Is a suit necessary for an interview? Or is business casual enough?

When you land a job interview, it’s an exciting time! You’re a step closer to a new job and you want to impress the interviewer. One of the most obvious things to think about is your appearance: what should you wear? The classic attire for an interview is a power suit, but is this still necessary? The short answer is maybe. To learn more, check out these tips from a leading provider of entry-level jobs in AtlantaHappy Faces Personnel Group. 

It Depends on Your Industry 

If you’re interviewing for a job in the banking industry or law, a suit is a must-have for an interview. In other industries, such as creative, technology, manufacturing and foodservice, business casual can be enough.  

What is Business Casual? 

For men, you could choose dress pants or corduroys; a button-down shirt, polo shirt or sweater; and nice shoes (never sneakers). For women, you could choose pants or a skirt (knee-length or longer); a blouse, short- or long-sleeved shirt, or sweater; and nice shoes.  

What if You’re Still not Sure? 

One thing you can do is simply ask someone from Human Resources what most people usually wear to interviews at the company. Phrase your question as, “I’m scheduled for an interview, and I’m not sure what to wear. Would I be out of place in formal business clothes?” This will allow the contact to answer either yes, and give you details about more casual options, or no—which means you probably want to wear a suit.  

Check with Your Recruiter 

He or she wants you to do your very best and is an excellent resource for help preparing for your upcoming interview, including what to wear. Your recruiter can also help you prepare your resume, and answers to common interview questions.  

Need a Recruiter? 

If you’re in search of work in the Atlanta area, contact Happy Faces Personnel Group. We work with candidates to find work they love, and we’re waiting to talk to you. To learn more, reach out to us today!   


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