|As attire in the workplace has gone casual, the same trend is being mirrored in job interviews. Even the most conservative firms are realizing that if they want to attract talent in this tight labor market, they need to have dress code flexibility that would have been unthinkable a few years ago.|
If you are going for a job interview in a company that you know has casual dress standards, you do not need to wear a tie. In fact, one interviewee for a job in a firm with casual attire was half-jokingly told by the interviewer that the only question about his suitability for the job was the fact that he wore a tie to the interview. Of course, one has to wonder about the use of the word "suitability" in this situation.
This does not mean that your wardrobe should come from the cast of "Survivor." Try to get an idea of the attire being worn by the people in the department where you would be working, and come to the interview wearing something that one of the more conservative yet casual dressers would wear.
Although today's dress codes have little to do with dresses or codes, if you go to a job interview in a casual setting while sporting a tie, it's probably not going to hurt you, unless you've tied it too tight.