REASON: Onsite interviews are stressful enough without worrying about what to wear. Giving candidates clear direction (with plenty of time) on the dress code not only reduces this stress, but also avoids needless challenges like last minute shopping (which is especially impactful for those who cannot easily afford to over-purchase attire). The dress codes should be easy to understand with examples (because ‘business casual’ is up for interpretation) and should be gender neutral or gender inclusive (i.e. give a variety of examples that cover different preferences). Bonus tip: Don’t evaluate candidates on the brand, quality, or style of clothing unless personal style preferences and socio-economic status are MUST have requirements for the job.
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