I have a Panel Interview coming up next week and I am going to be buying a new suit for this interview. I was just wondering what everyone's thoughts were on what the suit should look like and what color of shirt and tie should go along with it as well. This will be my first Panel Interview and I am not familiar on what to wear. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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08-23-2012, 09:51 AM #1
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Panel Interview Attire
08-23-2012, 11:58 AM #2
If a Class A uniform is not appropriate, then this is how I dress.
Solid black suit, no pinstripes.
White shirt, long sleeves.
Black shoes and belt.
Tie that has a small pattern and is not distracting (think "too bright").
No jewelry other than watch and wedding ring.
08-23-2012, 12:29 PM #3
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- Rural Wisconsin, Retired from the burbs of Milwaukee
A business style suit, I have worn a grey pinstripe suit for both interviews where I got hired. Dress shirt, to me color is not as important as long as it isn't over the top, light blue, light green, light yellow, white. I agree on the tie, not flashy or distracting, not a clipon. POLISH YOUR SHOES, make them shine. Belt in good shapenot the belt you wear everyday.
Be polite, yes ma'am, yes sir, and so on. Pause a few seconds to ponder the questions asked. If you don't understand a question ask them to repeat it or clarify it. Take a copy of your resume and reference letters with you. Speak slowly, clearly and in proper English.
Most of all, be calm. Good luck.“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.” Leo F. Buscaglia
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08-23-2012, 12:36 PM #4
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set up in the chair!!!!!!!
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08-23-2012, 02:07 PM #5
08-23-2012, 06:39 PM #6
Get a hair cut, take a shower, shave and dress like you want this job.
Don't try to bs the folks doing the interview, as you aren't the first they have interview before.
Look each one in the eye when you are talking to them.
Good luck.Stay Safe and Well Out There....
Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers
08-23-2012, 07:56 PM #7
Don't wear a flashy suit. Dress like you bought that suit on your own dime, not mom and dads. Don't wear a lot of jewelry, hair gel, dollar sign gold chain, cologne, or shades. Contrary to popular trends, the fire service has no need for Jersey Shore wannabes.IAFF
08-23-2012, 08:59 PM #8
Dress (not act) like a British banker and you'll do fine.Politics is like driving. To go forward select "D", to go backward select "R."
08-24-2012, 12:15 AM #9
08-24-2012, 08:40 AM #10
......LEAVE YOUR CELL PHONE IN THE CAR WHEN YOU ARRIVE FOR THE INTERVIEW.......
Yup. Do it."Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."
08-24-2012, 09:27 AM #11
08-24-2012, 10:20 AM #12
Clothes. Showing up naked is frowned upon. Even if you are a smoking hot female, because then everyone starts fighting.
08-24-2012, 10:21 AM #13
08-24-2012, 10:49 AM #14
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- Northeast Coast
As far as what you wear? Again I've been involved in many hiring processes over the last 12 years and the only time anyone's clothes came up, post panel interview, was when they were disheveled or somehow inappropriate (t-shirt/jeans, very short skirt, drenched in cologne) . Given the make-up of our panel (civilian personnel committee and two FD Chief Officers) no one picks apart those who show up well kept and appropriate. Short of being totally stupid it's pretty unlikely the color of your tie or pin stripes or not, will be a factor. I'd love to be blessed with enough great candidates that that would remotely be looked at. Again, if you show up in street clothes, or otherwise call negative attention to yourself that might indicate your lack of common sense or understanding of how things work in the municipal/professional world.
08-24-2012, 09:29 PM #15
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08-24-2012, 11:33 PM #16
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