Interview Attire (Why)!!!

Published May 2, 2019 by Shay Taree

So I’m going through a job interview today for another job within my company and I came across a dilemma. I wasn’t sure if I needed to dress up or not since these people are my co-workers. Now when I go to work I dress in jeans, a t-shirt, and a sweatshirt. So I felt it was weird to dress up since y’all see me everyday in this outfit.

This got me to thinking about why do we have to dress up for interviews. Like I get that it’s polite and good impressions but I really doubt that my slightly too small slacks and itchy shirt are going to make me qualified for this job. I mean your mostly listening to my qualifications so what do my clothes I have to do with it.

I know some people are going to say that first impressions mean everything but aren’t we also told not to judge a book by its cover. Now I agree you should come dressed in sweats or booty shorts but I do think that you should be comfortable.

So I think that comfortable attire should be allowed at job interviews and the office. Yes there should be some structure but I think the suit and tie or slacks should be retired.

But I want to know what y’all think? Do you think that comfortable clothes should be allowed during job interviews? Comment down below and let me know.

~Shay Taree

2 comments on “Interview Attire (Why)!!!

  • I think dressing up for interviews and working to make a good impression are important. It isn’t so much about the end result but showing the effort and the desire to succeed. If you had two equally qualified applicants and one had spent time to present themself well at an interview and the other turned up wearing jeans or whatever, then surely you’d choose the one who put in time and effort to make an impression because the impression left would be that the person takes the extra time and pays attention to those kinds of details. Admittedly, I don’t think dress should over-rule qualifications but regularly a job could be equally filled by any number of the applicants so all of those factors come into play.

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