Jun 21, 2019 - 06:58 PM
Whether the normal interview attire has changed in the last ten years depends on how conservative the organization or industry is. But for many roles, interview attire has trended away from business formal (or business professional) and more toward business casual.
Those applying for jobs in conservative industries (such as banking, consulting, law, or government), or roles of high fiduciary responsibility, are still expected to show up in proper uniform: dark grey suit, pressed white shirt, solid or foulard tie, and polished dress shoes with a matching belt.
But in the last ten years, many new creative roles have emerged, especially in tech and media. Interviewees for those roles are likewise expected to show up looking the part, which usually means smart casual.
Yet for all candidates dressing for the interview, there are still a few timeless principles:
- Dress like you would expect a leader in the role for which you are applying to dress.
- If in doubt, it is always better to dress up a notch rather than down.
- Make sure you feel comfortable, confident, and at ease in whatever you decide to wear to the interview.