An MBA level interview, whether during your first semester at business school or a decade out, is very different from your run-of-the-mill job screening. MBA interviews are very in depth events that can involve three or more separate interviews in multiple cities with up to a half-dozen of your peers or interviewers. The companies at this level are going to be paying you very well, and they want to make sure you posses the capabilities they need and are a good fit for their culture MBA課程.
With this being said, very little is covered at Business Schools as to how to dress for an interview. I was always surprised to see people spending one-hundred thousand dollars on their education yet wearing a two-hundred dollar ill fitting suit and cheap unpolished shoes to an interview. An interviewer make his or her first judgment about you before you even open your mouth to speak; studies have shown the first 3 seconds of a initial meeting are critical in terms of overall perception. It is very difficult to overcome a bad first impression; in an MBA interview, you do not want to worry about your clothing sending a negative message.
Behind every successful MBA interview are hours and hours of preparation. As you study the company you are going to interview with, pay attention to their unstated dress code. Most likely you have met a few of their employees; how did they present themselves? Were they conservative or relaxed in their appearance? Interviewing with Goldman Sachs is very different than interviewing with Google’s Marketing Department; both will require a suit, but with Google its safe to say you can wear a less conservative color and maybe throw in a white pocket square.
The good news for the MBA is that the classical men’s suit style has remained the same for a hundred years. The bad news is that there are a lot of fly-by-night fashion suits out there that will become dated faster than you can purchase them. The key is to ignore temporary fashion, and understand what your timeless style is. This sounds complicated, but it’s not. Remember three things when choosing a suit: Fabric, Style, and Fit.