This week at Verify, our consultant Rose Farrell is answering a common candidate question. With temperatures soaring across Ireland for the past few days – there was one particular topic on some of our interviewees’ minds…

Question:

It’s summer, it’s hot. I don’t want to wear a suit. What can I wear to my interview?

Rose’s Advice:

The good news is that you don’t always have to wear a suit to your interview. If you are a regular ‘ol developer going for a regular ‘ol developer job – you likely don’t need to wear a suit.

Scope out the dress code of the office you’ll (hopefully!) be working in. Dress one level fancier than everyone else. This basically means business casual.

A decent pair of pants and a nice shirt/top. You don’t have to wear a tie and you don’t have to wear heels.

This isn’t to say there won’t be a company that rejects perfectly qualified candidates because they did not present to interview in a suit. However, consider if this is the type of culture you want to work in. If you are comfortable working in a suit each day – go for it. If you’re a casual kinda person, then the suit obsessed office isn’t going to be a personal fit for you.

If you’re going for a management job or a client-facing job where you’ll be suited and booted each day, then I’m afraid you’ll have to suit up. Perhaps carry the jacket and slip it on once you’re inside the office.

In short – don’t sweat. Go business casual and keep cool for your interview.

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