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What do you think "dress to impress" means in this instance?

I have an interview with Cintas this week for a route sales specailist. The job, from what I understand is picking up and delivering uniforms and upselling other related products. The hiring manager said to dres to impress. I should have asked him to be more specific, but i did not. Do you think a tie and dress pants are too much? I am planning on wearing khakis and nice shirt. The poeple in this job wear a unifrom like UPS or other delivery comanies wear.

Asked By: brwnidjkmo - 8/7/2007
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As a former interviewer for HR I would advise you to wear dark pants, dress shirt and tie. You could add a sports coat too if you have one, especially since your hiring manager said to dress to impress... More
Answered By: Sage - 8/7/2007
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I'd say, knowing the Cintas name, that khakis and a nice shirt will be adequate. Good luck!
Answered By: NJGuy - 8/7/2007
 
if he said "dress to impress" then i would wear a suit & tie" or at least a tie and dress pants (which is probably what everone else he told to "dress to impress" will wear, so go with the suit and tie. dress like the boss of a "route sales specailist" would dress. you want them to hire youy as the route sales... More
Answered By: toocan - 8/7/2007
 
cause when you go to an interview your suppose to we're something nice, dont we're a tie or anything, but where dress pants and a shirt that buttons up with a collar
Answered By: prettylikedrugs_96 - 8/7/2007
 
what is wrong with wearing a dress shirt and tie with khakis.. I think that is professional and is dressed for success. You don't have to look like you are going to prom, but you do have to be more professional then not.
Answered By: kori_k - 8/7/2007
 
You can never be "too" dressed up for an interview, and if you are, your way better off than be too dressed down. Dress to impress, as in dress to make an impression as a professional adult, regardless of the job you are applying for.
Answered By: ♥mama♥ - 8/7/2007
 
If he said to dress to impress, I would wear a dark conservative suit. And a plain white cotton-blend dress shirt with a button-down collar. Nice clean shoes and a belt that matches. DON'T bathe in cologne! Shave before the interview.
Answered By: Rick B - 8/7/2007
 
I doubt you can be overdressed for an interview.
Answered By: TaxMaven - 8/7/2007
 
No khakis and shirt. That will impress no one. Dull! He meant a suit and tie. It's a JOB interview you goofus. To have an edge over the others wear a spiffy suit and tie. And NO white socks with black shoes either. Good luck!
Answered By: guitargadfly - 8/7/2007
 
For an interview, a tie is never too much. So go ahead and wear a tie and some nice slacks. Once you are hired you can ask about the dress code.
Answered By: J - 8/7/2007
 
A tie and dress slacks are never out of place in an interview. Consider you future. I've always dressed like I had the better job...and have always eventually gotten it. If you feel uncomfortable so dressy, try khakis with a shirt and tie. It has a nice dress down/dress up effect. Good luck.
Answered By: David L - 8/7/2007
 
I used to work at their rival at Aramark and I always saw people wearing a pair of really nice pants usually black and a shirt and tie for all of their interviews I would seriously go this route cuz I think it is best for a job interview. Also try working at Aramark we hired a few people from Cintas and they all said... More
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Answered By: biking for life - 8/7/2007
 
Dress to impress usually means to wear what you would wear to a typical job interview or something you would wear out on a very interesting date! That is usually Khaki Pants or black with a formal shirt like one with a collar if you are wearing Khaki then a light blue collared shirt would go well with this however with... More
Answered By: Sierra A - 8/7/2007
 
I'd wear a tie and dress pants. If you'd be wearing a delivery truck uniform (like UPS drivers), I think a suit would be pretentious. If it's more a sales job and you're not driving a truck, then a suit would be appropriate... More
Answered By: Houyhnhnm - 8/7/2007
 
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