You have an in-person interview, congratulations! You’ve done your research on the company and are excited about the prospect of working there. But now you’re channeling your inner grinch thinking, “but what will I wear?!” From social media photos of the office, you can tell that the dress code is casual – everyone is wearing jeans and t-shirts. What does that mean for you? Don’t fret; here’s a fool-proof guide to dressing for a casual interview.
Always Dress One Step Up
First, the golden rule. Always dress one step above the company dress code. So, with a casual dress code, there’s a lot of room for interpretation. Our preference is to go “smart casual.” This typically looks like slacks or a Ponte-style pant paired with a button-down shirt or a nice blouse. However, you can get away with jeans if you really want to. Be sure they are as dark as possible, and pair them with a dressier shirt or blazer to balance. Simple business casual dresses or skirts are always acceptable for a casual interview as well!
Keep Accessories Simple
If you’re already dressing one step above the dress code, keep your accessories simple. There’s no need for a tie or elaborate jewelry. Include a simple watch or an understated necklace. Choose nice, polished shoes and a matching belt. When it comes to accessorizing, an interview is not the time to experiment. Stick with what you know and love!
Tread Carefully With Colors And Prints
There’s no need to avoid colors and prints altogether, but we advise you to choose wisely. Stick with colors that give a professional vibe, like cobalt blue or red. Leave the neon blouse at home to avoid looking too casual or distracting. Likewise, large, loud prints can distract and take the focus away from you and your qualifications. Instead, focus on subtle details that will leave a great impression.
Even at an office with a casual dress code, it’s important to look polished and professional for an interview. Aim for a balance between formal elements and casual touches to make a great first impression.