I am currently a PhD at a decent university in Math and applying for a part time grad student job in a Fintech company in one of the major centers for finance. I applied for the job by responding to an e-mail and now they asked me to do an onsite interview. The entire application process was informal since they always addressed me by my first name and now I wonder what I should wear. I just wonder whether wearing a suit might be weird in this case?

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    Maybe you should ask about that crazy toupée instead.
    – tripleee
    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:11

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applying for a part time grad student job in a Fintech company in one of the major centers for finance....and now I wonder what I should wear.

Treat this as you would any other formal job interview.

Wear a formal business suit, including plain shirt and an inoffensive tie (No cartoon characters).

Wear good, formal shoes - not patent leather ("dress" shoes). Plain black/grey/white socks (basically again, not things with cartoons.

Your choice of underwear, but definitely something and comfortable.

Accessorize - belt, and cufflinks if appropriate. Go for simple. Do not wear braces (US "suspenders").

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    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:43
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    – Justin
    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:55
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    It's always better to overdress for an interview than risk under-dressing. Although if you can find out about the company dress culture in advance, then you could go for a slightly smarter than default option (IE smart casual shirt and jumper, no tie, for a place where people where casual shirts / t-shirts)
    – Smock
    Jun 18, 2019 at 13:00
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    white socks? With a suit? Seriously?
    – Owain
    Jun 18, 2019 at 13:05

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