Believe it or not, there is controversy in the interview world. Hiring managers come in all shapes and sizes, and many hiring managers disagree with one of the most important parts of job interviews – how the applicant dresses.
Today’s corporate world is changing. In some corporations employees show up every day in jeans and a t-shirt. The IT world has completely changed the corporate environment, and these changes have trickled down to the way hiring managers view applicants.
The Two Sides
All hiring managers agree it is a bad idea to come to a job interview dressed as a slob. You still need to create a positive first impression, and dressing in a stained Led Zeppelin t-shirt and sweat pants is unlikely to win you any employment opportunities.
Where the controversy arises is what is considered an acceptable dress code in businesses that have relaxed standards for how their employees dress up. It is not uncommon for technology based companies to have zero requirements for how their employees present themselves. How should an applicant dress when attending one of these job interviews?
Side 1: Still Dress Professionally
Many hiring managers believe that you should still maintain a professional level of dress. This includes wearing a nice shirt, tie, slacks and possibly a suit jacket. The theory is that few hiring managers will turn away an applicant for appearing too professional, no matter how relaxed their dress code. In addition, it is hard to know what employers require until you have attended the interview, and dressing professionally is the safest method of dress.
Side 2: Dress Down to Fit In
Another section of hiring managers believes you should dress to fit into the corporate environment. So if you are going to a job interview with a company that wears a t-shirt and jeans to work, then you should find your nicest t-shirt and jeans before you head to the interview.
Which Side is Right?
Unfortunately, both sides are right. These are the beliefs held by professional hiring managers that employ people based on the criteria they have stated above. This topic will be explored further in the next free PDF available in the next few weeks, but you should note that there is no right answer, because there is no way to know the opinions of the hiring manager you interview with beforehand.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Hiring managers disagree on whether you should dress professionally always or dress specifically for the company you are interviewing with.