ust because the candidate is trying to make the best possible first impression. You only get one chance to do that... might as well dress nicely. Overkill would be wearing a suit and tie to a company where everyone is in jeans and t-shirts. But, I've had candidates go to interviews dressed casually, even in super-casual Silicon Valley, and they got torpedoed for it. Wearing flip-flops or sandals is another no-no, in my opinion.
My feeling is that it is better to err on the side of formality, when trying to get an offer, than to regret it later, just not to over-do it.…
nd them up and beat enough sense into them to open the door for them to walk though it and learn something form the experience.
But it seems to have started in late December that various of my clients in different industries have started asking for mature candidates who know how to dress , handle themselves and will stay off the damn internet at work. I had one HR Director tell me that if saw one more idiot in a T-shirt with a blazer over it walk through the door he was going to tell him they don't do TV commercials, and they don't wear t-shirts. or jeans to work..
Another client said "if they see any reference to twitter or facebook on a resume it goes into the black hole to die along with those that mention a fan page. Who knows maybe corporate American has had a gut full of social media in the workplace.…
t the least wear pressed jeans and a crisp shirt.
In my opinion refusing all beverages might not be the best way to develop a relationship. If the interviewer is drinking coffee then I think it is OK for the interviewee to accept a cup as well. Part of developing a relationship typically involves consuming something. It helps with bonding on a more subconcious level to accept a beverage. That is sort of a human ritual to eat or drink together. So I would say the idea of not accepting any beverage might make relationship building more difficult.
I think the rule of thumb is if the manager conducting the interview is also partaking of a beverage then it is acceptable to accept a similar beverage as well. But keep the beverage similar. If the manager is drinking water, then just drink water yourself. If the manager is drinking a simple cup of coffee then that is fine for you also, don't go for a soy cappuchino with honey.
I agree that stumbling into an appointment of any kind carrying around a paper Starbucks cup with coffee stains running down the side is sloppy.
I get this very rarely but I did used to have some clients from Mexico City who typically drank wine at lunchtime. In my opinion it is always safer to eschew any alchoholic beverage regardless of what the interviewee might be drinking or the time of day the interview is taking place. Just because it is happy hour somewhere does not mean you need to drink booze. …