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Hi guys and gals..


 


I'm new here and I just have a couple questions. I have been waiting on the job application process to open up for my local department and when the time comes I would like to be prepared.


 


I have not wore a suit since prom in High School and unfortunately that does not fit me anymore. I'm wondering what you guys recommend to be dressed top of the line for my interview? I'm looking to buy a suit.. just looking for advice on color? Solid black? Stripped? What color tie? Should i wear the coat to the interview as well?


 


If anybody could provide me with some links or images for me to get the idea... that would be great


 


Thanks In Advance


 


 

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I am going to attempt to get you to answer your own question. How would you dress for an interview? Google. How to dress for an interivew. In your google search axe for popular colors of suits. I am curious of your age.

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I am going to attempt to get you to answer your own question. How would you dress for an interview? Google. How to dress for an interivew. In your google search axe for popular colors of suits. I am curious of your age.



My attempt to start conversation and get some advice at the same time. Google is not always the best answer. I prefer posting on a forum where you guys are professionals and might be able to give me a little better insight than google. I am 24 years old. I was thinking solid black suit and a blue tie, but should I wear the coat as well?


 


 

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Buy shoes that shine up nice,then learn to shine them. The only reason I am not hired on anywhere is lack of a degree...which I am doing now, just a little food for thought..

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Buy shoes that shine up nice,then learn to shine them. The only reason I am not hired on anywhere is lack of a degree...which I am doing now, just a little food for thought..



If you don't mind me asking.. how old are you? have you applied to many departments? also where are you located?

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No solid black suit unless you work for a funeral home. Blue or gray suit with some red in the neck tie. Your best bet is to go to a business that sells suits and get your advice. By all means leave your suit coat on.

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I have applied to six, An A.A is standard for most departments in Florida some require a B.A... I am thirty six years old.

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No solid black suit unless you work for a funeral home. Blue or gray suit with some red in the neck tie. Your best bet is to go to a business that sells suits and get your advice. By all means leave your suit coat on.



Doint forget the shiney shoes.....

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No solid black suit unless you work for a funeral home. Blue or gray suit with some red in the neck tie. Your best bet is to go to a business that sells suits and get your advice. By all means leave your suit coat on.



Already learned something not even 5 minutes into the conversation. Haha. Thank you, Sir!


I'll check out some local shops. I'm hoping I can get a nice suit for $400.00 or less.. does this seem logical?

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I have applied to six, An A.A is standard for most departments in Florida some require a B.A... I am thirty six years old.



I wish you the best of luck. I have been waiting almost 1.5 years just to even apply, but it has given me plenty of time to study up on the exam and do lots of reading and get my body in shape. I'm just trying not to get my hopes up and understand something like this takes time and patience.

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You should investigate the standards of your state and see do they require a degree, I can go no further in my pursuit without one it took awhile for that to sink in! yes there are departments in Fl that will except without a degree BUT they generaly hire vets or officers with experience.

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 Perhaps a nice blue tie with a gray suit.  Yes, don't forget the shiney shoes ;-)


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You should be able to get an appropriate suite for well under four hundred.Appearance is important but please keep in mind they are interviewing you for the content of your character among many other things which are every bit as important as your threads or a fashion show.It is normal to be nervous but don't let the nerves overcome you.Uncledennis has always been known for his sage advice and has previously interviewed candidates.If you don't make it the first time ,it is not the end of life.In my city there were usually over one thousand applicants and they generally only hired between thirty to fifty for their recruit classes twice per year.Much good fortune to you.



Thank you and thank you all for the advice. I appreciate the good fortune. I understand there are going to be MANY applicants it's up to me to test and interview well. I can only hope for the best. I really want to work and serve the City I was born and raised in, but if it means having to relocate one day to get my career started.. I would probably do that

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Yeah sure color etc but it's all in the tailoring.  You do need to google an ill fit suit coat.  There's all sorts of pitfalls to avoid.  Be sure and get a conservative cut that suits your build.  And mind it doesn't bind.


I will not recommend a brown polyester leisure suit with white ticking and a belt in the back worn with bell-bottom pants with kick pleats and white inserts and a white patent leather belt.  Nor will I suggest a flower print acetate shirt with balloon sleeves open to the sternum and heavy gold chains and white patent leather basket-weave bump-toe platforms with a gold chain over the instep and thin rib nylon dress socks.  Nor a gold pinky diamond. People will think you just jumped out of the Wayback Machine from Mickiesplace' precinct.


 

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No solid black suit unless you work for a funeral home. Blue or gray suit with some red in the neck tie. Your best bet is to go to a business that sells suits and get your advice. By all means leave your suit coat on.


 


Hmmmm.......maybe that's where my problem lies. I've only worn black suits to interviews. 



