Hi everyone:

I am interviewing for 2 different positions with 2 different managers at the same company. One this week and one next. Any tips? Do I close asking for an offer from each (especially at the first interview)? Also, the first interviewer told me it would be informal and I did not need to wear a suit. Should I wear one to both anyway? I would appreciate any thoughts. Thanks. Jon

AManagerTool's picture

2 interviews at the same company is not uncommon especially if they are growing fast.

Treat each as a separate interview and close.


If they ask, just tell them that this is how you dress "informally" (Use air quotes) then follow with a smarmy "You should see what I wear to a FORMAL interview!" [u][b]NO, Just kidding don't say that....LOL[/b][/u]

But please do wear a suit. It's much safer. You have NO idea what they consider to be "informal". Is it khaki slacks, a dress shirt? Jeans and a polo shirt? Sneakers? Is it flip flops, Bermuda shorts and a Hawaiian shirt? Wet suit with snorkel, mask and flippers?

I am in some kind of mood today....LOL

thaGUma's picture

John, I agree wear a suit. If you need to justify this to the first interviewer, and you are not comfortable with a white lie, arrange for something else the same day that calls for a suit.

A suit helps me feel more prepared before I start ... and if you have to sit alongside another candidate ... 'wow, I thought it was a test because a suit is so necessary for this interview' :twisted:

Good luck.

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tcomeau's picture
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Yes, wear a suit.

You wouldn't believe how informal our environment is. People don't always manage jeans -- I had a direct who wore shorts, all the time, even in winter. We've had a few people who occasionally showed up in jammies. Our dress code requires that you wear shoes. Technically, people could show up naked except for shoes.

And when I interviewed internally, for a position with somebody I knew well, on a Friday, no less, I wore a suit. When asked, I just pointed out that I so rarely get to wear a suit, I was taking the opportunity to dress well.

Wearing a suit won't get you the job. At the same time, wearing the wrong thing is distracting. I had a guy interview recently who was wearing an un-ironed white shirt and a "message" tie. (No jacket.) It was distracting. I wondered why somebody so careless with their shirt could be trusted to help focus my gold-plated mirrors.

So my suggestion is that you wear a suit. YMMV.


stephenbooth_uk's picture

I'd recommend a suit.

For a purely practical reason, it's a lot easier to to dress down a suit, shirt and tie than it is to dress up something casual like polo shirt and jeans.


refbruce's picture

Another vote for the suit. I got similar advice (informal) when I interviewed for the position at my current employer. Later in the day, we did leave the jacket in an office when we went for a walk (there's a trail through some hills outside the building where I work). When asked about the suit, I simply said that it was one of those things that helped me be in top form for an important group of people.

refbruce's picture

Oh, and to your primary question (I presume). Treat each interview separately. I'd figure out a way to make sure the first hiring manager knows about the second interview (and yes, I've been someplace where I was interviewing someone and found out from the candidate that someone else in the organization was interviewing them the next week -- thank you HR, we look like we really have our s*** together).

To me, the tricky situation is if you get asked in the second interview which position you prefer. My gut feel is that if you have a strong sense that you're better for one position over the other, tell them the honest answer. If you can honestly describe how each position has points of attraction and fit for you, that's probably a good answer as well. We just went through this exercise -- of interviewing a candidate for two positions. As the hiring manager for one position and the second level manager for the other position, I was involved in both sets of interviews and had a sense the candidate was a much better match for one than the other. So, I asked exactly that question at the end of the second interview. She thought for a bit, and came back with her assessment that she'd happily take either job, could see strong points with both, but felt she was a better match for one of the positions (the same one I thought was the better match). We are, in fact, in the process of getting her into that position.

asteriskrntt1's picture

I am not sure if anyone answered the closing question.

Yes, close for each interview. You do want offers from both. Even if the two managers talk to each other at some point, they will both be blown away by your boldness and desire. Heck, they might even start competing for you!

Good luck.


MattJBeckwith's picture
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Jon, add another vote to the "yes, wear a suit" column.

Also, RNTT makes a great point. You absolutely want offers from both and having two managers want you is always a good place to be... high demand and low supply.

Best wishes to you. Let us know how it unfolds.

HMac's picture

Yes, yes, and yes.

You're on the right track - your instincts underneath the questions are great - see, you don't need us! :lol: