Do job interviewers discriminate based on how expensive your suit looks etc?

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    Even if they don't admit to it, are job interviewers on average judgemental based on things like whether your suit is from a high end brand or looks like it was from your school days?
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    Depends where you are being interviewed.
    For certain interviews it will be less significant that others. In fact you should be aiming to give a look that stops you being discriminated by and that level is that you cna dress to a standard as though you fit into the workplace.

    That means if you go looking like a scruff it doesnt make a good impression.
    The higher up the food chain you go then the more they expect you to be able to dress reasonably smart.
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    (Original post by Ybsy75)
    Even if they don't admit to it, are job interviewers on average judgemental based on things like whether your suit is from a high end brand or looks like it was from your school days?
    Do you walk in with your label showing? Interviewers make a passing judgement on the smartness and appropriateness of an interviewee's appearance, that's all. Unless you are talking something incredible niche like a boutique clothing store, no employer is going to reject an otherwise very suitable candidate for wearing an M&S suit, or even having soup down their tie.
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    A lot of employers wouldn't even realise what constitutes an 'expensive' suit and what is 'high street'. It's not how much it costs that matters - it the overall appearance that counts. Does it fit? Is it in an appropriate colour? Is it clean and perfectly pressed? Is it worn with appropriate shoes, a good tie and a sensible overcoat (if the weather demands one)? What's the bag like?

    Overall, does the candidate look professional, smart, well turned out and a good advert for the business. These requirements can be fulfilled without having to have an Armani suit!
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    Depends where you are being interviewed.
    For certain interviews it will be less significant that others. In fact you should be aiming to give a look that stops you being discriminated by and that level is that you cna dress to a standard as though you fit into the workplace.

    That means if you go looking like a scruff it doesnt make a good impression.
    The higher up the food chain you go then the more they expect you to be able to dress reasonably smart.
    In my opinion they do - if you look smarter they may like you more as it shows you're presentable and like to impress etc. On the contrary, would you a hire a person for a school leaver program if he came in wearing a t shirt and jeans? (Rhetorical question, it's a no ), you need to show you care about that job and the dress code.
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    Yeah, a lot of consulting/law/banking firms discriminate in this way - the FT did an article on it a few months ago. More expensive suits tend to look better and be better fitting, whereas some cheap suits can look scruffy - so I assume that some other sectors discrimination on this, but perhaps more implicitly.
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    I see nothing wrong with it myself. In my opinion, a sharper, more expensive suit = more dedication and passion for the job.
 
 
 
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