I have a fitness job interview monday... What to wear?

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    Apr 23, 2010 2:20 PM GMT
    Okay here's the scoop, job interview Monday for a company gym equip supplier and consultant group to do basic sales and marketing stuff...student type intern job

    Option 1 is to go all out suit and tie... Which I usually do and always show up really innapropriatly over dressed. All the formal stuff is left over from my dept store personal shopping days and weddings etc basically everything I have is too fashionable and not buisness...bright colors, metallics, fitted plus.... I've bulked up a lot so it's noticably too small

    Option 2 is too wear a casual A&F type shirt or fitteted polo which I'd like to wear over kakis but all mine have holes and are too scruffy.... So I guess over dark jeans and some slightly scruffyish casual trainers. This runs the risk of me showing up like other jersey shore-esque douche bags I'm sure they will be interviewing.

    Option 3 is to show up in something actual fitness orientated.... Given the application did expressly say fitness enthusiast...3 times. So fitted black army type fitness T over jeans and sportier trainers maybe? Or track pants... But I don't want to look like a stepped right out of the gym

    I could maybe.... Sink money into new kakis or fitness track pants... Mine are too scruffy to pass. But there's no way I can invest in enough formals to properly fit

    and option 4 some kind of combo of the above...



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    Apr 23, 2010 3:04 PM GMT
    I think any interview, regardless of the industry, you should dress smartly for. That doesn't mean full three-piece suit necessarily, but smart trousers, proper shoes and a shirt at a minimum - you might just need to bite the bullet and buy new stuff if your old clobber is too tight!
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    Apr 23, 2010 3:07 PM GMT
    At least khakis and a collared shirt (preferrably without a logo)...that's what I wore when I got hired for my fitness job...Good Luck!
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    Apr 23, 2010 3:09 PM GMT
    No jacket, no tie. Other than that, dress to impress.
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    Apr 23, 2010 3:12 PM GMT
    A suit, a business shirt and polished shoes.

    A tie is not necessary unless the job has a particular need for presentation, i.e. you deal daily with stakeholders, potential clients etc.

    Personally I would always dress in a smart but conservative suit (brash colours might be ok in an outlandish marketing firm).

    If the job is in sales where presentation matters then definitely dress professionally.

    I have never found anyone I've hired in the last two years to be over dressed. But quite a few came to the interview too casual.

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    Apr 23, 2010 3:15 PM GMT
    I woud tend to think that your body would indicate a knowledge and love of fitness, so no need to wear fitness gear as that would be over kill.

    Since it's a casual domain, I'd go with the second option as the first one could make you out to be stuffy
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    Apr 23, 2010 3:16 PM GMT
    I vote nice pants and shoes and then a knit shirt that shoes off the guns so they know you know fitness.
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    Apr 23, 2010 3:19 PM GMT
    GabeFletcher saidI think any interview, regardless of the industry, you should dress smartly for. That doesn't mean full three-piece suit necessarily, but smart trousers, proper shoes and a shirt at a minimum - you might just need to bite the bullet and buy new stuff if your old clobber is too tight!


    Agreed, For my interview to become a group fitness instructor with Lifetime, I wore slacks and a button down shirt and nice boots. I had an audition as well, and of course that was in athletic attire, but for the interviews it was always the business end of business casual.
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    Apr 23, 2010 3:20 PM GMT
    AussieBody said

    If the job is in sales where presentation matters then definitely dress professionally.

    I have never found anyone I've hired in the last two years to be over dressed. But quite a few came to the interview too casual.



    Definitely dress as business-professional as you can. You want to stand out as the guy who came with his A-game and not the one who showed up like he was just out for a stroll.
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    Apr 23, 2010 3:27 PM GMT
    Based on your pictures, you can't go wrong with this combination:

    Light blue (fitted or slim cut) dress shirt, no tie (top button unbuttoned and no undershirt showing behind collar)
    Black or charcoal slacks
    Polished black shoes

    It means business, without looking stuffy. This is a sales/marketing related job. You need to "SELL" yourself.

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    Apr 23, 2010 3:29 PM GMT
    If it's a sales and marketing job, I would suggest going with shirt and tie. I would suggest a semi-fitted shirt with a point or no more than an ainsley spread collar. A button down collar is a little too casual and a cutaway or what we sometimes call a Londoner collar here in the States is a little too trendy. Light blue or ecru are better than white. You do not want to look like a missionary.

    For interviews I usually suggest my clients wear a somewhat conservative patterned tie in more subdued tones that offers an attractive contrast with the shirt without drawing undue attention to the tie itself. Remember, you want to look well put together without putting their focus on your wardrobe rather than you. If you're comfortable with it, I would suggest something towards the darker end of the red spectrum. It suggests confidence without projecting dominance like a brighter red might.

    As for the pants, you cannot go wrong with a nice pair of gabardines. I'd go with a solid color over a pattern unless it's a solid herringbone or a subtle tic-weave. You can never go wrong with charcoal. Black is a little severe for an interview and many people have strong opinions about navy. While pleats are more conservative, I would suggest flat fronts with a moderate rise for a younger guy. Also, look for an angled front pocket rather than an on-seam one. On-seam pockets tend to flair a bit on about 50% of guys especially if you're athletically built with an ample booty and larger thighs. Though I have had clients with thighs so big they could not get around having to go with pleats.

    Don't forget to shine your shoes. Black or cordovan go with everything.

    Good luck!

    robby
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    Apr 23, 2010 3:29 PM GMT
    i think that for this kind of job interview, I would go for a combination of ur two first options. Meaning looking smart, with elements of trendy/sportive type.
    - Nice teeshirt - color white with a fun drawing or grey would be appreciated
    - Dark (Grey or black) Top suit.
    - Probably more a jean than a slack/pant.
    - No baskets, for sure !

    You gotta look clean, good hair cut/styled, no barb.
    Those clothes of urs gotta give the impression that u're a sportive guy. Also

    And of course you gotta have the skills for the job.. Make complete sentences and always look relax and calm, never big gestures ! never.

    Good luck !

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    Apr 23, 2010 3:35 PM GMT
    djl85 said
    AussieBody said

    If the job is in sales where presentation matters then definitely dress professionally.

    I have never found anyone I've hired in the last two years to be over dressed. But quite a few came to the interview too casual.



    Definitely dress as business-professional as you can. You want to stand out as the guy who came with his A-game and not the one who showed up like he was just out for a stroll.

    I definitely agree with this.
    I have worked in retail management most of my life and I would get people that would come in to apply or interview for a job that looked like they just rolled out of bed and threw on what they wore the day before and didn't really care much what they looked like and I had some that would come in dressed quite nicely with a pair of dress pants and a dress shirt and tie (for a guy) or a nice skirt or slacks and a nice blouse (for a girl). I would almost always look at the application and interview the nicely dressed ones and would only interview the not so nicely dressed ones if I absolutely had to. It was the nicer dressed ones that got the jobs because they cared about what they looked like and how they presented themselves.
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    Apr 23, 2010 3:36 PM GMT
    I'd opt for "Option 4" Drew... nice pair of khakis with nice polo shirt... if you
    don't own one, buy a fresh one... polo's are great because you can look good, especially if one has an athletic body.. I think thats to your advantage.. you can show you are what you represent. You live the part.
    To me that says something.

    Good luck let us know how it goes.
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    Apr 23, 2010 3:52 PM GMT
    Spend the money on the kakis. That's perfect. You DO NOT want to dress like some scared, clueless, nerd in needlessly formal attire. That only makes you look stupid and clueless. DO wear something that shows you'r e in great shape (a tailored polo shirt), try to be tan, put on your happy face, be gregarious, positive, and amenable. Listen, but, be warm and approachable. Fitness sales, sales in general, is about being warm and sociable. If you look the part, and are gregarious, you'll get the job. In sales, the saying goes "make a friend; sell a friend." It's about being competent, and...building a relationship. Once you build a relationship with a customer, a boss, or a prospect, they'll walk to the ends of the earth with you if they like that relationship.

