LambDev Banned
#1

Hi

I have an interview coming up with a newspaper for a software development position on a grad program. I don't have a full suit, I can't afford to buy one, and I probably can't borrow one.

What I plan on wearing is a Shirt, Slacks, and a zip neck jumper. Would I get away with this?

Also, what would be better to wear shoe wise with black slacks. Brown fake leather dress shoes, or my brother's black slip-on shoes for school.

Indricotherium Registered User
#2

hit up a charity shop you will get a suit for a tenner.

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Dev84 Registered User
#3

LambDev said:
Hi

I have an interview coming up with a newspaper for a software development position on a grad program. I don't have a full suit, I can't afford to buy one, and I probably can't borrow one.

What I plan on wearing is a Shirt, Slacks, and a zip neck jumper. Would I get away with this?

Also, what would be better to wear shoe wise with black slacks. Brown fake leather dress shoes, or my brother's black slip-on shoes for school.


Buy a shirt in penneys and a tie. Thise with slack will be fine.

Just buy a tie and wear in underneath the zip jumper but ensure it showm

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Berserker Registered User
#4

Black shoes with your black slacks. Wear a tie with that shirt and slacks.

Mr.S Moderator
#5

If you absolutely can't get a suit, then just go for shirt and slacks (no jumper) with black shoes.

A suit is the easy default go to, but I wouldn't stress about it. Look smart and you'll be fine. Impress 'em with your skills not your dress sense!

Indricotherium said:
hit up a charity shop you will get a suit for a tenner.


And feel even more awkward in a suit that doesn't fit properly? Better off going with the safe smart route.

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KKV Registered User
#6

This is one of those topics that you'll get opinions on left, right and centre, but in reality, I don't think anyone really cares.

So long as you're not dressed in a 'couldn't give a fcuk' way (tracksuit or pyjamas, etc.) i doubt most people will pass any remarks. Just look presentable.

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feylya Moderator
#7

Email the person you've been talking to in the company, and ask what their dress code is. If it's a newspaper, it's probably very relaxed, and since you're going for a software dev position, slacks and a shirt would work.

Richard Hillman Registered User
#8

V Neck jumper with a shirt and tie underneath plus slacks

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KERSPLAT! Subscriber
#9

Slacks, shirt and tie will be fine. I'd wear a suit myself but I'd see no issue with no jacket.

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_Brian Registered User
#10

I’ve been hiring for years.
I wouldn’t consider that role would require a full suite for the interview.

Black shoes sound good, wouldn’t go with the jumper.
A suitable tie with your own shirt or like others said get a cheap shirt/tie set in Dunn’s or pennies.

Dev84 Registered User
#11

KERSPLAT! said:
Slacks, shirt and tie will be fine. I'd wear a suit myself but I'd see no issue with no jacket.


Plus 1. Anytime I get into the interview i always ask can i take my jacket off anyway. Much more comfy.

Boom_Bap Landfill
#12

Wear the black slacks and black shoes, shirt and a tie.
Do you have any jackets that you can wear into the interview room and just take off and put on the back of the chair?

If you feel comfortable, you will give a comfortable appearance to the interview panel.

Also, it's about what you know, not what you look like.

TheBeach Registered User
#13

I agree shirt, tie, slacks or a suit. The only jumper I think you could get away with is the ones that have the fake shirt collar attached. Good luck

NickNickleby Registered User
#14

Shirt : freshly washed and ironed
Slacks : clean and ironed
jumper/cardigan/whatever : clean and not a rag.
Shoes: preferably black, but if they still look crap after a good polish, wear the brown ones. Make sure they're polished.

Hair, nails clean.

there's a gap here. Are you walking the streets like that? Have you no jacket?

In the main I'd say as long as you don't look sloppy you should be ok - which is why I wouldn't completely rule out the brown shoes. There is , after all, no accounting for taste. And I'm sure no one expects a grad recruit to have an Armani suit yet.

Finally, best of luck. If you're not sloppy, then they'll just focus on your competencies/knowledge/experience.

Tiddlypeeps Registered User
#15

I've been in software dev for almost a decade. Companies that have even the slightest care about what you wear are very uncommon, assuming you don't go looking like an actual hobo. Casual dress is the norm and pretty much expected at interviews. The very few that do care are generally going to be soul destroying environments so worth giving a miss anyway.

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