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    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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    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.

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    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.
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    set up in the chair!!!!!!!

    Practice

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    Go to Jos. A Bank and tell them you want to look just like James Bond. They will give you the job without the interview.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Dress (not act) like a British banker and you'll do fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scfire86 View Post
    Dress (not act) like a British banker and you'll do fine.
    As if a British secret agent weren't good enough...
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowball View Post
    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.
    ....and I know this will melt your brain, along with any other of you young guys reading this...yes I know it will be very painful, I know it will suck for you...I know you will probably cry having to do it, much less fathom the mere thought of doing it......but.....

    ......LEAVE YOUR CELL PHONE IN THE CAR WHEN YOU ARRIVE FOR THE INTERVIEW.......

    Yup. Do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    ....and I know this will melt your brain, along with any other of you young guys reading this...yes I know it will be very painful, I know it will suck for you...I know you will probably cry having to do it, much less fathom the mere thought of doing it......but.....

    ......LEAVE YOUR CELL PHONE IN THE CAR WHEN YOU ARRIVE FOR THE INTERVIEW.......

    Yup. Do it.
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    Clothes. Showing up naked is frowned upon. Even if you are a smoking hot female, because then everyone starts fighting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scfire86 View Post
    Exactamundo. The world can go a couple of hours with you being unavailable. You are not carrying the football for the President.
    I thought Obama was more a basketball kind of guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    ....and I know this will melt your brain, along with any other of you young guys reading this...yes I know it will be very painful, I know it will suck for you...I know you will probably cry having to do it, much less fathom the mere thought of doing it......but.....

    ......LEAVE YOUR CELL PHONE IN THE CAR WHEN YOU ARRIVE FOR THE INTERVIEW.......

    Yup. Do it.
    Having sat on both sides of the table, now more on the panel side, I'd say if you bring your cellphone in and we notice it, all the better. It proves that if you can't be without it there, you'll be married to it at work. I am convinced that the last bit of brotherhood in the fire service is quickly being demolished by technology.

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowball View Post
    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.
    What happened to the sun dress and sandals ?
    ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slackjawedyokel View Post
    What happened to the sun dress and sandals ?
    Forgot my razor, the leg stubble was horrid
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