Tech corporations may have more lax dress codes, but that doesn’t mean you get to show up looking a mess. Personal appearance matters rather you work in a business professional environment or business casual. Even more so when you are going to an interview for a tech job.
Tech jobs are expected to grow by 11 percent between the years 2019-2029 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. So that means they will interview a lot of folks. You want to make sure that not only your skills are competitive but also the clothing you wear for the interview.
I am very aware of the dress code for tech companies as I have a close relationship with a VERY popular tech company. I have seen up close and personal the day-to-day fashions and yes, it is very casual and not fussy at all.
But going to a job interview blending in before you even got the job I would not suggest. I say this often that first impressions still matter, so why not put your first foot forward to make your first impression a lasting one.
I am not saying you need to dress like you are walking the red carpet at the Oscars but dressing a little over decent doesn’t hurt. This applies to virtual interviews as well btw. The same effort should be made with your appearance with virtual interviews as well.
So how should you dress for your tech job interview? I would not be a good friend if I provided not only you more information via text and visually. Below I will go over some key things to consider before picking your outfit for your tech job interview.
Do your research
Of course, I am sure this goes without saying, but when you’re researching the company history, mission statements, etc.. also look for photos of any company events or photos taken at the office to gauge what their dress code is. Again dressing just like the current employees is not the goal, take it a notch up or two to stand out.
It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.
As mentioned above, stand out, don’t blend in. You do not want to overdo it, but wearing your faded jeans with your old hoodie is not the look. I doubt they would fault you for putting on your finest business professional jeuge in the interview.
Or to be safe, put on a full business professional outfit, suit, etc.. and then subtract pieces from there if you are afraid you will look like you’re doing the most. I don’t think you can lose there unless you take off all your clothes and try to show up naked, lol.
Let your style shine
You do not want to lose yourself when getting dressed for an interview. It’s important that you wear clothes that reflect your personality, even in professional settings. So if you try something on that makes you feel a little fraudulent, do not wear that. Wear an outfit to the interview that can speak for you within the first 15 seconds of the interviewers seeing you.
You can do this with accessories in a very muted way or how you style your look. You do not have to wear a boring professional uniform, you can add a little pizazz that can make a statement to show a little about you and your personality. Check out this blog post here that I wrote about style personalities to see define what yours is.
Check the fit
Fit is everything with clothing period. If the fit is off, it ruins the whole look. Having a tailor on call would be a good idea to make sure that your clothing fits you like a glove. Tugging and pulling on your clothing during an interview is not a good look and can distract the interviewers.
A good way to best know what clothes fit your body best is by knowing your body type. You can read this blog post here that I wrote that will tell you all about body types and how to find out what yours is.
Now it’s one thing to tell you about how to dress for a tech job interview but it’s even better to show you. And I am going to do just that. So let’s get to showing you some outfits ideas you can wear to your tech interview.
Simple Chic Color Blocking
You may not be required to wear a suit for an interview with a tech company, but that does not mean you cannot still wear something similar. This look is simple and not too flashy but still stylish. You look put together without doing the most and you are still kind of trendy since you are color-blocking.
Classic and Simple
If you are more of a classic personality type, this look here is for you. Adding some jewelry that is not too flashy is A-ok when interviewing for any job. The details in the shoes, bag, and jewelry set this look off. You will make a good first impression wearing this.
Opposite of Doing Too Much
If you are not looking to make a fuss about your look, wear this. I know some of you may not give two shits about fashion. Even so, you need to look presentable for your interview. With this look, you look put together without putting much thought into it. You probably already have these pieces in your closet, so put them together and call it an interview outfit, lol.
This look is doing a lot kinda, but for an interview where the dress code is not as strict, it works. Showing your personality through your outfit is always suggested in my book. If you are a lady who likes tech and fashion, show it. The bow on the shirt will definitely leave this something to remember you by.
Dress It Up
Gone are the days you need to dress like a man at work. You can wear feminine clothing and still exude power. This dress here is professional and feminine with the tie on the side adding that extra touch. The bag and the shows match, and that is ok. I believe it’s ok to be matchy-matchy every now and then.
The shoes are the superstar with this look. Just because you are going to an interview does not mean your love for shoes has to be hidden. The shoes have some a little glam detail but nothing that would be distracting from the interview or maybe even seen. The rest of this look is very simple and to the point, classy with a touch of drama.
A Little Pattern Does Not Hurt
I love an A-line skirt. This look would be perfect for the rectangle body type. The pattern in the shirt can show a little personality and break up the monotony of all the neutral colors. If you are a lover of bags, this Versace Medusa bag is certainly a staple.
Your bag is not a focus during an interview. But if you want to feel more stylish wearing this simply chic outfit, add a stylish bag like this one to here to keep your Rich Auntie card.
All Blue Through and Through
Blue is a color that represents trust, so if you are going for a cybersecurity job, this would not be a bad outfit to wear. The shirt has a little pattern in it, yet nothing distracting. For you ladies who are not about wearing stilettos pumps in the club, then these shoes here are just for you, lol. Let the employer know you can be trusted with your job and your appearance with this look.
If Beige Suits You
If you must wear a suit, then you can wear one like this. I pieced this suit together with separates. You may not be able to tell but the shirt actually has a muted pattern on it. This look needed something to add some personality to it, so the shirt with the pattern can do just that.
Dress Your Best
This look is for that sophisticated lady who likes to keep it chic and simple. You may want your interviewer to be more focused on what you saying more than what you are wearing. You can sell it minimally with this look but you are on your own with selling with everything else, lol.
Voila! I hope these 10 looks here give you some ideas and inspiration for your interview look. I kept it pretty basic using the same three colors that are acceptable in professional settings or when interviewing.
Now go and get that job sis, and if you do not do anything else, remember to have fun when getting your look together.