Business Casual Dress For Job Interviews: Do's And Don'ts
In an age of business casual, how can you make sure you're wearing correct attire when you earn a sit-down interview at companies like Google, Amazon, and PayPal?
Thousands of IT professionals began 2014 hoping for a new position at a new organization -- and that probably means at least one in-person interview with the CIO, potential colleagues, and a human resources executive.
Although tech positions often qualify for more casual daily attire, job interviews typically mandate that candidates dress more formally. But does the same hold true if you're interviewing for a position at one of the industry's biggest technology companies? Should you don a suit, dig out a pair of pantyhose, or polish up your Oxfords?
After all, businesses like Google and Facebook are notorious for their laid-back environments. Google's New York office (in Chelsea, no less) features a library with a secret room, allows dogs, and encourages engineers to scribble on the walls. Facebook's offices offer treadmills and multiple restaurants and showcase employee art.
Smaller firms can't compete on perks, but they can (and often do) give employees the chance to dress casually -- very casually. Although her small software consultancy's dress code is officially "business casual," employees wear jeans, shorts, and flip flops -- or even go barefoot, network administrator Denise7499 told me via a community forum on Spiceworks.