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Is business casual okay for an interview?

You have scored a job interview, but forgot to ask about the dress code. With no idea what to wear to the big interview, you may think the default is to wear business casual attire. In many cases, this is actually incorrect.

Business casual is risky for a job interview.

What is business casual?

Let’s start out with a definition of what business casual is, so we are all on the same page. Business casual for men is generally considered as being a collared shirt with slacks and closed shoes. Your shirt may be short sleeved and it may even be a polo shirt. You do not wear a tie. Some even consider jeans as being appropriate for business casual attire. The idea is to be neat, but not dressed up.

It may be too informal

For a professional or office job interview, business casual is likely to be much too informal. You would be better off in a suit. It is always better to be overdressed rather than underdressed, especially when you want to make a good impression on your interviewer.

If you do decide to wear business casual, take pains to look sharp. Polish your shoes, avoid jeans and ensure you are clean-shaven.

When should you wear business casual to an interview?

Wear business casual if they have specified that this is the dress code. If you do not get the chance to ask, it is best to err on the side of caution and dress a little more formally than business casual. However, some interviews may be perfectly suited to neat but casual attire. A young startup company or a hip coffee house would be examples of this.