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As an interviewer, I find it very awkward when an interviewee has on a button-up with a tie and jacket. Heck, even just a button-up. Why do you wear that at home? Put your polo on, relax a little, and don't sit their like a stiff in your apartment bedroom with a fake background.

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OP, I appreciate your perspective. As an in-home interviewee, I honestly didn’t know what to wear. For example, if you say, “wear a polo,” I’ll wonder if it’s a test. Therefore, I choose a suit to be professional and I got the job. My thought process was to show the company that I know how to present myself to a client. It was more of a proof of concept than anything.

Additionally, I’ve tried throughout my life to operate under the following belief: “You can never be over-dressed or over-educated.” I’ve worked very hard to be both, and it seems to be working out so far.

To clarify, I didn’t wear a suit to convey that I am or can be uptight; I wore it because I wanted to convey that I care about the opportunity. Perhaps consider that the next candidate you see wearing a suit, even in their own home, is doing it because they care. Caring is a great quality for a productive employee, btw.

That said, happy hunting. ✌️

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When I was interviewer on virtual, I noted how the interviewees dressed and their backgrounds. While I didn’t expect full suits for either men or women, I did take notice of the ones that didn’t appear to try to show they wanted the job, tee shirts, unkempt hair- you can at least comb it. I also noticed those who didn’t make effort on what was behind them. If your space is cramped or you are barely keeping up, use filters. Those are great to cover literal dirty laundry.
Knowing my perspective this summer when I started interviews for new position. I wore a jacket. On every virtual interview. I had 7 for 1 job. The interviewers ranged from jacket to tee shirt. I was the unanimous choice and got the job.
Point- even with shortage of workers hiring managers should look for the ones that put in the effort.

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Agree it’s uncomfortable, but unless you specify dress code they aren’t going to run the risk of appearing unprofessional to someone who has a major influence on their future. “Better safe than sorry”

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I actually appreciate the effort. It is an interview after all. Actually, I wear a shirt when interviewing.

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Nothing dorkier than a polo shirt. Either wear a button down or go with a t-shirt. Your polo shirt isn't helping you at all.

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Crew cut shirt is great but too causal for all occasions. Buttons and a collar are a step up and more appropriate at times. I believe this is all stated in my prior comment.

As the interviewer, you seem to have completely failed to put the candidate on ease. And now you make condescending remarks about their outfit. It must be a delight to work for you.

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OP, by the same logic, if they can't be comfortable in a shirt and tie then what happens when they have to represent the company in front of the client?

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If you feel that strongly, shoot the interviewee and give them dress code expectations and don’t expect them to read your mind and guess your preferences

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Clear is kind.

How has no one else pointed out "there" vs "their"? 🤔 🤣 Seriously though, I have also been an interviewer. Button up and tie please. Show me you can present yourself and the company well.

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Completely defeats the purpose if the suit and tie are driving the discomfort and causing a distraction for the interviewer.

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Polo shirt? Man you’re uptight.

Sitting here chilling in a sweatshirt right now.

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I wear my hoodie. Like Zuck 😆

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In all my virtual interviews the recruiter emphasized dressing professional like you were in person and all my interviewers were dressed casually, even one interviewer was coming from doing yard work. I want to dress casual but I may get dinged if I don’t wear a suit

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Careful A1, there have been folks going around standing in on behalf of others during the remote interview process. Then come day 1 of work, you'll either be talking with who you interviewed or the replacement who they're in cahoots with.

Turning on video can save you big time.

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Sounds like your recruiter did a bad job of preping the interviewee on company culture and interview expectations. Clearly no one sits at home on Zoom in a full suit, they did it because that's what they thought you wanted. Communicate more on the relaxed vibe of the company and updated post pandemic expectations.

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Disagree. Dress nicely for the interview. It shows respect.

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I change into my tuxedo T-shirt after 6pm.

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I've worn a suit and tie to every interview I've had over the last 30 years, getting a job to pump gas at a gas station, to the military, to cybersecurity strategist.

If I apply to be a janitor tomorrow or the CEO, I'll be in a suit and tie. I don't care if the everyone wears jeans to work. I'll wear jeans to work as well. But not during the interview.

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Oh, Ya. No. What I wear is never for the interviewer.

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Definitely better safe than sorry. Glad you have this perspective but some people definitely still judge based on attire

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OP is totally judging here.

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I did an interview last week by webex, and the instructions literally said to dress as if you were in an in-person interview, and the firm was a suit kind of firm.

Having said all that, I wore a button down, no jacket or tie, and so did the interviewer.

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We dress in hula shirts while working at Google, but even we don't do Polo shirts while interviewing. Sure, ties are a culture clash for us, but shirts and jackets are always appreciated.
Even if the candidate is fidgeting, it just shows they are willing to put in an effort even if it makes them uncomfortable. Not something we'd ever judge them on.

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Do you only interview men…?

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Imagine he wrote this about female candidates, sexism accusations will hit the roof

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I wore a nice blouse to an interview but def no jacket. Interviewee had on a grey tee. All good though. I would rather play it safe than sorry since attire wasn’t specified.

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Love the conversation here. I didn't reject the candidate because of what he wore, I rejected him because he clearly put more time and effort into dressing up than preparing for the interview.

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I wonder if he has racist tendencies too towards his offshores teammates.

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I asked a candidate to take off his tie and relax before we start…

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I would be very confused and slightly offended by the request to start undressing at the beginning of the interview.

Are people really this uncomfortable in jackets and ties?

I don’t even own polos, button down with khakis is as informal as I get.

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Polo?! Why are you so uptight, OP?!

I've been rocking my dirty wife beater on video calls for 18 months now.

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*ahem* A-line under shirt. Leave your wife out of this. 🤣

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Because he’s trying to make a good impression? He is reflecting the degree of respect he has for the role and his desire for the job, in his attire. Cut him some slack

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