View Full Version : Second interview, same suit?

11-10-2004, 12:28 PM
I really only own one suit that looks decent. I never have to wear them at my job, so I only own one.

So, last week I went to an interview and I wore the only suit I have. Now, I have been called in for a second interview (YAY). This is a job I really really want. Should I buy another suit?

I have already had to waste two days of vacation just to go on these interviews - and i'm not sure I want to shell out a wad of cash for a job I might not get.

Do you guys think it is necessary to wear a suit to an interview? And, would it be bad to wear the same one if I dressed it up slightly differently? Like - a different shirt underneath, different accessories, etc.?

11-10-2004, 12:33 PM
I say dress the suit up differently. Save yourself some money. Its not like they'd look down on you for wearing the same one. Would they? What job is this again?

11-10-2004, 12:35 PM
I would definitely not wear the same exact outfit to a 2nd interview. If you don't get this job, will you continue to interview? If so, an investment in another suit might be a good idea. Or, maybe you could look around for a coordinating jacket to go with a skirt you already have.

IMO, you should always wear a suit to an interview, even if it turns out the workplace is extremely casual. At the least, I would think you should wear a skirt and jacket, even if it's not technically a suit.

11-10-2004, 12:37 PM
Originally posted by and1grad
I say dress the suit up differently. Save yourself some money. Its not like they'd look down on you for wearing the same one. Would they?It's different for girls, the jacket and skirt/pants are the focus - a guy can wear the same dark suit with a different shirt and tie and no one will notice.

11-10-2004, 12:38 PM
Will you be interviewing w/ a different person this time? I say dress the suit up differently, wear a different color shirt/nylons or whatever

11-10-2004, 12:43 PM
The job is at Stanford. It is a marcom specialist.

I will be meeting with different people as well as the same people I met with last time. I have to do 4 different sets of "group" interviews. So scary.

11-10-2004, 12:45 PM
I would suggest dressing the same suit up differently. If you change the shirt underneath and wear different jewelry it will look like a different outfit. No sense shelling out a bunch of cash for something that you don't really need.

11-10-2004, 01:18 PM
I would definitely try to wear the same suit in a different way. If that's not possible, maybe you can just get a different piece to wear with what you have -- like, I have a suit that has a skirt, pants and a jacket for variety.

Otherwise, I think you'll have to get another suit. Good luck on the interview!!

11-10-2004, 01:23 PM
i had this problem. the benefit of being a woman, is that you don't always have to be wearing a suit to look professional. so, if you wore the suit on your first interview, i think you could wear a conservative skirt or pant with a sweater set and be fine.

a good way to guage is go by what your interviewer was wearing in your last interview. if they were wearing a suit, then suit it up! if not, you probably have more leeway.

11-10-2004, 01:23 PM
I work in HR, and I honestly never care if someone wears the same suit twice for interviews. I probably wouldn't even notice unless it was an unusual suit. I agree with the others to just wear a different shirt/scarf with the suit.

I know that interviewing is stressful, so I do everything possible to make my candidates comfortable. For second round interviews, I usually tell them not to wear suits unless they're interviewing with executives.

11-10-2004, 01:38 PM
You could wear a cowboy hat! Or maybe an Abe Lincoln stove pipe hat. you can bet they won't notice you have on the same outfit. they'd be think "holy shit look at that hat!"

11-10-2004, 01:53 PM
If it is a basic black suit, you can always dress it up or find a skirt or pants to go with it insted of what you wore previously.
But it also doesn't hurt to have another suit on hand. I have three- basic black, chocolate brown, and a camel color one thats light for the summers, but I go to a lot of trade shows and if we don't want to wear our company polo shirt, we have to wear a suit....yuck!

11-10-2004, 03:13 PM
Suits are basic. I don't see anything wrong with dressing the same suit up differently...I definitely wouldn't purchase another if I didn't otherwise need one. Mixing and matching is a key wardrobe sensibility.

I also concur that interviews should be done in suits, even if you know you won't be wearing anything but casual wear. Our sports writers have typically come to work in warmup pants. But they always interview in suits.

11-10-2004, 03:43 PM
Wear something different.
If you wore a skirt suit before (and its a neutral color) then take a piece and wear it with something else.

Example.....black skirt suit probably includes a jacket.

Wear a pair of dress pants (dont have to be black could be camel, or some other easy color) and wear the suit jacket with it. Use your top to bring it together and wear different jewlery.

I own 1 suit myself, but I do own several jackets and blouses that can be worn with several pieces to make several outfits.

Good luck with the interview.

PS.....just because you are meeting with new people doesnt mean they wont have you say hello to those you met with before!

11-11-2004, 12:02 AM
I've seen the pansuits women wear and thought damn those look comfortable... Lucky you not needing a tie.

11-11-2004, 11:25 PM
every time ive ever worn a suit to an interview ive never gotten the job. every time i wore seperates ive had way better luck. so since i low roll and get mineature pay i buy them at places like gap and old navy.

but i say carry i different hand bag, accessorize differently, pair it with a different pair of pumps, and wear a different color top and no one will notice either way.

11-12-2004, 04:27 PM
I ended up finding an old pin-stripe blazer I had and matching it with some gray pants. I had a white button-down shirt on underneath.

I didn't especially love my outfit, but I think it worked well enough. Thanks for everyones opinions and advice!

11-12-2004, 05:03 PM
I'd be very surprised if they memorized your dress code from the last interview and judged you on that. I say, stick to the suit, and dress it up with different accesories, undershirt.

They probably saw several people with suits that day. However, if they took your picture, then it's new suit buying time.