So, you get the call back, they want to ‘get you in next week, grab a coffee, have a meet n’ greet, discuss the role, blah blah blah’. You go out that night and celebrate prematurely, spending all remaining funds on beer and 3am McDonalds. You go, girlfriend.
A few days out from the interview, it starts to sink in – what are you going to wear?
When it’s not corporate-corporate.
So it’s still a legit office, but your not interviewing to be a lawyer, banker or executive. Before your interview, use your experienced Facebook stalking skills to research the company, the kind of companies they work with, and people who may work there. You should be able to suss out the kind of office atmosphere and culture you’re walking into.
Once you’ve ascertained what the company’s employees may wear on any given day, take your interview outfit up a level. Example: If the office is really casual and wears jeans and tees everyday, go for a smart casual outfit. If the office is a smart casual, stick to professional black and white palettes and collared shirts. Always dress up a level for an interview, so really, the only time you should be dressed casually is if you’re interviewing to be a babysitter. Examples below.
You will probably sweat.
Fact. It happens to everyone, embrace it. With this in mind, wear a top that will hide any sweating as much as possible. You really can’t go wrong with black, even if you have massive sweat patches, when black fabric gets wet the contrast isn’t too noticeable. Grey marle is notoriously bad for sweat patches – avoid at all costs. Silk, cotton and chambray will all show sweat patches too.
Don’t let people know how crazy you are until you’re past your probation period
So you love wearing big gold J.Lo hoop earrings and you know you look damn fine in them? That’s nice. Don’t wear them to your interview.
I understand the whole ‘but these shoes/this drawn on Marilyn Monroe mole/that jacket define who am I, I have to wear it’ – and I’m not saying don’t wear it, I’m just saying don’t wear it straight away. While we’re on the topic, remove piercings and cover up tattoos. Allow your new employer to see how good you are at your job without being distracted by your personal fashion statements.
Other things to consider that are so straightforward that they don’t need a paragraph’s explanation.
– Don’t wear really high shoes that you think will make you look more professional, if you can’t walk properly in them.
– Iron your shirt. This is textbook.
– Nothing too short. I don’t care if it’s a 44 degree February Day, sorry.
Smart Casual Office: