For an upcoming interview, the VP of HR wrote to me in her scheduling e-mail (direct quote including punctuation and capitalization):
"We are business casual, and on Fridays allow jeans - so DO NOT feel compelled to wear a suit!"
What would you wear? Advice please.
A bit more background:
This is a final round of interviews for a VP role with a mid-sized company (~$500M) in the south central part of the U.S. This firm is in industrial & electronic components, not finance, law, or any of what I would call a formal industry. I will be meeting with the president of the company and his entire team of VPs. The interview will include lunch off-site and several hours of meetings with the entire team.
I'm in my late 30's and very comfortable in my own skin. A VP role would be a pretty significant step up for me. My gut is telling me to wear a suit but no tie. I think if I got any strange looks or questions over it, I could answer by saying, "I just couldn't imagine not wearing a suit to a meeting that is as important to me as this is, but at the same time I wanted to embrace the culture of CompanyX and so on VPofHR's advice I chose to tone down the formality just a bit."
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