Aug 21, 2018 - 07:44 PM
Aim for "business casual," a range some find hard to nail down. For men, business casual means neatly pressed slacks of wool, cotton, or khaki paired with a sweater or button-down shirt. Leather shoes and belt are your best bet for accessories and a tie is usually optional. For women, many of the same rules apply but also include fabrics such as twill and corduroy. Skirts and dresses can be business casual but should be a professional length.
On the list of what not to wear, there are t-shirts, tank tops, jeans, shorts, and revealing clothing. Unless you know these fit within the culture of the company, avoid them. TheMuse provides three steps for nailing your informational interview that can provide more help. Err on the side of being too conservative rather than too casual and you can make a better impression.
Apr 25, 2019 - 02:11 PM
You don’t want to show up in a sweat-soaked Spandex cycling jersey and shorts, which is too casual for the situation and doesn't show respect for the person who has granted you the informational interview. One good, safe option for both men and women is pants with a buttoned-up shirt. Both items should be ironed and in good repair, along with shoes that are clean and polished. Avoid perfumes or colognes (some people are allergic or sensitive to smells) and make sure your hair is clean and tidy.
To the informational interview, bring a notebook and pen to take notes, and shut off or mute your cellphone. If you carry a backpack or purse, make sure you can handle it properly. You don’t want to be juggling a full-to-bursting backpack that might be awkward as you shake hands with others or are given a tour.