We have a very special surprise for you this week. We asked four interns what they wore to their interviews with Bayer and whether they have noticed any particular dress code during their internships. You can find the exclusive answers from Kala, Johanna, Phuong and Louisa in a four-part series on our career blog.
Department: Process Modeling & Design
Your department’s function:
The department works throughout Bayer on developing and optimizing end-to-end processes for manufacturing chemical and biotechnological active ingredients and for the area of formulation and packaging plants.
Why did you decide not to wear a suit to your interview?
Usually you can’t go wrong wearing a suit. In many cases, however, it isn’t necessary. Outside of certain departments you can get away with dressing business casual for an interview at Bayer.
What do you consider to be business casual?
You look business-like, but add elements from your wardrobe that are more informal. For example, you might wear a jacket and shirt with a pair of chinos.
What did you focus on when you chose your clothes?
First I made sure that my clothes were clean and didn’t have any holes – this saves any embarrassments. The cuffs of my shirt reach one centimeter beyond the arm of my jacket, and my shirt is tucked into my trousers. My belt and shoes are the same color and material – that’s not essential, but it gives the outfit a more harmonious look.
What finishing touches did you put on your outfit?
Potential accessories such as a handkerchief in the breast pocket and a leather bag. I wouldn’t go for the traditional silk tie in this context, though.
Thank you! One last tip?
I also feel that the most important thing on a stressful day like that is to feel 100 percent comfortable and not to dress up as something I’m not :-)!
A well-fitting pair of chinos.
This post is also available in: German