I have a job interview at Apple. What to wear?

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    May 18, 2008 4:06 PM GMT
    I'm running out of college funds so I applied at Apple and they called me for an interview. I like Apple, I hope I get it. I don't know what to wear though. It is a jeans and flip flops kind of place. The employees have no dress code but I know better than to wear that to interview.

    I was thinking a gingham button down tucked into some nice slacks and dress shoes. Some thing a little more casual than the suit but, not jeans. What do you guys think? I'm gay and totally not a fashionista. Help!
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    May 18, 2008 4:10 PM GMT
    I always think that dress casual works. Definately not a suit, but more than jeans and a polo shirt. Nothing too loud.
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    May 18, 2008 4:35 PM GMT
    I'd go with the Young Entrepenuer look: Nice, solid light-colored polo shirt, with a tweed sports coat over it, and maybe nice jeans or khakis. Always dress just a bit better than the guy interviewing you.

    Best of luck to you!
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    May 18, 2008 4:39 PM GMT
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    May 18, 2008 4:46 PM GMT
    Good rule of thumb for a job interview is that it is better to dress up than dress down -- it shows that you have respect, and are serious about making an impression during the interview. Nice slacks (not jeans), a dress shirt, and nice shoes (not tennis shoes) would be appropriate for an interview at Apple.
  • NYCguy74

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    May 18, 2008 4:49 PM GMT
    I'm guessing just retail at the Apple store? or something with corporate?

    I would go with the button down or a nice polo, and khakis.
    if corporate, then maybe add the jacket like zeebyaboi said.

    And may i say I've never understood wearing flip flops to work. They're great and i love mine, but would never wear them for work, just seems too casual. granted i work in a somewhat physical job, so there is no way i could safely do it.
  • ShawnTX

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    May 18, 2008 4:51 PM GMT
    Good luck with your interview. Whenever I go to an interview I always put myself in the interviewers shoes. How would I want to see someone dressed for the interview? It's safer to dress up than dress down.

    If you get the job can you get me a discount on an iPhone? I put out for discounts. icon_wink.gif
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    May 18, 2008 4:54 PM GMT
    ShawnTO saidI put out for discounts. icon_wink.gif


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    May 18, 2008 4:58 PM GMT
    Compost? COMPOST?!?!?! What the hell do I need compo...ok, yeah sure, a discount is a discount.

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    May 18, 2008 5:11 PM GMT
    As someone who's worked in the Valley for almost 20 years now, and has interviewed plenty, whatever you do

    DON'T EVER WEAR A JACKET OR A TIE!!!!

    I can't be more adamant on this point.

    Other than that, dress how you feel comfortable. Don't forget that Apple is kind of a "Cult of Steve" and he wears jeans to work (with an expensive turtleneck).

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    May 18, 2008 5:13 PM GMT
    I think nothing says "hire me" better than a fresh-pressed leopard-print thong.
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    May 18, 2008 5:23 PM GMT
    Want the job? Not sure what to wear? Easy! Apple gives a pretty good guideline of what they like and don't like...

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    May 18, 2008 5:27 PM GMT
    Just don't wear your Backstreet Boys T-shirt
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    May 18, 2008 5:27 PM GMT
    innerathlete saidI think nothing says "hire me" better than a fresh-pressed leopard-print thong.






    Definitely would love to see the look on the interviewer's face if someone walked in wearing that. Sounds like a "Candid Camera" moment
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    May 18, 2008 5:37 PM GMT
    iguanaSF saidAs someone who's worked in the Valley for almost 20 years now, and has interviewed plenty, whatever you do

    DON'T EVER WEAR A JACKET OR A TIE!!!!

    I can't be more adamant on this point.


    Wow, would MY instincts be wrong. I've never gone to an interview without a coat and tie in my life.

    Even now, working in a firm where "casual" dress is the norm, I'm the most dressed guy there.
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    May 18, 2008 6:09 PM GMT
    jprichvaI've never gone to an interview without a coat and tie in my life.