    So, dress in the kakis, a polo shirt, be tan if you can, wear something that shows you're in shape (flaunt it, but, not a bunch). For this part, you can wear clean tennis shoes, too, or dockers, but, NO dress shoes. Be impeccably groomed. (It signals an attention to detail.) You're selling fitness equipment, and need to look the part, put folks at ease, and look like you use it, too. Whatever you do, don't wear baggies, and a sweatshirt. That's about the worst look of all. No need to look like an accountant. Most of all though: converse. Be confident. Be prepared. You'll get the job if the person likes you. Sadly, it's often not about competence but gets down to that social interaction of being liked, and making the other person at ease with you. Sales is ALL about that.

    Introduce yourself. Be engaging. Logan always kids me that I can engage a perfect stranger in conversation about anything anywhere for 30 minutes. I can, and, they go away knowing my FULL name, and number. I learned that when I was the chapter management vp for The Jaycees. Tell folks your name. Shake their hand. Smile. Say their name multiple times. I know it's politics but that's what gets the job done and builds foundations. Ever watch President Obama? He drips charisma. Don't be a stuffy suit. Dress the part (let them see you're a stud,), put on your happy face, be engaging; friendly. You'll nail the job if you're liked. That's how it works.

    Think "golfer" on this one.
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    Apr 23, 2010 4:15 PM GMT
    a jockstrap
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    Apr 23, 2010 4:17 PM GMT
    calibro saida jockstrap


    Damn you! I was going to say exactly this.
  • Thaer

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    Apr 23, 2010 4:35 PM GMT
    Well it depends what kind of company you are applying for … is it a big or small one …. What is the dress code for the marketing employees there.. Do they wear ties or not … in general don’t wear jackets and keep a classic pants (black, grey or navy) and classic shirt (white or light blue), tie is optional.. Although it’s always preferable to wear one especially if it’s a big company… keep in mind you are a college student … not in high school so they will expect a certain level of professionalism and dedication from you.. So you have to show it in the way that you look……. And don’t worry they will notice your body even if you are wearing a tent ….
    Focus more on what you are going to say.. And to dress smart (especially if it’s a walk through or open interview) were several people are going to be interviewed one after one .. It’s better to be over dressed than dressed inappropriately compared to others.
    Think of it as a date in high-class restaurants .. Everybody hate it ..( it kind a make you feel French) .. But still you have to dress appropriate.
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    Apr 23, 2010 6:05 PM GMT
    Thanx all for the input icon_razz.gif

    What I quite probably need is a whole new serious wardrobe away for the junk I wear around college

    I think I'm going to have to go with my only good pair of black shoes which are buisness formal

    I have almost black tie suit trousers... But they're too formal to wear so I hit the mall and invested what I had in light grey chinos from Ted baker

    I have a number of options for what to wear on top...I'll have to get into my wardrobe when I get home
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    Apr 23, 2010 6:09 PM GMT
    Oh it's a small company only about ten people. Sales work with 'some marketing experience preffered' part time work

    I'm just freaked because it's my first interview in about 8 mths.... and competition has incresed so much since I could walk into jobs
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    Apr 23, 2010 6:35 PM GMT
    Good luck on the interview dude. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 23, 2010 8:08 PM GMT
    Okay....so which of the following guys would you hire

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  • Thaer

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    Apr 23, 2010 8:31 PM GMT



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    Personally I will go with this one … it fits u better than the white shirt ……. yeah and good luck in the interview
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    Apr 23, 2010 8:32 PM GMT
    Either of the long sleeve button-up. Perhaps roll the sleeve up once or twice (they're a tad long on you) and press the shirt. Good luck with the interview. Let us know how it goes.
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    Apr 23, 2010 8:35 PM GMT
    Oh one more piece of unsoiled advice. Make your bed!