Post # 1
Over the past week my office has had about 10 people come in to be interviewed for a position. As an admin asst, it’s my job to print their resumes and welcome them prior to the start of their interview.
I noticed that only 1 person out of all ten came in nice attire, all the rest showing up in very casual (jeans) clothing. All of them were over the age of 25. Most of them were older with a lot of work experience. It got me thinking how I always show up to an interview (no matter what it’s for) dressed in business attire and I started to wonder what everyone else thought about it.
Post # 3
I’m in between Business Attire and Business casual. I don’t usually go to the point of a whole suit. Usually dress pants, dress shirt, blazer and pumps.
Jeans to an interview at a office environment is a definite no no!
Location plays into it for me as well. If I was interviewing at a big firm in NYC I would def wear a full business suit.
Post # 4
@firsttimemom: Wow, that’s not how I was raised. I bring out my nicest pair of slacks (Ann Taylor) a beautiful button down shirt, beautiful business smart heels and understated pearl earrings. Hair perfect, nails, ect. It blows my mind, you think everyone would be doing an even BETTER job these days. I used to wear the suit, ect — but I’ve had to interview for more assistant positions since my industry crashed so I’ve always felt too overdressed/intimitating now.
Post # 5
I interview in business casual….
generally a wide leg pant, nice blouse that isn’t low, and heels…
or a tea length skirt with a blouse that isn’t low & heels.
I’ve seen crazy attire for interviews.. flip flops, shorts! even. idk what’s wrong but something is very very wrong with the view of a large part of the workforce today. lol
Post # 6
I always wear slacks and a nice shirt with blazer, or a skirt suit. I think sometimes it depends on what you’re interviewing for — but I hear that even if everyone that works there wears jeans, wear something more formal, dress dressier than they do normally for work.
Post # 7
@runsyellowlites: I’ve never seen flip-flops at an interview.. but I’ve seen it at my work where the dresscode is business casual! I was like “uh, flip flops.. here?” We’re not even supposed to wear open-toed shoes!
Post # 8
It is always safer to be over-dressed rather than underdressed in an interview. For mine line of work in the finance industry It would be completely un-heard of to show up to an interview in anything less than a suit, collared shirt, dress shoes, and hair pulled back off the face (don’t want to have to be messing with it during the interview, it distracts the potential employer)
Now for a less formal industry, I could see people wearing khakis and a polo (business casual).
I don’t think it is EVER appropriate (short of applying for a job as a farm hand) to show up in jeans. Just NO
Post # 9
My profession typically requires wearing a suit to interview. I’ve seen some people in business casual attire, but it’s not typically looked highly upon.
Post # 10
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I don’t understand the notion that you would even risk losing a job simply by what you are wearing. Like why even take the chance that you’ll lose a job that you are qualified for because of some random thing like your outfit? That boggles my mind.
Post # 11
It definitely depends on the job. Business casual for a retail/service job is fine. But for a corporate/office/career-type job, definitely dress pants (or skirt) with a matching jacket.
I worked in retail management, and was surprised that there were so many people that would come into their interviews wearing jeans/sneakers/etc. Even if it is a casual work place, at least LOOK like you care enough to get the job.
Post # 12
I usually try to look my best in a suit. The more professional you look, the better chances you will have of getting the job. However, it does depend on the job you’re going for to some degree. Business attire is acceptable when interviewing for an office job though.
Post # 13
For a job I had in high school or college, business casual or casual. Now that I’m in my career in the pharmaceutical industry, definitely business attire.
Post # 14
It depends on the company a bit, but usually somewhere in between the first and second option. I usually wear a skirt with a nice top and good shoes or boots. I don’t wear a jacket, but I don’t think jeans or tennis shoes are appropriate unless you’re interviewing for a job at McDonald’s or a ranch.
Post # 15
My profession calls for a suit. I only dress down when explicitly told to do so. For example, for today’s, the interviewer told me on the phone that the office dresses business casual and I should feel free to do the same, and repeated this in the email. She also mentioned she “feels bad” when she forgets to communicate this and people show up in a suit. I got the message…and came in what I think of as the higher end of business casual (silk shirt as opposed to a knit one, with a black skirt).
Post # 16
I always wear a suit. I have only had 3 job interviews in my life, wore suits to all of them and got each job.