A terrible, vicious rumor!

Jonathan Grotegut jgrotegut at gmail.com
Fri Jun 6 11:27:45 MDT 2014

I wish more interviewers were like you Ryan.

I often think we get too caught up in "making a good first impression",
especially in how we dress, that our "first impression" isn't that great.
 Because partially, like you said, we aren't comfortable in what we are
wearing.  We aren't being ourselves.

A lot of my stress from an interview comes in not having enough
self-confidence.  Perhaps I need to learn more about the companies I
interview with before hand.  I also know I need to learn a LOT more.  I am
constantly blown away by the amount of knowledge that some people have
about certain subjects.  I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on many
technical concepts, wide range of knowledge but not very deep in any one
subject, then I am often reminded that I know very little...

On Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 10:37 AM, Ryan Simpkins <plug at ryansimpkins.com>

> On Wed, May 28, 2014 19:57, Tod Hansmann wrote:
> > On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 4:59 PM, Chris Wood <chris at tincreek.com> wrote:
> >> I like hats but I think they have their place. You mentioned interviews
> and
> >> your hat which may bring you ill luck. I think it is a bit short
> sighted to
> >> think you wouldn't want to work somewhere that would judge you on your
> hat.
> >> The interview process is totally a judging process. A hat could be
> welcome
> >> in the workplace, it could be an awesome company culture, it could be a
> >> great job, but you may miss out because somebody doesn't like hats.  You
> >> may go through an interview process that includes many people that have
> a
> >> chance to judge you (right or wrong). Why give them the chance to miss
> out
> >> on hiring you because they misjudged the hat?
> >
> > Well, I guess that's /thread I guess.  Yeah, I'm actually formulating a
> > position on it that's basically what you've said here.  Up till now I've
> > just not even thought about it, honestly.  I just wear the hat,
> because...
> > well, I wear pants.  I'm not exactly aware of fashion, I just feel
> > comfortable in my hat (and pants typically).
> I do a fair amount of interviewing. What people are wearing is a very
> distant
> concern. My advice is probably really bad advice... wear whatever
> professional
> attire makes you comfortable (clean jeans up to suit+tie, a clean kilt is
> also
> acceptable). Doing something that isn't 'you' will put you on edge. In an
> interview that is what I notice and remember. Candidates that do well are
> (or
> at least appear) relaxed and engaged. They put me at ease, which puts them
> at
> ease. A kind of feedback loop. The top candidates make you feel like you've
> known them for years within 15 minutes of meeting them.
> The most common attire for candidates in engineering type roles is slacks
> and
> a polo. When I ramp up the technical grilling these candidates have a
> tendency
> to do better because they are comfortable. Candidates who come in wearing a
> suit, who obviously don't normally wear suits, have a tendency to get
> nervous
> for some reason. We have only hired one person who wore a suit and tie to
> the
> interview in the last 8 years. That person wore a tie every day to work.
> They
> were comfortable in it. There are plenty of exceptions, this is just a
> general
> observation.
> So relax. Show me you can think, that you really care about what you do,
> and
> your *-fu is worthy. The biggest challenges we face are related to how
> people
> interact. Technical challenges are secondary. Show me you can dive in to a
> tense high-stakes discussion, put everyone at ease, and then rock the
> technicals. You will get a *glowing* recommendation every time. Hat or no
> hat.
> Kilt or no kilt. Tie or no tie. Though some kind of clothes are probably
> required.
> -Ryan
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