Etiquette Tip of the Week
Etiquette Tip of the Week:Dress down for this interview
What does one wear to an
interview in a casual workplace?
After a dining tutorial at
a university in Florida, a student told me this interview story:
A big tech company (name
withheld) flew this student to California for an interview. He wore his
interview suit and tie.
The first interviewer at
this company said, "Before you speak to me, you need to take off your
tie." He did. The next person said, "Take off your jacket." He
The third person he was to
interview with refused to see him until he came back in a pair of jeans. He
didn't bring any jeans. So he went shopping, purchased a pair of jeans and came
back. (Easy enough for a man. If that were me, I'd say, "See you in two
days...if I'm feeling
A few lessons:
If interviewing with a large tech company in California, ask about the dress
code for interview candidates. Even companies that boast no code, have a code.
Do an Internet search for images of the company's leaders to see how they dress
day-to-day and for special events.
For everything else, err on
the side of formality. It's easier to take things off if over-dressed, than to
put things on if under-dressed.
Back to our college
candidate. This would be a really sad story if he bought the jeans and didn't
get the job, right?
They offered him the job.
He turned it down. A future boss who would make a poor college student buy a
pair of jeans just to speak to him was a bad omen.
Last lesson: you are
interviewing the interviewers as much as they are interviewing you. Make sure
it’s a good fit.
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