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View Poll Results: What to wear?
Wear a Suit 94 57.67%
Wear Business Casual 55 33.74%
Wear Casual 7 4.29%
Take off all 42 items and go naked. 7 4.29%
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Old 10-27-2016, 03:05 PM
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Based on this post, I might consider you an honorary actuary, Riley.
Only problem is I throw most of my punches out in the open. I don't think that is very characteristic of an actuary.

I've been wrong a lot of times. The difference is I don't try to justify my wrongness.

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Old 11-02-2016, 01:39 PM
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I would and I have. I once had an internship interview at a start up company that was in a start up incubator. Wore a suit and tie and they interviewed me in jeans and a t-shirt. Looked out of place, but I did end up getting that internship. Definitely wear a suit.
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I decided to go full casual. Not Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle T-shirt casual, but "nice" casual.

I'll let everyone know the results so you can use it as an n = 1 case in the future.

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when in doubt, just go with this

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If you don't wear a suit, the first thing they're going to discuss is the fact that you didn't wear a suit. You risk whatever conclusion they draw from that.

If you do wear a suit, they may bring up the fact that you did wear a suit, but I don't know of anyone worth working for who would hold that against you.

If you want to play the middle ground you probably run the same risks as not wearing a suit.

Bottom line: Wear a suit. Suits are cool.
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Pretty sure the interview passed, noting the date lol.

FWIW, the rule I've always heard is "dress one step above the working dress code". If they're in full casual, wear business casual (slacks, button up shirt, no tie usually. For the interview, I'd add the tie), unless they give you any instruction at all. If they say business professional, wear business professional. I've had both cases where a company asked me to wear professional and I show up in a suit and everybody is in jeans and graphic tees, and as awkward as I felt walking through that hall, they knew they asked me to do it. Alternatively, when not told what to wear, I went with the business casual and it was perfect.

The best of all worlds is a skype interview with a suit coat/tie and no pants though. Until you have to let your dog out.
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I agree that the correct response will differ based on the assumptions people make about the position.

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Unless we're sitting solely in an actuarial bubble, I don't think it is too outrageous to think there would be a negative cost benefit for wearing a suit to some interviews.

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This is directly from the email for the on-site from the internal recruiter...

"To give you a better idea of what the work environment and dress code are like at the office, please check out our website and this helpful article. Please feel free to dress casually (WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU NOT WEAR BUSINESS FORMAL ATTIRE)"

Yes, it's in caps as well. I didn't even have to ask. Obviously they've had enough idiots show up in suits that they had to start addressing it for everyone. :P

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You asked this question on the ACTUARIAL outpost. Not everyone knows you. Not everyone bothers to keep track of what other posters do. The reasonable assumption for people to make was that you were interviewing for an actuarial position.

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...FWIW, the rule I've always heard is "dress one step above the working dress code"...
This is the actual "rule". And for any actuarial position, that means a suit is acceptable.

When I interviewed for my moonlighting job as a gym teacher, I didn't wear a suit. I wore nice athletic clothes. (including a nice t-shirt.)
When my son interviewed for an IT job, I recommended nice slacks and a clean shirt with a collar that fit well. But if I'd come across this thread, especially if I didn't know you, I would probably have said "suit", because, you know, this is the actuarial outpost.
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Yes, two years ago he was being a dick in a professional forum area.
We went over this two years ago.
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You're giving the AO way too much credit here.

Perhaps the purpose for this thread is that you can't always rely on the AO's advice to be correct? :P I think a lot of actuaries have a knack for wanting to extrapolate their knowledge to areas outside of their exposure and at times that is going to be wrong. Such is life.

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oops, I didn't see the date. Thanks, DTNF.
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