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Asked by Tanya on February 8, 2017

How should I dress for an interview? What does “business casual” mean?

Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on February 8, 2017

If you are interviewing for a corporate or office type of position, I would always encourage business professional dress attire unless the company tells you otherwise. Business professional is a business suit (pants and a suit jacket), blouse or button-down shirt/oxford, a tie for males or a knee-length skirt or dress for females. Business casual is less formal and typically the dress attire for most employee's in a corporate or office position. Business casual could be anything from dress pants, blouse or button-down shirt with no tie, dress, sweater, khaki's, etc. I would recommend searching "business casual" and "business professional" through the images in Google to get a better visual of what is appropriate for both.

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Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on February 28, 2017

Great question! In general, if the dress code hasn’t been touched upon in any conversations and isn’t included on any of your paperwork, assume business professional. Trust me, putting your best foot forward is always the best course of action and better to be a bit overdressed than wildly underdressed. If directions for dress have been given, and you’re still unclear, don’t hesitate to ask a follow up question! Business casual is a dress code that a lot of companies are migrating to and it can mean something a bit different at each company. It may be that most employees can wear jeans under a business casual dress code, but for an interview, I would suggest the dressier side of casual. For men this means dressing up, but skipping the tie. For woman, this could mean pants or a skirt and a blouse, cardigan, etc.

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Answered by Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on March 7, 2017

You should dress how you feel comfortable meaning a suit or business casual. If they say business casual and you dont feel comfortable going to an interview in anything but a suit, wear a suit. Business casual is nice dress pants and a button down shirt for males and for females nice dress pants, nice shirt or sweater.

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