Reader A, a law student, writes in with an urgent request: what to wear to an interview dinner with a student hiring committee? Here’s her question about what to wear to a recruiting dinner:
I sent in my cover letter + resume to a firm and was invited to a dinner with potentially 2+ members of the student hiring committee (I’m assuming other students were invited as well…) the restaurant is quite high end and I was wondering what recommendations you would have to wear. They didn’t mention a dress code. I’m thinking either: 1) A black dress + Black jacket OR 2) Black dress pants + dress shirt + black sweater over it. What would be your choice?
Ultimately, this is an interview, and that means one thing to us: full suit. Because it’s unclear, though, be prepared for the possibility that you will want to take off your jacket to be more casual. So, for example, choose a suit where you like the pants by themselves, and choose a layer beneath the suit that has sleeves and looks professional.
A lightweight sweater, a short-sleeved sweater, or silky tee would probably be our choice here, accessorized with pearls or other conservative (and good) jewelry.
Some of our latest favorite sweater tees:
Some of our favorite short-sleeve sweaters for 2022 include Quince ($45!), J.Crew Factory,* Ann Taylor, and J.Crew* (not pictured but also Lands’ End* and this Amazon bestseller!). (* – Plus sizes too!) If you’re hunting for something fancier, check out Jenni Kayne, TSE or Naked.
Some of our favorite silky tees (they come in a ton of other colors):
And yes, we did say pants — even though we’re normally huge fans of the skirt suit for interviews, because this is dinner, you want to avoid any appearance that you thought you were going on a date. Go with a skirt if you want; we’d avoid a dress at all costs.
Readers, what say you? Also, do you have any other tips for the tricky dinner interview? We’ll point you to an older post we wrote about dining etiquette; we’d also advise drinking very little (one glass of wine at most) and ordering something easy to eat, like ravioli.
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