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Interview attire?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2005 11:57 am
by K.B.
I am a PhD interviewing for a staff scientist position at a small biotech company in North Carolina. In southern California, dress is super casual for these interviews and I suspect it may be a bit that way at most small biotechs. Does anyone have any insight as to whether this is also the case for small Biotechs in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina? Also, whether yes or no, what would be the most appropriate attire for a guy?

Interview attire?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2005 12:27 pm
by Dave Jensen
We've discussed this topic before on the forum (try a search for "What to wear" first posted by Kelly Ann on Wed, 15 Dec 2004 08:01 PM). However, I live and work in the southern CA/Southwest biotech community, and I can tell you that it would be a huge mistake to appear at an interview in informal attire. Sure, that's the way that the scientists dress for work, but that is NOT what is expected on interview day. Sport coat, nice slacks, etc. -- gets more offers.

I would wear a tie and sport coat in North Carolina as well.

Dave Jensen, Moderator

Interview attire?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2005 4:04 pm
by Andrew
Actually, I'd wear a suit. Leave your blue blazer and slacks or tweed jackets for your faculty position interviews.

Interview attire?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2005 5:04 pm
by Dave Jensen
Andrew,

I didn't want to shock the fellow too much . . . But I agree with you.

Andrew's advice is very relevant, as he is in the RTP NC area.

Dave

Interview attire?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2005 6:41 pm
by Kim
Can a person get away with just a nice white shirt, a tie and a dress pants without blazer/sport coat/suit in a hot Southern California summer afternoon? Would a sweaty appearance be even worse?

Interview attire?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2005 6:51 pm
by Andrew
I wore a suit to an interview in Louisiana in August some years ago. The trick is to buy cotton, not worsted wool.