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Asked by Nathalie on April 22, 2017

I have an internship interview and the hiring manager has told me dress is casual. What does that mean for women? Should I just go in my regular jeans, t-shirt and gym shoes? It's for a marketing internship.

Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on April 24, 2017

Hello,
When meeting someone for an interview it is always better to over-dress than to under-dress.  I would recommend wearing a nice shirt and slacks with appropriate shoes to match.  I would shy away from jeans and gym shoes. You do not need to take it as far as to wear a suit jacket or skirt, but go a bit above the jeans and t-shirt for the interview. It will leave a lasting impression on the interview team; showing your professionalism and interest in the role.
Best of luck! 

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Answered by Taylor, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on April 25, 2017

Casual could mean an array of different things-- but for an interview, it's always best to dress the part. So, just because the interviewer said to dress "casual", it would be in your best interest to at minimum do khakis and a polo- or something to that effect. Obviously, if they say casual, I wouldn't show up in a full blow suit and tie, however, very nice jeans and a nice button up tucked in, or slacks and a polo would be appropriate.

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Answered by Kimberly , Hiring Expert at Emerson, on April 26, 2017

Congratulations on you interview. Remember, first impressions really do matter so I'd recommend wearing khaki's and a polo or sweater and slip on shoes. If you decide to wear jeans, wear a shirt that is dressier than a tee. Good Luck!

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on May 23, 2017

Dress for success!  For future reference, it is always a good idea to ask the recruiter/hiring manager what is specifically meant as casual for their particular environment.  We are all looking to do it right, and a well framed question at the right time can ease the concern.

Though a work environment may be jeans and gym shoes, that's not interview attire.  Upscale by a click or two and you'll be fine.

Best of luck!

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