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    • jim8888
    • By jim8888 13th Mar 17, 8:16 PM
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    Son's First Job Interview
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    • 13th Mar 17, 8:16 PM
    Son's First Job Interview 13th Mar 17 at 8:16 PM
    My son has a first job interview tomorrow with a well known software firm. He'll graduate this year in maths and programming so he's well qualified, but he's just asked me what he should wear to the interview. I'm old school, so my first response would have been "suit, shirt and tie", but would that be right? Maybe as long as he was "smart casual" that would be more appropriate in this day and age, and for a software developer role. I can't see software engineers turning up to work in suits and ties, but what do you think?
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    • happyandcontented
    • By happyandcontented 13th Mar 17, 8:20 PM
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    I don't think you can go wrong with traditional interview dress. They may not dress like that on a daily basis if he got the job, but for an interview it is still the norm.
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 13th Mar 17, 8:20 PM
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    If in doubt I'd go for 'shirt & tie' at least. Better to be over dressed than under dressed IMO.
    • McKneff
    • By McKneff 13th Mar 17, 8:23 PM
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    Shirt, tie and trousers.
    No one can make you feel inferior without your consent
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 13th Mar 17, 8:29 PM
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    Suit shirt and tie. It's an interview.

    And polished shoes.
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    • Tipsntreats
    • By Tipsntreats 13th Mar 17, 8:49 PM
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    jim8888 you must be so proud.

    I think formal gives a good first impression.
    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 13th Mar 17, 9:19 PM
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    Good luck to your son for tomorrow. Formal wear is definitely preferable in my opinion. My son has to wear a suit and tie for college, even though he is only 17. This is because the college are preparing their students for the world of work, and although many places are 'smart casual', there are still some engineering firms that have a formal dress code.

    Hope your son gets the job x

    ETA: I used to shortlist and interview people for a charity. I'm sure he doesn't need reminding, but your son should shake hands when entering and leaving the interview. I alos agree with the above comment about polished shoes.
    Last edited by kingfisherblue; 13-03-2017 at 9:21 PM.
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 14th Mar 17, 7:49 AM
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    As the interview is today, this may be too late , but for what it's worth, I agree.

    It's all down to first impressions.
    Making an effort to be smart indicates that you are willing to make an effort and go that extra inch on the first meeting, even if more casual clothing is the everyday work ethos for that company.

    It also indicates that you have respect for the interviewers.

    Yes, shake hands......important as shows a degree of confidence....... and make eye contact with the person you're shaking hands with.


    Good luck to him!

    Let us know how it goes!
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    • onlyroz
    • By onlyroz 14th Mar 17, 11:59 AM
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    Yes, he should dress smartly. Shirt, suit and tie with smart shoes. He should also be prepared for technical questions and/or a technical test. I've attended plenty of interviews for software engineering positions and most of them had a hefty technical element. These ranged from having to write pseudo-code with pen and paper (extremely difficult), to sitting at a computer and writing a program, to completing multiple-choice programming questions, and then having a face-to-face grilling with senior programmers to assess my knowledge.


    My employer uses Codility. There is a sample test here:


    https://codility.com/demo/take-sample-test/
    Last edited by onlyroz; 14-03-2017 at 12:02 PM.
    • Oblivion
    • By Oblivion 14th Mar 17, 2:49 PM
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    Make sure he offers the interviewing panel a spliff.
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    • jim8888
    • By jim8888 14th Mar 17, 7:36 PM
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    Thanks everyone, his interview seemed to go well (he did wear a shirt and tie, but with black skinny jeans and big boots!) I'm not sure if he toked a spliff, but hey, go with the flow. Appreciated all your responses.
    • Tipsntreats
    • By Tipsntreats 14th Mar 17, 7:53 PM
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    Thanks everyone, his interview seemed to go well (he did wear a shirt and tie, but with black skinny jeans and big boots!) I'm not sure if he toked a spliff, but hey, go with the flow. Appreciated all your responses.
    Originally posted by jim8888
    So glad it went well.
    Will you let us all know if he got the job, please?
    Tips x
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