What is the common clothing for a job interview in Australia (as an engineer or technician)?

A friend of mine says that you rarely see a man in formal suit in Sydney streets (including any of the software companies for which he's been invited to interview).

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    Possibly depends on the kind of job ? Maybe you should precise.
    – audionuma
    May 24, 2016 at 9:50
  • @audionuma Software development. May 24, 2016 at 10:05
  • As for the not seeing people in suits - surely it depends on which streets? Typical attire at Bondi Beach is unlikely to match that in the CBD!
    – Gagravarr
    May 24, 2016 at 12:35
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    I know people in your field who have to wear a full suit every day (in Sydney). I would assume you'd need a suit for an interview. May 24, 2016 at 18:18

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You should always assume formal unless you have been advised otherwise. It's generally ok to end up a little overdressed, but it's not ok to end up underdressed.

However, software companies can vary. It is going to depend greatly on the culture of the company.

If you can, do some research on the culture before the interview. Is there a "team" page on their website? How are the employees dressed? Is there a certain larrikin'ism evident in any of them? Or, can you find any team shots of them at work or play on the company's social media sites?

This will give you some sort of insight into what it's like to work there, how they dress, and accordingly how you might be able to dress for the interview. I must stress: don't wear a t-shirt just because one person has in a photo; you want to always lean to the safe side.

As an anecdote, I once went for an interview where I wore a collared shirt and dress shoes - but with jeans (nice ones!) It's kinda like the hipster way of dressing nicely. I only did it because I knew the company was laid back, and the boss actually commented that he appreciated I wasn't in a suit. Suits can portray an air of unfamiliarity, potential cultural mismatch and a lack of research - if the company culture is a laid back one.


Based on my australian experience, a formal suit is the best choice unless stated otherwise in an interview invitation.

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    Outside buttoned-up industries like banking and consulting, a suit and tie would be overdressing for an IT interview in Sydney. A collared shirt and slacks would be perfectly fine virtually everywhere. Jun 7, 2016 at 5:45

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