While the tech job you eventually land may have a more relaxed dress code than your typical sales or corporate gig, that doesn’t mean you should dress for the interview like you already have the job. And while there certainly are those companies that pride themselves on the youthful start-up atmosphere, which includes that certain style of dress, technology professionals are employed in industries that range the gamut – from finance corporations to ad agencies to everything in between – where fashion protocol is a whole different story. While the Zuckerberg getup (hoodie, t-shirt and jeans) may work down the line once you’ve nabbed the job, it’s probably not advisable for most interviews.
You shouldn’t have to worry about playing a what-to-wear guessing game or having to research online to find feedback from past interviewers who may regretted their fashion choices. If you’re working with a decent recruiter who knows their clients well, they will point you in the right direction. If you’re interviewing directly, you can even ask the HR Rep what typical interview attire is. Err on the side of caution though and always dress more formal than not!
For more insight into what to wear and some interview appearance basics check out our Slideshare presentation below! It should help demystify the professional fashion lingo and provide some helpful pointers to guarantee a great first impression from the moment you walk in the door.