PRO TIP- DRESSING FOR THE TECH INTERVIEW

 

CONTRIBUTED BY LEON YANG

Congrats! You have managed to achieve the possibility of NOT wearing a suit every day. 

Laid back but Ready for Action Tech companies have earned the stereotype of casual attire and coffee shop like hangouts. Yet that laid-back attitude is just part of the story. Indeed, the behavioral flip side includes a frenetic pace and aggressive deadlines. Preparing for this interview may be slightly different than others you have had before.

 

STEP 1- Do Your Research

 

Familiarize with the company culture and existing employees.  Research the company’s online presence, check some Linkedin profiles.  If you are still looking to gather info, try Glassdoor or some similar websites where people generally post dressing tips for an interview.

 

STEP 2-Dressing the Part

 

Business Casual:

 

Your first inclination may be business casual- and perhaps you have been guided by their HR department to dress accordingly.

    

  •    Dark dress pants are safe for a business casual ensemble. Perhaps skip the dark jeans or khakis chino.
  •    A button down collared dress shirt is perfect. Add a grey or neutral cardigan if you feel it’s needed.
  •    A more neutral color palette is always best. White, grey and black always dominate.
  •    Wear a tie if necessary. No bowtie, please.

 

Business Formal (Business Corporate):

 

If you have been advised to keep it more formal OR you haven’t been given any indication of otherwise.

 

  • Suit and tie are always the safest choices for an interview.
  • Color choice is important for your suit.  Navy and dark grey are always optimal choices for various seniorities and positions. Black is also classic.
  • Choose your tie mindfully. A medium width tie will be appropriate in most cases. You do not want to be on your way to a cocktail tasting event with a narrow tie, or simply too “old-fashioned” with a wide, flat one.
  • A little pattern on the tie or some subtle stripes on the suit is fine. Stay away from complicated baroque patterns or color schemes.
  • Dark dress pants are safe for a business casual ensemble. Perhaps skip the dark jeans or khakis chino.
  • A button down collared dress shirt is perfect. You may add a grey or neutral cardigan if you feel comfortable.
  • A neutral palette is always best. White, grey and black always winning choices.
  • Wear a tie if necessary. No  bow-tie, please.

 

Additional tips:

  • Make sure your gear is clean and fresh. The idea is not how stylish they are but how you are PREPARED.
  • Again, culture consideration—try not to out dress. This can be tricky given the MD that interviews you may have a chance to wear a T-shirt, but everyone else is wearing a suit.
  • Try not to wear your favorite sneakers.
  • Leave your phone off and in the pocket.
 
Alex Gannes