Dress code on the interview – is it still important? What to wear to adjust your outfit to company norms?

Dress code on the interview – is it still important? What to wear to adjust your outfit to company norms?

Published on: 25 Oct 2018

There were times when each person on a good job position had to wear formally in a suit (men) or another formal outfit (women). Today, a casual dress code is very popular in many companies, independently on the job position. Is this rule applicable for an interview too? Can you wear casually on the job interview? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Everything depends on a recruiter who would talk to you. However, you can never know what are the preferences of the recruiter before your meeting. That's why it's definitely recommended to think about it and choose more formal outfit than the more casual one. It's always safer and more acceptable. What should you know about a dress code on the interview and why is it so important?

What to wear

Preparation for the interview is connected with a few things. Preparing answers for the most frequent questions, recalling your responsibilities in previous jobs and preparing the outfit. The last dimension is the one, on which we will focus in this article. What to wear? The most important aspect of your outfit is cleanness and neatness. When it comes to details, everything depends on the company. It's always recommended to ask for the recruiter's help. The person who invited you for the interview (especially if they work in a job agency specialising in your industry) knows the rules of the company, in which you would like to work and they can give you some helpful tips. If it's impossible to ask for the recruiter's help, you had better stick to the classical rules. If you're a man, you can wear a suit and a tie. If you're a woman, you can wear an elegant blouse with a knee-length skirt and some tights in a neutral colour. Neutral colours are the best for all pieces of clothing for an interview. Black, white, navy or grey shades always look elegant and formal. Remember to choose clothes in which you feel comfortable, like the ones that you were wearing before. Dress in the clothes suitable for the weather in order not to sweat or tremble with cold. Try to stay up to date when it comes to current styles.

What not to wear

A very casual outfit would be considered inappropriate in almost every industry. Shorts, flip-flops and a Hawaiian shirt are definitely in a bad taste. You shouldn't also wear flashy, patterned clothes and a lot of jewellery. Don't wear clothes that are older than five years. For a recruiter, it can be information that you aren't in touch with here and now. Lack of interest in new fashion doesn't necessarily mean lack of interest in new changes in your industry, but it can suggest such an association to the recruiter. However, brand new clothes and shoes can be also problematic. If you didn't wear them before, you won't know how you can feel in them. The riskiest situation is choosing new shoes. You should break in them before because your lack of confidence (caused by inconvenience) would be noticed by the recruiter and may go against you.

Why is dress code on the interview so important

Although we say „clothes do not make the man”, we say also „fine feathers make fine birds”. Assessing people on appearances can be misleading, but we still do it consciously, or not. We frequently ascribe better qualities to well-dressed people. Recruiters think in a similar way. Moreover, wearing an appropriate outfit is very often associated with showing respect. You don't want the recruiter to think that you're disrespectful, do you?