From MIT to Cal Tech, nerds seeking interviews with top tech firms have shown up wearing the same ill-fitting business attire. Finally, staff members from career placement offices have engaged with social scientists to try better define the problem.
“Every year, at our pre-interview workshops, we tell students to dress professionally, but we see the same wrinkled jackets and high-water dress pants,” sighed Zandra Chao, placement officer from the San Fernando Mathematics Institute. “I don’t even want to talk about the white tube socks.”
“As scientists, we’re torn,” admits Jeffery O’Quade of the Social Science Brain Trust in Washington, DC. “Evidence shows that nerdy students are born with unusual limb characteristics, which makes off-the-rack suit purchases difficult. At the same time, these students are predisposed to avoid behaviors such as ironing.”
“We’re hoping to obtain a research grant to support Dr. O’Quade’s work,” said Chao. “We need resources to find out about this wardrobe dynamic – and soon. We haven’t even begun to talk about grooming.”