    Scene: technology company snack room, somewhere off the Central Expressway in Sunnyvale, two employees wearing jeans and t-shirts are gathered around the locally produced organic free-range fair-trade sustainably-packaged snacks:


    "See that interviewee today, the one with with the monkey suit on?"

    "Yup. So East Coast."

    "Totally."

    Both roll their eyes and shake their heads.




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    May 18, 2008 6:15 PM GMT
    It is sad that something as innocuous as the way one dresses for an interview has such a profound impact on our careers and thus our lives. It just proves a point to me that HR professionals and hiring managers are really just as clueless, nervous, and uncertain as the people they interview.
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    May 18, 2008 6:21 PM GMT
    innerathlete saidI think nothing says "hire me" better than a fresh-pressed leopard-print thong.


    THATS IT RIGHT THERE! icon_biggrin.gif And a warm confident smile!
  • GQjock

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    May 18, 2008 6:23 PM GMT
    Depends my man...

    Are you applying to work at the ... store?

    ...or in one of their corporate offices

    Your answer will determine what you need to wear
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    May 18, 2008 6:30 PM GMT
    Where knees pads representing that you are great at kissing ass and you are in LOL.

    Or you through on some Kak's with a white button up shirt but no tie. It does depend on what you will be doing too i guess.
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    May 18, 2008 6:45 PM GMT
    When going for job interviews it;s always better to dress then to dress down.

    Since you are going for a corporate job you should wear a nice pair of dress pants that are either black, gray, beige, or a dark brown. With that being said match the shirt color with the pants like a white shirt or whatever you have and definately wear a tie. Don't wear a clip-on....real men know how to tie a tie.

    Besides what you wear you should also pay attention to your physical appearance like your face, smell, and oddly enough your fingers and nails. The littlest things like that play a big part. Be clean shaven, use a dash or two of cologne that's not overpowerful, don't come your hair like you are going to a club and practice talking and trying to be chraming.

    Also don't take with you a backpag. Use a brief case, a laptop carrying case of even one of the cool looking man-purses since they can be a great accessory and make you look good. The key here is to look, feel, and be professional.

    Good luck.
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    May 18, 2008 6:53 PM GMT
    iguanaSF said[quote][cite]jprichva[/cite]I've never gone to an interview without a coat and tie in my life.


    Scene: technology company snack room, somewhere off the Central Expressway in Sunnyvale, two employees wearing jeans and t-shirts are gathered around the locally produced organic free-range fair-trade sustainably-packaged snacks:


    "See that interviewee today, the one with with the monkey suit on?"

    "Yup. So East Coast."

    "Totally."

    Both roll their eyes and shake their heads.




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    That is the FIRST time I have ever heard that... Maybe it is an east coast thing. All I know is, you show up without a shirt and tie? Yea good luck.

    First impressions - the more serious (professional) you're dressed, the more serious you are viewed. Who cares what the "employees" say/think about you. At this stage of the game the only person(s) who's opinion matters is the employERS.

    Honestly I would wear a shirt and tie if I were to interview at an apple store... not a full suit with a jacket - but still I'd look professional. Whatever I get to wear AFTER the interview is a different story together.

    I definitely agree it's best to be over dressed for an interview than under-dressed.
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    May 18, 2008 7:15 PM GMT
    It is a big company. You are going for an interview, not your first day of work. Dress up. Impress them with your business and/or technical skills. Don't distract them in your attire. Besides, there may be someone in the hiring process that will look unkindly on a casual appearance.

    I work in the engineering and R&D division of a very large company. No one wears a suit except the C-Suite. Most wear jeans every day. But if someone interviews there in casual attire, it is a major mark against them.
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    May 18, 2008 7:28 PM GMT
    GQjock saidDepends my man...

    Are you applying to work at the ... store?

    ...or in one of their corporate offices

    Your answer will determine what you need to wear


    Oh, the store.
  • GQjock

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    May 18, 2008 7:33 PM GMT
    then a nice button down
    with Khaki's or navy blue slacks

    ...no jeans
    or sneakers