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Wall Street Journal Article Claims Jeans Are Appropriate Interview Attire

Do Jeans Get the Job?

I’ve mentioned before that jeans are generally a no-go in interviews, and most of you agreed. But are the interview times a-changin’? The Wall Street Journal recently made the claim that jeans are becoming the new power attire for male world leaders and executives — and that this phenomenon also carries over to interview attire in some industries:

. . . in the tech world, dressy pants can be viewed with suspicion. "When someone shows up to an interview or meeting in anything other than jeans, it shows inexperience and a lack of confidence," says Andrew Dumont, vice president of marketing for text-messaging company Tatango.

OK, so maybe darker, well-tailored jeans, paired with a dressier top and shoes, may be appropriate in some interview situations. But the statement that anything BUT jeans doesn’t fly in the tech industry is shocking to me.

Does a comment like this make you rethink your approach to interview attire? Or do you think it's specific to just the tech industry?

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JessRose JessRose 7 years
It's funny you have Jobs in the photo - you should link this with the geeksugar site too b/c waaaay back in the day (read early early 80's) when apple was really starting up in silicon valley - Jobs and Woz were the ones to start the whole "casual" dress code... I believe Jobs would also interview potential employees while not wearing shoes...
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
Jeans shouldn't be allow during an interview but after you're hired, if your job doesn't mind you leaving the dress pants at home a few days a week, then ok.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
This reminds me of something that goes on at my BF's work. He works for Electronic Arts, a video game studio. They've started this thing called Mad Men Mondays, where the guys come in dressed up in suits. It's hilarious because most people there look like they rolled out of bed, flip flops and t shirts year round. For them, wearing a suit to work is like Halloween
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
working in tech, online media (yahoo, google, etc) or creative/agency, nearly everyone wears jeans or is very casual. Honestly, it seems like an age thing. Youth rules the valley, and most people who are working and are 40 and above want to seem youthful, so they dress the part. Management might wear more expensive jeans, but they are still wearing jeans. And yes, people are suspicious of outsiders who come in wearing a suit to an interview. It's like Logan's Run, don't trust anyone (who dresses like they're) over 30. You're seen as antiquated and not current
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 7 years
Some professions like IT I can see that. Also theater. I went to an interview in a denim shirt and green tunic and got the job. They liked my turtle necklace and the story behind it. But really stable and mainstream jobs require the proper attire: suit, tie, etc.
mek123 mek123 7 years
I can't image that jeans would be acceptable interview attire even at a tech company. I consult at a tech company and very few people wear jeans on a regular basis.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Jeans are kind of a no-no in healthcare, so I'd never think of wearing them to an interview. I'd stick with a skirt or a sweater and dress pants. Maybe jeans would work in a more laid-back industry though.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
er, I work in IT and we wear jeans on a daily basis, but when someone shows up for an interview and they're not wearing a suit, it looks bad. One person did during the last rounds, we hired him anyway, but it didn't look good.
katie225 katie225 7 years
yup, the nerdy tech guy uniform: a polo tucked into straight leg jeans with white athletic shoes.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
job intereviews no matter where you intend on working should include dress pants. show a little respect. but for actual work, i could see wearing jeans daily in a tech or creative industry IF they are dark, tailored, trendy, and paired with nice, neat, and clean shoes and top and possibly blazer or sweater and jewellery...the guy in the picture, not so much
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