A couple of articles over the weekend focused on the decline of the business suit. One such article on the BBC website highlighted a recent poll of 2,000 British workers by online bank First Direct that “found that only one in 10 employees wears a suit every day, more than a third of staff opt for jeans and only 18% regularly wear a tie”
This got me to thinking as to the impact of the ever-changing face of workplace attire on the interview process. Knowing your audience is crucial to interview success. Doing your homework as to the culture, the people, the environment in to which you are heading is a crucial part of your interview preparation. So, what to wear?
A simple rule of thumb applies. You are unlikely to be criticised, to lose out on a job opportunity, for being overdressed. You are however very likely to be ruled out for being under – dressed ( in every sense of the phrase ). So don’t hedge your bets. Once your through the door you have earned the right to sit alongside your colleagues in board shorts and flip-flops if that’s de rigueur. Until that happens, step up, smarten up, sharpen up.