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A suit is a suit. Make sure it is conservative and pressed with the dress shirt underneated buttoned up and pressed. Wear a conservative tie. I wore brown dress shoes, so shining was not an option. Your belt and shoes should match and your socks should match your pants. If you do not have a suit, borrow one. Unless you go to a nice store and spend a lot of money, you are probably aren't going to get a suit tailored to fit you any way. It is not necessary to blow money on a suit if you can borrow one for the occasion.


One question I have always seen answer poorly is when applicants are questioned about why they want to work for a specific department or are asked about the department. Spend some time getting to know the department of the city you are applying for. Most departments have policy information online, as well as rank structure and who the supervisors are. It wouldn't hurt to show your interest in the department by getting acquainted with it.

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ya know, i wuz jus gonna gets this young fella address to send him some of my gently used suits and HIGHLY POLISHED platform shoes (no i never wore platforms)  but marlyb seems to think that attire inappropriate for the lad.  I dont know why wearing ones shirt open to the navel allowing all to see my very masculine chest adorned with just 2 gold chains would be questionable, rib nylon socks are cool and comfortable when standing on ones feet all day or disco dancing at night, bell bottom pants allow for concealment of my ole colt snubnose in its ankle holster, AND AS TO MY DIAMOND PINKY RING-FORGETABOUTIT!

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A suit is a suit. Make sure it is conservative and pressed with the dress shirt underneated buttoned up and pressed. Wear a conservative tie. I wore brown dress shoes, so shining was not an option. Your belt and shoes should match and your socks should match your pants. If you do not have a suit, borrow one. Unless you go to a nice store and spend a lot of money, you are probably aren't going to get a suit tailored to fit you any way. It is not necessary to blow money on a suit if you can borrow one for the occasion.


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I tend to disagree on borrowing over purchasing a suit of your own.  If your intent is to interview with one department or as many departments as necessary until you get hired, get your own "INTERVIEW SUIT."  Believe it or not, SEARS and JC Penny's ( I believe that they are Nationwide) have pretty good suits at a decent price.  They also have separates that allow you to somewhat tailor your own suit.  Buy the slacks to fit and have them hemmed if necessary.  (Mine were hemmed inside the day)  Buy the matching suit coat and you're done.  Buy a fitted white dress shirt and make sure you press it or get it pressed prior to your interview.  Any nice colored tie should be appropriate.  Just remember you need to be professionally appropriate so make sure you you lean towards conservative.  You should be able to get out at under $200.00 bucks.


BTW:  I still wear my dark navy pin striped JC Penny's suit when I go to court on my off days.

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I see a lot of applicants blow money on "things" instead of taking the time and effort to give them an edge where it truly matters. It is easy to tell when a person has taken their time to look nice. The attire they have may not be the best, but making the effort to make what you have look the best it can speaks just as well as a tailored to you suit.


People worry about the physcial stuff, like being able shoot, what to wear, cologne or not instead of what are my strengths? What are my weakness? What am I doing to overcome them? What can I do to show how my strengths and weakness make me the best candidate? Making a good first impression is important, but the physical stuff goes away soon after the meatier part of the interview is started. Dress nice, but prepare for all of the interview...not just the physical part.

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Hmm let's get down to cases, Skoolcop...brown wingtips with that?


Used to know an attorney who said the same bum on the street used to razz him every time he came out of court, "Yo PINSTRIPES!!!"


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schultzy04 says ...



A suit is a suit. Make sure it is conservative and pressed with the dress shirt underneated buttoned up and pressed. Wear a conservative tie. I wore brown dress shoes, so shining was not an option. Your belt and shoes should match and your socks should match your pants. If you do not have a suit, borrow one. Unless you go to a nice store and spend a lot of money, you are probably aren't going to get a suit tailored to fit you any way. It is not necessary to blow money on a suit if you can borrow one for the occasion.


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I tend to disagree on borrowing over purchasing a suit of your own.  If your intent is to interview with one department or as many departments as necessary until you get hired, get your own "INTERVIEW SUIT."  Believe it or not, SEARS and JC Penny's ( I believe that they are Nationwide) have pretty good suits at a decent price.  They also have separates that allow you to somewhat tailor your own suit.  Buy the slacks to fit and have them hemmed if necessary.  (Mine were hemmed inside the day)  Buy the matching suit coat and you're done.  Buy a fitted white dress shirt and make sure you press it or get it pressed prior to your interview.  Any nice colored tie should be appropriate.  Just remember you need to be professionally appropriate so make sure you you lean towards conservative.  You should be able to get out at under $200.00 bucks.


BTW:  I still wear my dark navy pin striped JC Penny's suit when I go to court on my off days.


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Got you pegged.  I'm glad you never had to resort to a fake fur dickey.


