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Tiepocalypse
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In one of the movies that influenced me the most, one of the main characters says "I don't wear ties, they prevent the oxygen to reach the brain" (maybe not the exact quote, but close enough...), so today, as part of a large "throwing things away" personal event, I decided to throw all my ties away; including the one with Peanuts, which I think was the first one I ever bought...

The last time I wore a tie was 10 years ago, for my very first interview which landed me my very first job (in finance). I then kept it on for a couple of weeks and then ditched it because there weren't that many ties wearers on that trading floor. Then, for my second interview, which landed my second job (in finance again), I didn't wear one. The story goes that I knew I should have wore one but didn't because it was summer and I didn't want to be too hot. The thing though, as I discovered that day, is that people usually don't care about those omissions when they hire people with my credentials. I took this as a sign, and decided that from that moment I would, as a matter of principle, never wear a tie to go to an interview, and that if any interviewer minded, then they would have self selected themselves as the kind of people I would not want to work for anyway.

Then, since 2010 (the moment my CV became non trivial), I happily turned up wearing shirt and jeans at my interviews (most the the time though with those jumpers which scream "I am an academic!", and obviously with my boots), mostly because I usually had other things I was doing that day (like teaching or going to see a movie) and never want an hour interview to decide the way I dress for the entire day. While being at it, I never prepare interviews (I heard that some people do that...). I usually just turn up, talk uninterrupted for 50 minutes about whatever I had in mind on that day, and leave.

One reason I also didn't need ties was because none of my friends is old enough to have died, and I don't go to other people's friends funerals. Also none of my friends has been stupid enough to get married, or if they did I had other things to do on that day...

Anyway, I cannot guarantee that I will never again need a tie, but then if I do I'll just wear a bolo tie. I was wearing them as a kid to go to that place of worship on Saturdays where I would then spend time sat at the last row doing the other kids maths homework....

update: now that I think about it, I went to a funeral once, in Paris. One of my university lecturer had died, but then, the entire math department turned up in jeans...

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