- Last Updated: 12:07 AM, June 4, 2012
- Posted: 12:07 AM, June 4, 2012
GO TO GREG
During a recent job interview the interviewer dropped the F bomb! I was shocked and turned off to the company, and am no longer interested in working for them. I didn’t say anything at the time, but do you think I should have? Or am I overreacting?
First, let me apologize — it just slipped out, and I promise it won’t happen again.
Listen, the question of if, when and how to add colorful language at work depends on so many flippin’ variables, including company culture, your relationship to those within earshot and context. (As you can see, I’m particularly good at this). But salty language should never be used during a job interview (by either party!). So I think you’re right to be surprised, but I wouldn’t abandon an opportunity just because of it.
I love the warm weather, but it presents an issue when it comes to office wear, especially on casual Fridays. How casual is it safe to get? I work in a law office.
Remember how cool Don Johnson looked on “Miami Vice”? Pastel-colored blazer, crew-neck T-shirt, matching slacks and loafers without socks? Don’t do that.
What passes for appropriate casual attire can vary from company to company, but there are a few rules. A good general guideline to keep in mind is that you’re still dressing for business — not the beach. So for starters, unless you’re working the register at Trader Joe’s, don’t even think about anything with a Hawaiian print. You can loosen your tie, but no one wants to see your chest hair, Fabio. And women: Let’s just say that you should call attention only to your cerebral assets and leave it at that.
Take some cues from your bosses to get a sense of your company’s casual culture. Grab a fashion magazine or go into a quality men’s clothing store or department and ask for help. Most have a business casual section where they can help you.
When in doubt, keep it classic. And if you even think of going sockless, we’re calling the fashion police on you.