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What to wear for Harvard interview at Wells Fargo?

dot228dot228 43 replies14 threads Junior Member
We're meeting at a Wells Fargo in the richest area around here. My interviewer graduated in the 70s, super successful (as per linkedin). I'm female. What should I wear?

Thank you!
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  • allyphoeallyphoe 2488 replies60 threads Senior Member
    Clothing that is clean and tidy and makes you feel confident.
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  • compmomcompmom 10931 replies78 threads Senior Member
    Don't worry about this too much. Slacks or skirt, with top and sweater if appropriate. Just look neat. Not a big deal.
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  • chb088chb088 970 replies32 threads Senior Member
    What are your options? Do you have a nice pants suit?
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  • PublisherPublisher 8882 replies107 threads Senior Member
    edited January 12
    If you want to fit in, a conservative outfit--dress or pants suit, if you want to get noticed, a hat, dark glasses & a bandana around the lower portion of your face.
    edited January 12
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  • intparentintparent 36291 replies644 threads Senior Member
    I’d dress nicely in this situation. Slacks or skirt, not revealing (no cleavage, skirt not too short).

    As an aside, I assume you know that people can see when you look at their LinkedIn profile. (If they bother to notice). No problem in this situation, the person would probably expect that you researched them a bit. But just for awareness in the future. :)
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  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 2582 replies36 threads Senior Member
    I agree with dress or pants suit, not revealing, not too short. Adding short, manicured nails and well cared for and clean professional shoes, not stilettos.
    As an aside, I assume you know that people can see when you look at their LinkedIn profile. (If they bother to notice).

    You can control in your account settings what others see when you view their profiles...by setting your profile viewing options to private, others will not be able to see that you viewed their profile.
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  • chb088chb088 970 replies32 threads Senior Member
    There is no reason to be concerned that someone can see if you viewed their Linked In profile. That is what it is there for.
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  • compmomcompmom 10931 replies78 threads Senior Member
    edited January 12
    I think a dress or pants suit is overdoing it. This is not an interview for a job at Wells Fargo. The meeting is taking place there for convenience of the interviewer but you don't have to look like you work there. Or look "rich" like the neighborhood where Wells Fargo is located.

    Nice, neat pants or skirt is fine. Dress is fine if casual. Relax!
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  • dot228dot228 43 replies14 threads Junior Member
    Thank you everyone! I was freaking out a bit, it's my first interview. I'll be wearing a blouse and dress pants, nice shoes, no blazer.
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  • PublisherPublisher 8882 replies107 threads Senior Member
    Not too casual, but not overdressed either. The location selected by the interviewer should be considered. I might agree with some posts above if you were meeting at a Starbucks, but you are not.
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  • intparentintparent 36291 replies644 threads Senior Member
    @Mwfan1921 I don’t think that capability is available in the free version, unless they’ve recently changed that functionality. And a view or two when prepping for an interview is just fine. But it can feel kind of stalkerish if someone repeatedly accesses your profile, or make them wonder why you are looking.
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  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 2582 replies36 threads Senior Member
    edited January 12
    I don’t think that capability is available in the free version, unless they’ve recently changed that functionality.

    @intparent I have the free version and it offers 3 choices in settings for what others see when you view their profile, including fully anonymous. Of course a view is appropriate when prepping for an interview, but it's important to know the privacy options, especially if looking for a job when currently employed.
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  • compmomcompmom 10931 replies78 threads Senior Member
    The location of the interview is not relevant. Besides, high end lawyers dress casually these days: I imagine the same is true at Wells Fargo.
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  • PublisherPublisher 8882 replies107 threads Senior Member
    @compmom: "Besides, high end lawyers dress casually these days...". Even when meeting a potential new client for the first time ?

    Also, while location of an interview may not seem important to you, it may well be for others so why not take a safe approach & dress in a respectful fashion ?
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  • compmomcompmom 10931 replies78 threads Senior Member
    edited January 13
    I don't think overdoing it is a good thing. It can look silly and overanxious And most of all, the important thing is to relax and be yourself. Maybe this is more typical of females,but overdressing always makes me feel like another person and not comfortable in my skin.

    Again, the location of the interview is not relevant to wardrobe. The location is for the convenience of the interviewer.

    end of debate on this end...promise, skieurope!

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  • PublisherPublisher 8882 replies107 threads Senior Member
    edited January 13
    The difficulty, and the crux of the OP's question, is what constitutes "overdoing it" with respect to dressing appropriately for this interview.

    To a certain extent, it may depend upon which city or which region of the country.

    P.S. @dot228 : Please update us on you interview afterwards. Also, are you willing to share the city or region of the US ? I ask because dress standards are often quite different in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle & Portland), then for Washington DC & the Eastern Corridor.

    Although long ago, and standards have changed, I was once told that I would not receive an internship offer from a major Southern law firm because I did not wear a suit (I wore a blue sportcoat, khaki pants, white shirt, tie & dress shoes--all brand new. The partner who told me that did so as a favor. And this was the case even though my dress was common in their office--just not for interviews, meeting clients or court appearances.) Also, I often informed of hiring discussions between HR & my relatives who interview.)
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  • dot228dot228 43 replies14 threads Junior Member
    Publisher: Sure, I will update this thread. My interview is next Sunday. I live in the Bay Area, and typical dress standards here are casual.

    Gibby, thank you for the detailed dress advice. My interview will be conducted by the Harvard Club of Silicon Valley so I'd assume similar dress code.

    I've already decided on wearing a blouse + dress pants so no need argue anymore!

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  • PublisherPublisher 8882 replies107 threads Senior Member
    edited January 13
    The West Coast is interesting. Especially Portland !

    Consider taking a jacket as well. If not needed for the interview, then for the weather.

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  • sherpasherpa 4735 replies94 threads Senior Member
    I have to chuckle at some of the posts here suggesting that a high school student should try to dress like a banker or lawyer just because that's where they're meeting their interviewer.

    How silly! Of course the student should dress nicely, but the idea that bankers and attorneys would be offended by casual dress is absurd. The kid isn't applying for a job there!

    As a general rule, attorneys only observe a strict code if they're due in court, and bankers are accustomed to doing business with a variety of clients, many of whom might be dressed quite casually.

    Personally, I've met with attorneys when they've worn suits and I've worn jeans, and vice versa, and I've closed large commercial loan transactions with (Wells Fargo) bankers while wearing jeans.
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