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#48, you shouldn't be asking the friend, you should be asking the person you scheduled the interview with. Maybe the friend works in a different part of the office, or in a different position. Even if it is the same position, asking the person you set the interview with shows that you care enough to ask.
The problem with that is that "Business Casual" has many definitions. One of which does include wearing clean, nice, dark, jeans (no holes or anything) and a button down blouse. Never however does the definition of "Business Casual" include a suit. So either all the people in the suits were over dressed and the OP was actually closer to the actual dress code then they were or the dress code simply doesn't have the phrase "casual" anywhere in it. My guess is the dress code is simply business attire and not business casual attire
I avoided Google and just asked the management at a few offices in the area. Also my father who is vice president of his company. All of them said that dark blue or black jeans can be acceptable as long as they are paired with a nice button down. On the list of never acceptable was cargo pants, capri's, flip-flops, shorts, jorts, leggings, mini-skirts, yoga pants, M.C. hammer pants, and pajama pants. I can't get a consensus on Khaki's or those weird pants that are made to look like skirts if you keep your legs together.
No, not skorts. That's the skirt/short combination. Though those aren't acceptable as business casual either because they fall in the same category as Jorts, shorts, and mini skirts. I can't think of the name of them but there is a style of pants that they make in a silky material with wide legs that flow and swish . They are designed so that if you are standing with your legs together it looks like you are wearing an ankle length skirt. Once you start walking though it just looks like a really baggy legged stupid pair of pants. I only ever wore one pair and it was an emergency outfit purchase after realizing I lacked any black clothes for a funeral.
Sucks. In the future, always go for business professional. It's always better to be overdressed than underdressed. Oh, and never ask your friend for clothing advice. ;-)
I know you're being sarcastic MrConcise, but seriously people, dressing nicely for an interview is a must. It doesn't matter if it's for McDonalds or a prestigious lawfirm. I used to be a hiring manager at a Steak n Shake, and showing up in jeans for an interview was an almost guaranteed no.
#93 - You can't compare McDonalds to Steak 'n' Shake, it's an insult to the best burger chain in the nation. Wanna come to town and buy me a side-by-side milkshake? ;) #72 - Perhaps I wasn't clear enough if you thought I was negatively stereotyping. A Saudi Prince would be extremely wealthy with lots of flowing and expensive fabric that would be considered distracting in a work setting, but still very nice. If somebody dressed like that, they'd either be batshit crazy for thinking it was acceptable to wear to an interview, or actually be a Saudi Prince, who could just snuff you out if you denied his application.
#35, I have never asked what to wear top job interview, because I was taught in middle school, high school, job employment centers, career centers, and unemployment offices throughout the U.S to ALWAYS wear business professional clothes to an interview. It doesn't matter if friends/family work for the company, YOU ALWAYS wear business casual. You want to appear professional. When I interviewed for my first job at Burger King when I was 15, I wore dress pants and a dress shirt(no tie), and while waiting, noticed everyone else(about 5 other people) wore jeans and T-shirts, guess who got the job? That's right, I did, and the main reason? Because I appeared professional.
Even if the office has a casual dress policy, you should have worn a business suit for your interview.
YDI because... Who has ever watched an office show where people wear jeans ? ✌️
Well... There's a complete difference between "business casual" and normal casual. I.e. Business casual: a suit without the jacket. Normal casual: what you wore. Sorry OP! Just remember to double check in the future and always be prepared, and slacks can also work. Just not jeans. :/