kcdc1 wrote:Your alumni interview sounds.....romantic.
Regarding the suit issue, I attended a business casual interview in a suit under the logic that looking your best never makes a bad impression. Even at a bar, men in suits look assertive. The imagined downside risk of looking like you're trying too hard doesn't seem plausible to me. Of course you're trying hard--this is important to you.
Yeah, I guess it partly depends on the general culture/norms of whatever area or city you're in. It's ultimately a matter of judgement. If I had worn a suit to that interview in that setting, it would have been overkill.
I think by not wearing a suit it became less of an "interview" and more of a relaxing, friendly conversation. Getting your interviewer out of interviewer mode creates a different environment that can actually be to your benefit.
The giant caveat is that this is dependent on where you're meeting. For instance my Northwestern interview was in the attorney's office during the early afternoon, and so I wore a suit to this one.