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What to wear for interviews

Hi All,


Please can I ask for some advice as to what the correct dress code is when going for a personal appointment with an employment agent or with a prospective employer.


I have two appointments lined up for when I arrive in CH in November and would like to dress appropriately.


I am applying for artisan/technician positions (Betriebsmechaniker/Service Techniker)


Any advice will be greatly appreciated, thank you
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Please can I ask for some advice as to what the correct dress code is when going for a personal appointment with an employment agent or with a prospective employer.
A suit and tie is never wrong (I'm assuming you're male), but take care of the little details like doing up the top shirt button and only pairing with decent, cleaned, shoes.

If not possible then reasonable "smart" clothing would be the next best, but whatever you choose to wear, you'll more be judged on how you're wearing it than what it is, for example making sure your shirt's properly ironed, even if it might be a little frayed on the cuff, or getting a good shine on a pair of old leather shoes even if they're a little worn at the heel.

Clean, well-kept clothes and personal appearance are what's important here, not the specific items you wear. A stained and shiny suit, crumpled shirt and crooked tie will give a much worse impression than decent clean clothes of almost any type.
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Re: What to wear for interviews

  • Black or dark grey / navey blue suit. No other colours are appropriate.
  • White / light blue shirt.
  • The tie can match the company corporate colours.
  • Black shoes of course.
In general you don't want to stand out for the wrong reasons. You want to look as professional as possible and draw the employers attention to your skills and experience rather than to what you are wearing on the day.
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Re: What to wear for interviews

The interview is not for a "business/office" position which may dictate than "business formal" could be dropped. HOWEVER I'd alway advise you turn up as smart as possible for an interview in something you feel comfortable in.

If you've not worn a suit and tie for 20 years you may feel uncomfortable in it and may feel self-conscious about it in an interview situation, so it is worth considering that when dusting off a dated looking suit and tie.

And remember - no shirt pockets and ALWAYS have collar bones
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In general you don't want to stand out for the wrong reasons. .
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I am applying for artisan/technician positions (Betriebsmechaniker/Service Techniker)

If a Service Techniker is dressed as a Banker he will stand out by a mile.
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  • Black or dark grey / navey blue suit. No other colours are appropriate.
  • White / light blue shirt.
  • The tie can match the company corporate colours.
  • Black shoes of course.
In general you don't want to stand out for the wrong reasons. You want to look as professional as possible and draw the employers attention to your skills and experience rather than to what you are wearing on the day.
That would be way over the top for the positions he's interviewing for and wouldn't necessarily give the best impression either.

A smart jacket and trousers ( or suit) with a shirt and tie and well polished shoes would be the look I would go for in the OP's position. Smart, clean and tidy.
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That would be way over the top for the positions he's interviewing for and wouldn't necessarily give the best impression either.

A smart jacket and trousers ( or suit) with a shirt and tie and well polished shoes would be the look I would go for in the OP's position. Smart, clean and tidy.
Agreed. Should google before I post!

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Re: What to wear for interviews

Just ask.

I'm swiss, and I asked my current employer when arranging the first interview, so wasn't a nogo from his POV. A foreigner may obviously not be familiar with local dresscodes.

When in doubt tend to dressing too well.

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For the company pictured by Love Doctor I'd probably wear blue jeans (NOT torn) and a (perhaps plead) shirt, definitely no tie, shoes that tend to being sturdy.
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Re: What to wear for interviews

Always overdress, never underdress.

For your position I would not wear a suit but kaki's (never jeans (the blue colored ones) to an interview). some nice shoes and a button down shirt. no tie.

google image : business casual/smart casual and that will give you some good examples.

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... and ALWAYS have collar bones
Otherwise your head sinks into your chest cavity.
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Re: What to wear for interviews

Thanks to all for the great advice.


By the sounds of things I would not be too bad off if wearing:


Decent pair of dark color chinos(well ironed), a collared shirt with no pockets(also well ironed), decent looking black shoes(well polished) and a smart casual jacket.


A tie would be optional and a belt should be a must.


This sounds pretty doable and what I would consider normal interview attire.
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Re: What to wear for interviews

Yes, that all sounds very good.

And absolute nogo are white socks or joke socks. Your socks should be dark and plain.

If your interview is in a factory or a machine plant, or similar, where the workmen's shoes would usually be dirty, the administrative section of the company might, if they are finicky, require those dirty boots to be taken off at the door or in the locker-rooms. Just in case they ask that of you, too, say on a rain-and-mud day, your socks should be absolutely impecably odour-free and your socks perfectly hole-free.

I'd recommend taking along some sunglasses. You'll be in a different climate with a different kind of altitude and lighting, and on your way to the interview, and especially if you are viewing anything on site, you can protect yourself from developing a headache.

Also, what you carry is important. No rucksacks/backpacks. No plastic bags. A flat, plain laptop-type shoulder bag, which is very orderly inside. Include your own pen and notepad, so you don't have to ask for one (and thereby look efficient) if there's anything you'd like to jot down.

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Re: What to wear for interviews

For a tech weenie, jeans and t-shirt are good, forget suit and tie, if you haven't worn something like that for a while you will be sweaty and smelly and it will throw you off your game.
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Re: What to wear for interviews

This sounds quite normal and easily doable from previous interviews that I have had on this side.


One interview I had here the director of the company even inspected my car as he believed that it's condition and how neatly you pack it are a reflection of how you are as a person. At least that won't happen in CH since I won't have a car


So I don't really think that the Swiss are that fussy.
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  • Black or dark grey / navey blue suit. No other colours are appropriate.
  • White / light blue shirt.
  • The tie can match the company corporate colours.
  • Black shoes of course.
Your shoes should match your belt
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Re: What to wear for interviews

Don't dress for the job you have, but the one you want. I suggest a bat suit.

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Don't dress for the job you have, but the one you want. I suggest a bat suit.

Not bad, does it come with all the accessories?
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Don't dress for the job you have, but the one you want. I suggest a bat suit.



The shoes dont match the belt
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Oh darn! so the Bat suit is out.


Guess I will have to stick with conventional attire
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Re: What to wear for interviews

or dress like this to get a combination of smart, with a tie, and hands-on
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