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CB attire at a firm that's proud of having no dress code?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:39 am

I have a CB coming up at a firm I'm really interested in. They told me during my initial interview that almost everyone wears jeans every day, and one of the partners is notorious for rocking board shorts in the summer. I obviously won't go that casual, but what's a good option? If I wear a suit will it give the impression I wasn't paying attention when they described their "no dress code" policy or that I'm too much of a stiff to work there?

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Re: CB attire at a firm that's proud of having no dress code?

Postby Cavalier » Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:42 am

Call the recruiting person and politely ask.

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Re: CB attire at a firm that's proud of having no dress code?

Postby ZXCVBNM » Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:48 am

WEAR A SUIT!

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Re: CB attire at a firm that's proud of having no dress code?

Postby turkfish » Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:53 am

Everyone wears a suit when they interview at Quinn Emanuel.

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Re: CB attire at a firm that's proud of having no dress code?

Postby dood » Sun Aug 29, 2010 12:10 pm

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Re: CB attire at a firm that's proud of having no dress code?

Postby 270910 » Sun Aug 29, 2010 12:10 pm

turkfish wrote:Everyone wears a suit when they interview at Quinn Emanuel.

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Re: CB attire at a firm that's proud of having no dress code?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 29, 2010 12:41 pm

Obviously wear a suit and just be the kind of person who seems like they would wear board shorts and flip flops if they actually got the job.

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Re: CB attire at a firm that's proud of having no dress code?

Postby HBK » Sun Aug 29, 2010 12:45 pm

Suit and novelty tie. Just to showem you're wacky enough to work there.

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Re: CB attire at a firm that's proud of having no dress code?

Postby Duralex » Sun Aug 29, 2010 12:58 pm

turkfish wrote:Everyone wears a suit when they interview at Quinn Emanuel.

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Re: CB attire at a firm that's proud of having no dress code?

Postby bk1 » Sun Aug 29, 2010 1:51 pm

Naked.

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Re: CB attire at a firm that's proud of having no dress code?

Postby mightyaphrodite » Sun Aug 29, 2010 2:53 pm

turkfish wrote:Everyone wears a suit when they interview at Quinn Emanuel.

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Re: CB attire at a firm that's proud of having no dress code?

Postby beachbum » Sun Aug 29, 2010 2:57 pm

bk1 wrote:Naked.


+1. It sounds like this firm appreciates a risk-taker.

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Re: CB attire at a firm that's proud of having no dress code?

Postby NewHere » Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:03 pm

Suit.

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Re: CB attire at a firm that's proud of having no dress code?

Postby bk1 » Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:04 pm

NewHere wrote:Suit. Birthday Suit


FTFY

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Re: CB attire at a firm that's proud of having no dress code?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:11 pm

Suit. Erring on the side of too dressed up and too conservative is usually best. Also, this stuff drives me insane.

I had a screening interview where my interviewers were wearing a polo, jeans, and flip flops (guy) and the girl was wearing a fitted t-shirt, khakis, and sandals. They told me I could take off my jacket if I was warm and take off my shoes if my feet hurt (I am female). I wasn't sure what to do (the room was ~95 degrees and i was wearing a long sleeve button down and a wool suit), but I just remained as I was. I got a CB, but I was concerned they thought I was uptight. Sigh.

I am really suspecting this might be the same firm.....

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Re: CB attire at a firm that's proud of having no dress code?

Postby rayiner » Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:20 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Suit. Erring on the side of too dressed up and too conservative is usually best. Also, this stuff drives me insane.

I had a screening interview where my interviewers were wearing a polo, jeans, and flip flops (guy) and the girl was wearing a fitted t-shirt, khakis, and sandals. They told me I could take off my jacket if I was warm and take off my shoes if my feet hurt (I am female). I wasn't sure what to do (the room was ~95 degrees and i was wearing a long sleeve button down and a wool suit), but I just remained as I was. I got a CB, but I was concerned they thought I was uptight. Sigh.

I am really suspecting this might be the same firm.....


Grownups wear suits. That is all.

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Re: CB attire at a firm that's proud of having no dress code?

Postby jayn3 » Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:24 pm

bk1 wrote:
NewHere wrote:Suit. Birthday Suit


FTFY

:D

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Re: CB attire at a firm that's proud of having no dress code?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:34 pm

rayiner wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Suit. Erring on the side of too dressed up and too conservative is usually best. Also, this stuff drives me insane.

I had a screening interview where my interviewers were wearing a polo, jeans, and flip flops (guy) and the girl was wearing a fitted t-shirt, khakis, and sandals. They told me I could take off my jacket if I was warm and take off my shoes if my feet hurt (I am female). I wasn't sure what to do (the room was ~95 degrees and i was wearing a long sleeve button down and a wool suit), but I just remained as I was. I got a CB, but I was concerned they thought I was uptight. Sigh.

I am really suspecting this might be the same firm.....


Grownups wear suits. That is all.


Seriously. I find a little strange that engineering outfits that are strictly informal and where they literally never wear a suit are like, yes, you will interview in a suit -- and law firms that have a casual dress policy but whose lawyers wear suits to court and formal meetings will actually instruct you not to wear a suit to the interview. I guess this is all part of that reaction to the law firm norm and establishing their culture sort of thing they want to establish in their callback, and that's cool, but it is a little inconvenient to not be able to just whip on a suit for each of a series of callbacks. Plus, I feel more confident interviewing in a suit, but that's just a personal issue.

re: OP's question -- I think you should have been told this either over the phone or in the callback confirmation email. Re-read it. If you have been provided no instruction, just wear a suit. If they say you're overdressed when you show up, take off your jacket and tie while making mildly humorous comments, like about how comfortable you are without the suit on, etc.




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