt. That way they will know you have relevant experience.

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waggy

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no. in this situation a suit is terrible idea.

i wouldn't wear jeans though. a nice pair of Khakis and a nice polo shirt.
 

SamQuint

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Dress shirt with long sleeves, slacks, dress shoes, and tie. Always dress well for an inverview, it shows you care about getting the job and respect their time and business.


You can forgo the suit or jacket in this case.
 

Theb

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There might be regional differences, but with a 3 person shop a polo with khakis should be perfect. I would definitely not wear a suit.

I wore a suit to an interview at an Apple-centric consulting firm and I looked like a butler at a Beastie Boys concert.
 
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See what the manager/owner in the place wears day to day, and dress a notch or two above that. Not enough to overdress, just enough to say "I am aware of the standard you have set and am endeavoring to put my best foot forward because I take this seriously."

If they're wearing denim and polos, replace the denim with slacks, and replace the polo with a button down. If they're wearing slacks and a polo, make it a button down with a tie. Or nicer dress pants and no tie.

Polish your shoes. If you don't own polishable shoes, buy some and wear them.

Based on what I've seen in different computer repair places, you'll probably end up wearing slacks, button down shirt, and probably a tie. Make sure everything is ironed and/or pressed.

You can usually get shirts cleaned, starched, and pressed for $2-$3 or so per shirt. Set up a rotation, use a bit of febreeze, and wear them a couple times between cleanings. (When I was dressing more formally for work, my cleaning bill was only $30-$40 a month. I did my own pants though.) Silk looks nice, but it's usually more expensive to clean.