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Can’t Wear Suit or They’ll Know I’m Interviewing


Dear Experts,

I currently have a full-time job but have been looking for a new one over the past few months. I finally landed an interview but it’s during my lunch break tomorrow.My current job has a casual work environment so I’m able to wear comfortable clothes.

My problem is since I have an interview tomorrow I’ll need to wear a full suit. I don’t have enough time to change before the interview and if I wear a suit to work everyone will know what’s really going on. What do I do?


Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:

@askamanager Q#163 If you know they’ll say no (& it sounds like they should) don’t ask. You’re not obligated; help the charity in other ways.

@tmonhollon Q#163 Wear jeans, an untucked oxford, and stop somewhere to change to suit pants, jacket, tie once you leave the office.

@beneubanks Q#163 Squeeze 5 min 2 dress N car or place en route. That’s how I did. Coworker Q’s R SO annoying when dressed!

@ValueIntoWords Q#163 Interview suit in car; lv 5 min early; change at McDonalds; c’mon, you can ‘make it happen!

@dawnbugni Q#163 Make time 2 chg. Bathroom en route, change in car? Find way to not show your hand AND make good impression.

@louise_fletcher Q#163 Can you request a longer lunch so you have time to change?

@askamanager Q#163 Make time to change before/after the interview. Take off additional time if needed to make it happen. No other options.

@gradversity Q#163 I would suggest taking a personal day. It solves your problem while allowing you additional time to prepare.

@jtodonnell Q#163 Tell’em you’re going to a wake after work (kidding). Change in car or fast food restaurant – just do it!

@ValueIntoWords Q#163 Or, wear dress shirt & pants 2 work; add suit coat/accessories (tie/jewelry) after u depart 2 interview

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