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ya know, i wuz jus gonna gets this young fella address to send him some of my gently used suits and HIGHLY POLISHED platform shoes (no i never wore platforms)  but marlyb seems to think that attire inappropriate for the lad.  I dont know why wearing ones shirt open to the navel allowing all to see my very masculine chest adorned with just 2 gold chains would be questionable, rib nylon socks are cool and comfortable when standing on ones feet all day or disco dancing at night, bell bottom pants allow for concealment of my ole colt snubnose in its ankle holster, AND AS TO MY DIAMOND PINKY RING-FORGETABOUTIT!


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As long as they weren't window-pane fishnets you are good.  Ok window-pane is ok but not with red clogs.  Ok window pane and red clogs is ok but not with a yellow feather purse.  Klinger. 


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Being modest,I keep my pinky ring to myself.I did however let em get a glimpse of my panty hose.I believe that's how I got the job.


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As long as they weren't window-pane fishnets you are good.  Ok window-pane is ok but not with red clogs.  Ok window pane and red clogs is ok but not with a yellow feather purse.  Klinger. 


ssu459 says ...



Being modest,I keep my pinky ring to myself.I did however let em get a glimpse of my panty hose.I believe that's how I got the job.



MarlyB for the win with the M.A.S.H. reference! lol

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Hmm let's get down to cases, Skoolcop...brown wingtips with that?


Used to know an attorney who said the same bum on the street used to razz him every time he came out of court, "Yo PINSTRIPES!!!"


SkoolCop says ...



schultzy04 says ...



A suit is a suit. Make sure it is conservative and pressed with the dress shirt underneated buttoned up and pressed. Wear a conservative tie. I wore brown dress shoes, so shining was not an option. Your belt and shoes should match and your socks should match your pants. If you do not have a suit, borrow one. Unless you go to a nice store and spend a lot of money, you are probably aren't going to get a suit tailored to fit you any way. It is not necessary to blow money on a suit if you can borrow one for the occasion.


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I tend to disagree on borrowing over purchasing a suit of your own.  If your intent is to interview with one department or as many departments as necessary until you get hired, get your own "INTERVIEW SUIT."  Believe it or not, SEARS and JC Penny's ( I believe that they are Nationwide) have pretty good suits at a decent price.  They also have separates that allow you to somewhat tailor your own suit.  Buy the slacks to fit and have them hemmed if necessary.  (Mine were hemmed inside the day)  Buy the matching suit coat and you're done.  Buy a fitted white dress shirt and make sure you press it or get it pressed prior to your interview.  Any nice colored tie should be appropriate.  Just remember you need to be professionally appropriate so make sure you you lean towards conservative.  You should be able to get out at under $200.00 bucks.


BTW:  I still wear my dark navy pin striped JC Penny's suit when I go to court on my off days.



Actually Marly, simple black leather shoes.  I don't do wingtips, black or brown.  It was schultzy04 that said he wore the "brown dress shoes."  And as for the pin stripes, very fine lines hardly noticeable unless standing next to me and definitely not the M*A*S*H horizontal Trapper McIntyre pinstripe suit.  Also had me a dark gray suit for a while.  Need to get that one replaced.  That one got ruined by baby spit up.

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OP all this advice is excellent. Wear a suit you'd wear to court.


SkoolCop I know what Schultzy sports.  But what have you got against wingtips?  Jimroc LOVES 'em! SO DO I!!


There is NO doubt in my mind your pinstripes ain't Caponish, but neither were my friend's.  He was just plagued by a sharp-sighted homeless.  Or maybe it was the CIA.


Too bad about the grey! Babyspit burns.  All that hydrocholic acid.  Babyspit's weapon of minute destruction!  Please get another suit right away.  A charcoal grey is handsome!  But please not a grey sharkskin continental cut with a pearl grey tie, diamond stick pin and $800.00 Italian shoes.  We don't want to prejudice the jury. lol


And WHAT is with men's coats lately?  Are the manufacturers trying to save on cloth???  They make men look like ventriloquist dummies!


SkoolCop says ...



MarlyB says ...



Hmm let's get down to cases, Skoolcop...brown wingtips with that?


Used to know an attorney who said the same bum on the street used to razz him every time he came out of court, "Yo PINSTRIPES!!!"


SkoolCop says ...



schultzy04 says ...



A suit is a suit. Make sure it is conservative and pressed with the dress shirt underneated buttoned up and pressed. Wear a conservative tie. I wore brown dress shoes, so shining was not an option. Your belt and shoes should match and your socks should match your pants. If you do not have a suit, borrow one. Unless you go to a nice store and spend a lot of money, you are probably aren't going to get a suit tailored to fit you any way. It is not necessary to blow money on a suit if you can borrow one for the occasion.


......Edited......



