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    Job Interview in a heatwave

    Any advice on how to dress for this? I fear I may show up a sweaty mess in a suit but experience tells me no suit=no job. Any advice would be welcome.

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    You may as well take this as my "opinion" rather than advice, because I sure as hell would not want to be interviewing right now. Having the luxury of rocking up at the office in a shirt and trousers in this weather is amazing.


    That said, if I WAS interviwing, I'd be in a full suit, no question. I'd take my bag with some bottled water and spare handkerchief's (just in case I need to mop my brow), and travel in good time. If there is a coffee shop nearby, I'd be in there a good 30-45 minutes before, having a cold drinks and making sure I was as fresh as possible..


    I have never considered the drama of interviewing in the heat, so good luck!!

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    Agree with Brown. The key is to arrive in plenty of time, so you can relax and don't have to rush around.

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    And only put your suit jacket on at the last minute, obv.

    Try and find somewhere (disabled toilets?), where you can strip down, have a freshen up with wetwipes and deodorant, then re-suit, all in good time.

    Good luck.

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    Yeah, i second the advice of the other lads; dont put your jacket on till the last minute, hanckerchiefs etc.
    I actually had this problem myself earlier this week, an all day affair with an exam in the morning and an interview after lunch. I couldn't believe it when i was finally lead to my interview (i was last to be seen) in a room without a window and no aircon. Didn't dare take off my jacket as the interviewer suggested as i was sodden in sweat. A linen suit is definitely on my wish-list after that!

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    Agree with all the above... Good luck with the interview! Let us know how you get on.

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    Couldn't you wear a linen suit?

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    A bit of a thread hijack.. Next month ill be starting an internship for a year and will be working full time; currently I only own one suit and two shirts. Any advice on how many suits, shirts and tie would be ideal to get me through each week. Thanks =)

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    I should start this post by saying I don't work in an environment where I am expected to wear a suit. I also imagine that not all workplaces where a suit and tie is expected are equal. e.g working in banking in the city compared to a call centre in skegness, or in the creative industries.

    However, I think going out and getting another four shirts as part of one of the deals at places like Charles Trywhitt or TM Lewin would be a good idea. You don't say what colour your existing shirts/suit is, but I would opt for maybe two/three white shirts, maybe two pale blue and one pink/or patterned, such as gingham. I'm a fan of knitted silk ties and find a navy and burgundy work well and give you lots of options. Next were selling cheap knitted ties a while back, though they were not silk they did the job. If your budget will accommodate it go out and get a grey/navy suit, depending on what colour the suit you already have is. Personally, I would make best use of sales and clearance deals at places such as Austin Reed and Reiss, in order to get a nice quality suit. Factor in extra for tailoring alterations. Are you sorted for shoes?

    Back on the topic of summer interview suits - I may have this problem in a couple of weeks. I have a navy linen suit, but for some reason was thinking that would be too informal for an interview? Anyone any thoughts on that?

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    Thanks for the advice, im completely new to suits and what to wear at work. Yeah I think a grey suit is going to be a definate addition as currently I own a slim fit navy suit; will be looking at more shirts/tie combinations. Yeah, im also in need for shoes, are you familiar with any brands with comfort being a big factor? I dont mind spending quite a bit on these if the look great and get the job done.

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