Stupid Interview Mistakes | Dressing Inappropriately |

Dressing inappropriately does not mean you should “suit up.” I’ve had clients who would surprise you about what they wanted to see.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and I coach people and organizations to be more effective. You know, sometimes that involves job search. Sometimes it's being more effective in the workplace with hiring, managing, a whole host of different things. I used to work as a professional recruiter for a heck of a long time. And when I transitioned into coaching, I love this kind of work. I'd love to help you, too.

Today's video is one of that one of those dumb interview mistakes that people make, and it's about dressing inappropriately for the interview. I want to be clear, I'm not telling you to suit up you know, wear a suit and tie or wear a ballroom gown, or anything nonsensical like that, but dressing appropriately for the firm that you're interviewing with.

I remember there was a hedge fund that I used to work with many years ago. They had a quantitative wing to the firm and the person I dealt with was the person who ran the function. And he used to tell me, "tell them not to wear a tie. Don't wear a suit, don't wear a tie. We make fun of people who wear ties. After all, we think a tie is just there to catch food." Okay. And anyone who wore a tie, they had leave. You know, they didn't want to listen to me when I told them that's not what they wanted to see. You know, they were never hired. As a matter of fact, they weren't iInterviewed for very long either.

The point that I make here is make no assumptions. You know, if you're being scheduled by HR for a first interview, you might just simply ask them, "you know, some organizations have a business casual culture.. Some organizations have an informal one, a formal one. What's appropriate for me to to wear to an interview with your organization? Would most people be suited up there who I'd meet with or would they be less formal?" Then, afterwards say, "thank you. You know, I don't want to stand out from the office there," and just make light of it.

Again, he never want to be the odd duck, right? You want to be the person who looks like they fit in. And, you know, in terms of standing out, there's always one of these things that, every once in a while, people tell me that they wore a really bright color because I wanted to stamd out and, unfortunately, that's exactly what they did. They really stood out.

Tone it downor go in with the attitude that the goal is not to stand out. It's to impress. You impressed with your knowledge, impressed with your presentation, you will press with your humanity. That's though way really to stand.

Hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman. If you're interested in one on one coaching, reach out to me through my website at Schedule a time for a free discovery call. I'd love to help you.

Have a great day and take care.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1700 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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