« on: July 08, 2007, 09:49:31 AM »
i've not been to "OCI" but i've been working for 15 years and done many an interview. when your just starting out try and get 2 nice suits, one a dark color black, dark grey etc. and one a light color tan or light grey. but if you can't affort two one will get you through your interviews. im from the NE so i prefer black but a nice dark blue will do. i don't know anyone just starting out who has a suit for everyday of the week, two suits is perfectly acceptable. it's the shirt and tie that make the outfit. as for shirts knock yourself out (they're cheaper get as many as you can afford. if your shirt collar has buttons it should not be worn with a tie, i know you see that all the time but it's wrong. those are casual shirts not meant to be worn with suits (if you don't believe me ask the guy in the store). you can make the same suit look like new just by changing up your shirt and ties. you can never have enough white shirts they're classy and go with everything. but you want to get some other colors as well. if you can only afford two get white and some other color. this is the most important thing i know you don't have a lot of money but you should get a nice suit as much as you can afford. macy's bloomindales etc. are always having sales stay tuned and catch a sale. (the average for a decent suit is $400-500) try and save or borrow from your parents. they usually don't mind coming off of money for an interview suit if you pay them back. i wouldn't get a suit that costs $100.00 unless it's been marked down i've not seen a $100.00 suit that looked good. DO NOT BUY CHEAP SHOES i don't care how much your suit costs if you're wearing cheap shoes you will look like ish (if you don't believe me ask a lady friend). get a decent pair of dress shoes around $100.00 (once again try and catch a sale). you want to look nice, they know you can't afford the $1000.00 dollar suit but with a decent suit, and a nice shirt and tie you can fake it. oh one more thing when buying off the rack, get your suit altered to fit you correctly, it makes all the difference.