Can you wear a dress for a corporate/finance job interview?

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: Wearing a conversative dress to an interview instead of a suit?
    yes : (22 votes)
    50 %
    no : (20 votes)
    45 %
    other : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 2
    7657 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    It probably would be ok, but I would rather stay traditional for the first interaction and wear a suit. You could wear a black skirt with a top, and then before arriving for the interview, put on a blazer. 

    Post # 3
    1911 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

    californiabride2013:  Bring a black blazer to put on over the dress.

    Post # 4
    831 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    You need to wear a jacket/blazer. Wear a sleeveles shell and carry your jacket on your walk. Put it on before you go in. Good luck!

    Post # 5
    2996 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    californiabride2013:  I would def wear a suit. Just take the jacket off on your walk and try not to walk too quickly. Can you take a cab?

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 11 months ago by  Boxerlover24.
    Post # 6
    815 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Yes, but its all in the cut. Think taylored pencil skirt, not fun and flowy. ANd as the others are saying put a nice blazer over it. Once again, fit is everything. It is certainly worth investing in a nice blazer.

    And lastly, good luck! You will do great 🙂

    Post # 7
    1571 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Definitely bring a blazer and make sure it is a fitted dress. 

    Post # 8
    54 posts
    Worker bee

    I have interviewed, successfully, for some corporate finance jobs at some of the big name firms and I would advise you err on the conservative side.  Dark skirt suit, preferably navy or grey, and a solid color silk blouse.  


    When its blazing hot I wear a sleevless blouse and wait to put on the jacket.  You can bring a cardi to wear at your current job to take down the formality a bit.  It really depends on the position to which you are applying.  For the administrative/hr/executive assistant type positions, a work dress is probably ok.  Hope this helps. 

    Post # 9
    80 posts
    Worker bee

    For corporate/finance, I wouldn’t. And anyway, if you’re worried about it now, you’ll probably be worried about it during the interview while you’re wearing the dress. For that reason especially, I’d err as far as possible on the safe side. It’s a shame you don’t have a skirt to go with your suit, that’d be perfect.

    Post # 10
    110 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Black skirt suit with a white top (can be sleeveless but put your jacket on prior to going inside). Close toed black pumps.   Minimal jewlery (pearl earnings / slight necklace).   Finance is the second most conservative sector (other than the government) – and in my mind for interviews there is a very specific dress code.  You can wear the skirt and blouse to work and leave your suite jacket in the car so that way you won’t be over dressed.  Or you can stop at a mall / resturaunt / whatever on your way to the interview and change in a bathroom.  

    Post # 11
    2044 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    You can wear a dress, but should wear a matching blazer to go with it.  Just a dress would be too casual.

    Post # 12
    1318 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: A very pretty church.

    My best interview outfit is a business dress and matching blazer. I am no looker, but I look world conquering in it. Dress for the job you want, if you don’t have any dresses that say “I am better than my current job and you want me” then don’t wear a dress. Take a cab or take a half day so you can go to the interview without hiking in the sun. The last thing you want is to show up looking hot and bothered, it’ll come off as disorganised and/or nervous.

    Post # 13
    147 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    californiabride2013:  ABSOLUTLEY. as long as it’s not revealing or too tight (ie professional lol) you’ll be fine.  that’s what most women wear in my office, and we’re very corporate.  

    Post # 14
    1323 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    yup im in Finance and that industry and Lawyers are the most conservative. Like 

    WeddingBecks:  said, and in addition, minimal makeup(lip gloss or nude lipstick), hair in bun, no perfume(or strong fragrance) if you can do that, and clear/nude polish.

    Post # 15
    14 posts

    I’d only wear a dress if it were a suiting dress and I had a suiting jacket to throw over it. For a first interview in that industry, I’d absolutely err on the side of being conservative rather being comfortable. It’s going to suck in the heat, but maybe you’ll land an amazing job out of it. Good luck!! 🙂

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