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

posted 5 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 # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

    I interned in the corporate sector while in college and I strongly disagree with all of the PPs who’ve said it’s alright to wear a dress to this interview. Wear the suit. Take off the jacket while you’re at work, leave it in your car, and then put it back on before you go anywhere near the company you’re interviewing at. 

    Unfortunately, finance/corporate/legal professions are extremely conservative and largely male dominated. While we shouldn’t have to dress to avoid male attention, wearing a dress – in my opinion, and possibly the recruiter’s – comes across not only informal but also, perhaps, a bit less “serious” than a suit would. Is it wrong? Undeniably. There’s no need for them to doubt you because of your appearance but I have heard of it happening many times from friends who work in HR and hiring – some even think that dresses/skirts are too casual and that the person doesn’t understand the company culture.

    Long story short, the dress is risky, the suit is safe. Wear extra deodorant and try to catch a cab/drive to the interview if you can’t bear the heat otherwise.

    Post # 17
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I work in finace. It is not OK to wear a dress for an interview! You have to be at your best & most formal. It is ok however to wear a dress afterwards at the office privede its a thick suit type of material dress + tights + suit jacket.  Of course it depends on a position you applied for. I am more in a client-oriented banking type of job. If you do some back office structuring it doesnt matter that much but why risk?  Good luck.

    Post # 18
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Also check out the blogger The ClassyCubicle, she has some advice on interview look. She is really great!

    Post # 19
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    329 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    IF you have a matching suited dress (Calvin Klein makes a few, and I’m sure I’ve seen dresses and blazers of the same fabric in places like Banana Republic and J. Crew) in a dark color with a traditional looking blazer (not some weird little cropped bolero), I’d say it’s fine.  Short of that, I wouldn’t, personally. 

     

     

    Post # 20
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    mrs2014:  Just checked out the Classy Cubicle – she’s amazing – I could actually wear the majority of this stuff to work (minuse the peep-toe booties)!   If only I could have someone else finance my wardrobe and than have someone else put all the pieces together for me.   

    Post # 21
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    757 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

     

    WeddingBecks:  she is cool!but i do not think she is in finance – unfortunatelly I can’t imagine showing up to work in quite a few of them. Don’t think she is from finance…

    Post # 22
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    Busy bee

    For a corporate interview you have a little more latitude than at a bank, where the dress is 100% not appropriate, unless it actually is a formal suiting dress. 

    It is also my opinion that the older/more senior you are, the more latitude you have, in either environment.   

    If this is entry level or close to entry level, then definitely go with the blazer over the dress and only if the dress resembles a suiting dress and is a netural color.

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