The differences in workplace dress codes have stumped many people, so don’t question your intelligence. Depending on where your interview is or where you work, the dress code could range from casual, smart casual, business casual, business/informal and even semi-formal. Let’s begin!
When dressing for an interview, you will want to match the workplace dress code. If you don’t know what the dress code is, a safe way to dress is business casual. If you know your industry standard or the workplace dress code, here are some of the ways you may want to dress for your interview:
I’m sure we all know what casual is. This calls for your favourite t-shirt and jeans combination – the clean ones! A lot of creative agencies dress casual, but it really does depend on where you work.
Smart casual should make you look sharp, stylish and neatly put together. This is your opportunity to pair denim with a cool blazer. Trousers, vests and ties are other great options to bring into the mix. If you are resorting to denim, make sure there are no holes – they should look somewhat dressy.
If they say to dress business casual, break it down to simpler terms: dress business, but be casual. This can mean dress pants and a nicely fitted blouse. Could be a collared shirt and khakis. This is not a place for jeans…unless it’s Friday! Khakis or skirts for women are commonly worn.
Informal attire may be a misnomer as it does call for a bit of formality. Business and informal attire is more sophisticated than smart casual, often signalling the need for suits, ties and dresses.
Semi-formal attire is more fancy than business attire but just a notch below formal tuxedos and fancy gowns. Men, wear a dark suit with a long tie. Women, this is the where you can wear a little black dress – most women will wear a classy short evening dress.
Now that you know how to dress the code, be confident as you head into your next interview! Remember that body language is just as important as how you’re dressed. You’ve got to dress the part, and then you’ve got to walk the walk.