I tend to disagree on borrowing over purchasing a suit of your own.  If your intent is to interview with one department or as many departments as necessary until you get hired, get your own "INTERVIEW SUIT."  Believe it or not, SEARS and JC Penny's ( I believe that they are Nationwide) have pretty good suits at a decent price.  They also have separates that allow you to somewhat tailor your own suit.  Buy the slacks to fit and have them hemmed if necessary.  (Mine were hemmed inside the day)  Buy the matching suit coat and you're done.  Buy a fitted white dress shirt and make sure you press it or get it pressed prior to your interview.  Any nice colored tie should be appropriate.  Just remember you need to be professionally appropriate so make sure you you lean towards conservative.  You should be able to get out at under $200.00 bucks.


BTW:  I still wear my dark navy pin striped JC Penny's suit when I go to court on my off days.



Actually Marly, simple black leather shoes.  I don't do wingtips, black or brown.  It was schultzy04 that said he wore the "brown dress shoes."  And as for the pin stripes, very fine lines hardly noticeable unless standing next to me and definitely not the M*A*S*H horizontal Trapper McIntyre pinstripe suit.  Also had me a dark gray suit for a while.  Need to get that one replaced.  That one got ruined by baby spit up.


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Believe it or not, I wouldn't buy a suit at this point. I would recommend going to a decent store and buying a sport coat, nice dress shirt, a pair of dress pants and a tie that 'ties' it altogether. Get with a salesperson who can help you put together this outfit. A suit is nice, I suppose, but it is not absolutely necessary. Save your money. Suits can come later.


I have sat on many oral boards and seen a constant stream of personalities and attire across the table. I can tell you that it doesn't matter if the applicant wears a suit or a nice sport coat, shirt and tie. AND, I have seen folks come in with suits that were very ill fitting. They looked like chrap. A suit needs to be made well and well tailored to look right. You can still look dressed up in a sport coat and tie.


The other important thing that has already been mentioned is being prepared for your interview. Once initial impressions are made, then next thing that happens will be when you open your mouth and speak. You can be dressed in $2,000 Armani suit, but if you sound like a dork and are not prepared, you might as will set the suit on fire and come in shorts and flip-flops. The panel will not give you a second thought if you are not prepared.


An oral interview is not a fashion show.


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What a dapper suggestion, Sarge!  Although I have heard it makes a good impression if you show up in your court suit.  I'm glad to know some departments look for creativity.  lol!!  Seriously, enlist your wife or a woman of good taste unless you have experience going this route.  If you pull it off right it shows tremendous self-confidence. 


The fit is everything.  Spend your money there.  Being well-tailored will boost your confidence 100%.


There is nothing worse than a dumbell flashing Armani drapes.  In fact, an Armani suit has a way of logrithmically increasing the dork factor.

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Aha ! Bump to the Sarge about this not being a fashion show.I had indicated that and Amen.---En re to court clothes.Many years ago when it was in fashion ,I was the proud owner of four leisure suites,all of which I wore to court..I  spruced them up a bit by wearing them with my two tone brown platform shoes and red/black woolen pants and at times,a string tie.I am amazed a Hollywood scout didn't discover me.Yes, I also had an afro hair style for four years.Under new management(a new wife) ,this all changed.

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I will let THAT superflag fly, Mod Squad - but I am afraid I will have to indict you on the string tie.  lol


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Aha ! Bump to the Sarge about this not being a fashion show.I had indicated that and Amen.---En re to court clothes.Many years ago when it was in fashion ,I was the proud owner of four leisure suites,all of which I wore to court..I  spruced them up a bit by wearing them with my two tone brown platform shoes and red/black woolen pants and at times,a string tie.I am amazed a Hollywood scout didn't discover me.Yes, I also had an afro hair style for four years.Under new management(a new wife) ,this all changed.


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I will let THAT superflag fly, Mod Squad - but I am afraid I will have to indict you on the string tie.  lol


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Aha ! Bump to the Sarge about this not being a fashion show.I had indicated that and Amen.---En re to court clothes.Many years ago when it was in fashion ,I was the proud owner of four leisure suites,all of which I wore to court..I  spruced them up a bit by wearing them with my two tone brown platform shoes and red/black woolen pants and at times,a string tie.I am amazed a Hollywood scout didn't discover me.Yes, I also had an afro hair style for four years.Under new management(a new wife) ,this all changed.


 


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YES ! YES ! YES ! A leisure suit. Outstanding. Bring on the first movie of Shaft, too. Let's dig up John Travolta's white outfit and strut into an Oral Board.


Candidate: "Hey everyone, yeah, it's me. Before we start this show, let me show you a couple of moves I can do in these white polyesters and outta sight kicks. BAM! See that? Travolta learned that from me. Ok, I'll just stand over here and look groovy and you cops ask me questions. Cuz I'm down wid it."


Oral Board Panel: "We like to thank and dismiss the guy in the white leisure suit."


 



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