It looks like casual Fridays might be one casualty of the current recession – especially when it comes to the IT department which has long harbored preferences for sandals, T-shirts and jeans.  These days, if job seekers are lucky enough to land an in-person interview, they’ll want to look their best. That’s the attitude revealed in a CIO (chief information officer) survey released by Robert Half Technology.

Survey results indicate that these hiring managers prefer to see candidates wearing the following interview attire:

  • Business suit 35%
  • Khakis and collars 26%
  • Tailored separates 24%

There’s no better time for your apparel clients to market proper interview attire. The long sales slide in suits and other dressy apparel could be reversed if job seekers start shopping for the items that will help them look like the perfect employee.

[Source: Robert Half Technology release, 12.22. 2008]