Client asks, “Say you interviewed with an organization some time back for a particular role but didn’t get it and then you are called about a month later by the head of the department for a role that he feels would be suitable for you. If you are asked to go and have a “chat” with him, DO YOU GO DRESSED ALL OUT IN A SUIT OR TONE IT DOWN A BIT WHILST MAINTAINING A FORMAL LOOK?”
I am a firm believer of dressing the part, and as if I am going to meet the most senior / important person in that organization. First impressions count every time. So chances are you might just be meeting with this particular interviewer or he /she may invite another person, last-minute, to join you.
In certain organization cultures, tradition formal wear of suit and tie is not the norm so you may appear over dressed if you wore a suit. However, being overdressed in a suit than under dressed in casual wear if unsure of what is considered appropriate to that particular organization is better. Otherwise the person interviewing you may not be able to understand your casual wear if it falls outside that particular organizations dress code policy.
Remember that it is always acceptable to ask the interviewer what the dress code is, and if you are feeling a little bit embarrassed about asking then it is perfectly acceptable to turn up in a suit.
Don’t just …wear the exact same thing you wore to the last interview; perhaps a month ago might be a long time for the interviewer to remember what you wore previously but why risk it?
Wearing something different from previous interview is more for complying with business conventions which dictate that a different outfit is required to a second interview, and in this case consider a ‘chat’ as a second interview. If you only own one suit, then ensure you wear a different shirt /top at the second interview.
Also, mirror the environment at your first interview. If the employees were in fairly casual clothing, and so where the interviewers perhaps you may consider a more business – casual wear for the chat as wearing a suit may give out the impression of someone who is haughty. I have included some options for business casual wear for ‘chat’ for potential position with organization.
Just remember not to turn up in any of the items listed on weekend casual wear post for business wear vs. weekend wear.
Ladies and gentlemen what are your thoughts about what to wear at a ‘chat’ for a potential position in an organization? What have you worn to a second interview in the past?