Is this dress code a red flag?

Dresscode
New answer on Apr 30, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Mar 02, 2020

So during my interview, the dress code was heavily emphasized.

-No visible piercings or tattoos (no problem, don't have any).

-Dress code is business professional. I am expected to wear a tie everyday, and a suit when I meet clients. (I said I was okay with this).

-All (male) employees need short, conservative hair (I had long hair tied back but I said I would be willing to cut it)

Is this normal? I thought most places were going towards being business casual. Were they emphasizing the dress code to me because I am a recent graduate? Or this is a sign that I am going to be super micromanaged here?

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Anonymous replied on Apr 30, 2020

it's real, because their clients expecting that.

Relax and stay cool in the interview!

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Sidi
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replied on Mar 02, 2020
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Hi!

If they emphasize it in this way, then it is for real and it is something you have to consider and decide whether you want to work under these restrictions. Both decisions are okay - just be honest to yourself!

Cheers, Sidi

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Francesco
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replied on Mar 02, 2020
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Hi Anonymous,

they probably emphasized these points as they saw your dress code or attitude towards it was different from the standard of the company. I would not be particularly worried about the fact they mentioned so, so far that you are willing to adapt to that. Many consulting firms are still pretty conservative, so far that they work with conservative clients.

Best,

Francesco

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Clara
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replied on Mar 02, 2020
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Hello!

I would say it´s unusual, but if you have been told this is because they are strict with it...

Could you disclose the company name?

Cheers,

Clara

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Luca
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replied on Mar 02, 2020
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Hello,

Even if most of the times you will be asked to be "business casual", it's always good to be a bit more formal during the interview. Be a bit overdressed is always better than appear far from company's standard.
Anyway don't worry, unless you were not really exaggerating with your casual side, it won't be a red flag for your application process. Sometimes it's just a way used by the interviewer to put you under pressure and see your reaction.

Best,
Luca

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Nathaniel
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replied on Mar 02, 2020
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Hello there,

Could you clarify which sector does the company is moving in?
It really depends on this, for example, in startups, the dress code will be much more casual.
On other sector like investment bank or some consulting firms, it would be more restrictive, as they still need to project the 'ideal professional' look.

Although I said some here as some firms are becoming more flexible in this regards.

Hope it helps.

Kind regards,
Nathan

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