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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.

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User Rank: Apprentice
4/10/2014 | 2:16:21 AM
Re: Really?
I do agree with you,dressing makes lot of impact in  business and professional ..If you are dressed up properly then you will feel better and you will get confidence for an interview and you will be comfortable  also ..AS
Craig W. Fugagte
Craig W. Fugagte,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/8/2014 | 9:51:07 PM
Re: Superficial much?

Sssthuss sspisch shUnn!  FIVE! FIVE, ELEMENThhS!!!


Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
User Rank: Author
1/8/2014 | 5:12:07 PM
Re: Superficial much?
I suspect attire plays far less of a role in West Coast hiring decisions than inappropriate social media posts.
User Rank: Author
1/8/2014 | 2:47:16 PM
Re: Superficial much?
I recently took part in a presentation to a group of advertising agency 20- and 30-somethings. I wore a sports jacket and slacks, but no tie -- and still felt like an old man amid the folks wearing jeans and T-shirts. Every situation is different. Sometimes it pays to dress down a bit.
Kristin Burnham
Kristin Burnham,
User Rank: Author
1/8/2014 | 2:41:52 PM
This is all a little silly. While you'll want to fit in with others when you have the job, I can't see the harm in dressing to impress when you're interviewing. If you look good, you feel good, and that'll boost your confidence. I'd much rather be over-dressed than under-dressed.
User Rank: Author
1/8/2014 | 1:26:46 PM
Re: Superficial much?
I can hear my Dad's voice asking his under-dressed kid -- "Are you afraid they're going to take you too seriously?"
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Author
1/8/2014 | 1:22:25 PM
Superficial much?
If a company is going to refuse to hire me because I wore a suit to the interview, I am not sure I want to work for them anyway. I mean, seriously?
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