Going to a job interview? Here's what to wear.

It used to be that when you got your degree, your first stop was to the department store to buy a suit and crisp shirt.  Men went for a dark suit with a white shirt and conservative tie. Women went for almost the same thing, but the suit was a skirt with matching jacket or maybe a pantsuit.  

Fast forward to today's work environment, where "dress down Fridays" have given way to a more laid-back culture of casual work weeks all around.  Many companies (albeit less traditional ones) pride themselves on open dress codes (jeans every day).  There are some companies where flip flops and shorts are acceptable.  Still others require a designer suit and tie, all day, every day.

So when you're preparing for that big job interview, what's considered acceptable?  How do you know what to wear?  How can you possibly know the corporate culture before you even interview?

Ask.

When you receive the email inviting you to an interview, you should reply, accept the interview, and then ask what appropriate workplace attire is for employees.  Whatever the response is, you should plan on dressing "a step above" that.  If the answer is t-shirts and jeans, you might choose a pair of khakis and a collared polo.  If the answer is a polo and khakis, you might opt for a pressed button down (no tie) and khakis. You want to put your best foot forward, dress so you are comfortable, dress in colors that flatter you, and most of all, remember that your personality is your best asset!  Sell yourself! (Don't forget about your resume.  Check out our previous post detailing 10 ways to improve your resume.)

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-RV

*image courtesy of Robert Shele / creative commons/ http://www.menswear-market.com/