@seaEE: An acquaintance of mine wore a clip-on tie to his engineering job interview. Functionality trumps form?
I find myself sitting on the horns of a dillema (and it's not very comfortable, let me tell you :-)
I no longer own a suit or a tie (apart from a black tie for funerals, and the small tin box in my office that's marked "Emergency Bow Tie," of course).
On the other hand, I'm still enough of the old school to think that if you are going to wear a tie in the first place, then make it a real one.
On the other hand (damn this dilemma, why can't it keep still) I typically don;t notice a lot of stuff, so I really wouldn't know if the person in front of me was wearing a clip-on tie or a toupe for that matter...
@David: Funnily enough I was hearing the news about Zimbabwe on the radio on the way into work this morning. It sounds rather dire. I wonder how many of the folks who originally hailed Robert Mugabe as a hero are still happy with him after all this time...
My first engineering interview, I was on time. In fact I had several minutes to spare, and I remember using them to cram on some transistor theory which I didn't feel I was too strong in.
However, it was the first day of my second job that I remember most well. Three of us new employees were in the conference room with someone from Human Resources who was going over their benefits....medical...dental...yada... An hour or so into this, one of my fellow hirees asked, "So what kind of breaks to we get?" When the HR person explained the lunch/break times, he then asked, "Is it okay if I take a cigarette break now?" I thought it was a pretty funny and kind of bold first day comment! Always nice to have someone push the boundaries a bit. ;)
An acquaintance of mine wore a clip-on tie to his engineering job interview. Functionality trumps form? With a clip-on, if the interview isn't going well, you can always try and switch ties halfway through it to see if it might improve your prospects.
@Max: Maybe he just has a poor sense of direction .. he thought he was going to England... :-)
Even Zimbabweans aren't that bad Max :-) Actually I was born in England and have tended to avoid its green unpleasant land ever since. (It's nice for a visit but I wouldn't want to live there.) Too much green gives me the heebies after a while. I used to come back from there on overnight flights, look out of the window in the morning and see brown Africa below, and think YES! I'm home!
At least Australia is sometimes the right colour. "The wide brown land for me" as a line in a local poem goes.....
@kfield: Had I not been flying with him, it's likely I would have happily soared off to the wrong Greenville!
Sometimje in thje mid 1980s (when security was a lot laxer than today) I was on a flight from the UK to Japan. A short time after we got airborne the pilot came on the intercom and waffeled on for a bit, and ended with something like "We will be arriving in Tokyo in about 11 hours"
And a woman's voice piped up from a few rows in front of me saying "Tokyo? I'm going to San Francisco!" ... and everyone aroudn me looked up from the books and magazines they were reading ... and we all looked at each other with wide eyes ... and someone started laughing ...