Gone are the days when you have to run pillar to post for that perfect black or navy blue suit for an interview. However, saying that I am not ridiculing the people wearing suits for an interview, it just that they belong to a different time and place and are not applicable for a startup company .There is a paradigm shift in the way people dress especially while interviewing for a startup company. Finding a perfect attire to impress the interviewer can be a daunting task for some candidates.
How to dress up for an interview at a startup
Companies are like fingerprints, not all are the same. They have different work cultures, employees and atmospheres. When going for an interview in a startup you must ensure that your dressing style blends with their company culture. Dressing up too casually might indicate that you are not taking the interview too seriously and being overdressed might make you come across as floppy.
You have to be cautious on the attire you choose to wear for an interview at a startup. No one would dare wear shorts and flip-flops at a wedding or wear a brand new suit at the beach. The other thing you have to be careful that you don’t come across as flashy or dress like a fashion diva. You don’t want to look like a Victoria secret model waiting to walk on the ramp. The interviewer might probably get distracted by your absurd dressing sense and pay attention to your clothes rather than what you have to offer to their company.
Start-ups are known for their anti-corporate attitude. They rather embrace creative and innovative ideas to grow business than ponder on the dressing sense of their employees. Comfortable business attire is the new entrepreneur dressing style. Startups encourage candidates to dress in which they feel good about themselves. The attire should be a representation of everything which one is in one’s wardrobe. “It’s always really important to be professional, and come across as professional, even if you’re interviewing for a casual startup,” says Anne Lewis, director of sales for Betts Recruiting, headquartered in San Francisco. Your dress sense should be decided after doing some research on the culture of the company. You don’t want to be a square peg in a round hole.
Dressing attire for Men
Men should consider wearing a long sleeve dress shirt, khaki pants, a belt and dress shoes. Despite the casual ambiance of a startup office, button down shirts and khaki pants do have a place in a startup casual workplace. While pleated chinos and pressed, tucked-in button downs are more in the arena of business casual attire, you can easily modify that look for a startup casual environment. On the whole, the key point is to be well-dressed but not stuffy or edgy. The flexibility of a startup casual environment allows office workers to create their own look with clothing that they will look good in but still feel comfortable.
Dressing attire for Women
Women should consider wearing a collar shirt with pants or pencil skirt. If women opt for heels, they should bring a pair of flats along. Cotton blouses and good fit dark wash jeans are a safe bet to wear. Paired with a blazer, the denim becomes dressy enough for the office. When you’re interviewing, up it a notch and wear a well fitted pair of pants.
At the end of the day, your skills are more important than your clothes but during an interview it is imperative to give that first good impression. So, give it some thought and then nail your interview after researching the company, its employees on Linkedin, company’s social profiles, which might provide you hits on what they wear and decide to dress accordingly.