Is it ever okay to wear jeans to an interview?

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  • May 30th, 2006 9:19 pm
Oct 18, 2005
429 posts
Vancouver, BC

Is it ever okay to wear jeans to an interview?

i'm just going in for a QA (tester) position at EA, where it's pretty much a street casual dress place.

i'm not talking about ripped up constructions jeans or anything. I'm planning on just wearing my clean navy Banana Republic jeans with a clean t-shirt and nice jacket.

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Aug 23, 2003
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better to bust out the suit
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Apr 24, 2006
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Think of it this way. You're the manager, you can only hire 1 person no matter what, you have 2 applicants that are absolutely perfect, but you can only pick 1. Do you pick the person that was wearing jeans or the one that wore a shirt and tie?

You can never go wrong with a shirt and tie, I'm not saying that what you suggest would not be nice looking, but you definitly want to appear as best as you can look.
Sep 24, 2005
235 posts
Stick with dress pants to be on the safe side but if you see those future co-workers wearing casual clothes then you'll know its all casual after that....
when i went to this interview for AC which I thought was a big event...I saw numerous people wearing party clothes, flip flops, jeans was unbelievable! !!! they sure left an impression.
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Jan 13, 2006
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never wear jeans to an interview. they think that you are not serious enough.

If this is a full time job, wear dress pants and a dress shirt without tie to the interiew.
Even though you know the dress code already, its not good to wear jeans. lol

Appearance does matter for an interview!!
Jan 24, 2004
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Ottawa, Ontario
You're there to make a good impression. Showing up in jeans gives the interviewer the impression that you aren't serious about this position.

They'll tell you after what the appropriate dress code is even though you already know.
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Apr 19, 2005
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It's always better to overdress for an interview.

The most casual you would want to go is khakis, and even that might be pushing it.
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No way, stick with dress pants and a nice shirt.

I was at a Costco interview recently and a TON of people were in shorts, t-shirts, and what not. It boggled the mind.

I was one of the few who was dressed in the appropriate attire...

And I got the job. So when in doubt, bust em out.
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Nov 21, 2003
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Even if was "okay," why aim for the lowest standard?
Just wear a suit.
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Jul 24, 2005
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well at least it's better than sweats
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Apr 10, 2006
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You're better off wearing a nice shirt w tie, and dress pants. You have one chance to make a good first impression, there may not be a second.
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Jan 16, 2003
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There are exceptions to the rule. In the dotcom haydays, companies go out of their way trying to be "casual" in their work environment and do not want "suits". Read the FAQ section of the Career section of the company's website; it might outline the attire for the interview, if it specifically said that you come in in jeans, then by all means do it. However, if nothing is mentioned, dress shirt and pants with a decent tie are your essential interview attire.
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Apr 30, 2003
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Unless you're a tall, leggy female model going for a fashion job interview, no its not ok to wear jeans to an interview. Better to overshoot than undershoot, if you want that job.
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Jun 9, 2003
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this question is's never ok to wear jeans for an interview for a white collar position

it's hard enough just to get an interview, why blow it contemplating wearing jeans or not.