What to Wear to Pre Interview Dinner for Ladies?
So there are threads about this for guys, but what should a female wear to a pre-interview dinner? It's allegedly "informal" but the restaurant pick indicates a smart-casual dress code. Is a skirt-suit fine? Or is that too formal? Probably overthinking this, but input would be appreciated.
Not sure if this should go in the Business Attire or Get a Job forum, but since it's in an interview specific context, went with the latter.
What to Wear to an Interview Dinner for Women?
When attending a pre-interview dinner, women should plan to wear something that could be worn in both business casual and business professional environments. A skirt or pant suit option or a dress with a blazer. Conservative heels and jewelry are also appropriate.
See an example below:
It is better to be a bit overdressed so unless the dinner is described as "casual", plan to wear a suit. Make sure that what you are wearing under the suit jacket can be worn on its own so that you can take off the blazer if you feel over-dressed.
I would go with the skirt-suit option. Marginally overdressed is always acceptable, and more so than under-dressed.
If its banking, always skirt suit with leather heels. If not banking/less formal industry than skirt and tucked in blouse. If blouse is sleeveless bring a cardigan. Again, leather heels. Simple purse, simple hair, simple makeup. Easy.
For any female reading this and wondering, ALWAYS wear a suit to a pre-interview night dinner. I had one of these, and they specified business professional attire. If you come in anything less, you risk feeling underdressed.
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