Whatever the overall dress code, keep the engineering focus in mind and pay attention to details of preparedness. Wear a watch so that you don’t have to fish your phone out to check the time. Some firms will be completely computerized, but have a pen and a mechanical pencil in your inner jacket pocket for the ones that aren’t. Get a good haircut or at least a trim around the ears and neck a couple days before the interview, and make sure you’re showered and scrubbed. Avoid cologne or strongly-scented aftershave, particularly if you’re going to be in any kind of small spaces; just soap and a mild deodorant is more than enough. Remember the basic ethos here — function balanced with form is going to win the approval from hiring managers.
Outerwear for Formal Dress
In the winter, an overcoat will be needed for the journeys to and from black tie events. The coat should always be dark, either black or midnight blue or a very dark gray, and it should not be made of an obviously-artificial material like Gore-Tex or nylon. Some men accompany their jacket with a white, tasseled scarf called an opera scarf or with suede gloves in dark gray or black. A modest black hat is also acceptable, with fedoras and homburgs being the most common choices — stocking caps are obviously unacceptable, and top hats, while elegant, are best reserved for wear with tailcoats (aka white tie).
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