The days of wearing a brand new suit and a freshly starched white shirt, with a wide tie and an eager smile are over. The corporate culture across the globe has changed drastically. You still have conservative bastions of tradition in financial centers such as New York, London, and Hong Kong. Some industries such as banking, law, and insurance are more likely to stick to tradition as well. With all of that said, the tech boom of the last 30 years, coupled with a focus on working comfortably rather than formally has had a profound impact on how we dress on a daily basis. More and more people work from home, at least part of the time, and the fact that many prospective buyers don’t dress as formally has changed how sellers dress.
All of these factors can make the first day on the job intimidating for a new hire. Go in overdressed, and you rest being labelled as a stuck up kiss-ass. Don’t dress formally enough and you could come across as a lazy slob. It’s really important to nail the first day, and luckily we have you covered.
The key is research. Luckily, it won’t take you long, but the effort is well worth it. There are a few places to try:
Company website - many websites will have pictures of employees on their first days, company events, interviews with current employees, etc. Take a look on the site to see if you can find anything of use. Another place to check is the company social media sites. Facebook has emerged as a place for employers to highlight their company culture, with the hopes of attracting new talent.
Talk to existing employees - this is kind of a no brainer. If you know somebody at the company, ask them.
Recruiter or Hiring Manager - most people have dealt with a recruiter, HR rep, or their hiring manager. This is probably the best person to ask for advice.
If all else fails, men can wear a white or blue shirt with a tie that has a splash of color. Bring a sportcoat that you can either take on or keep off, but will still work with the rest of the ensemble. Ladies can do the same, minus the tie.