The Bank of Yokohama (Yokohama City, Kanagawa) will ask new graduates to wear plain clothes instead of suits during the interview process, according to a Nihon Keizai Shimbun report. Bank officials say the idea is to help candidates feel relaxed and show more of their personality. The bank’s decision is based on its successful trial during its fiscal 2013 fall recruitment process.
In the past, the apparel industry and some venture companies implemented “plain clothes interviews” but no bank ever did it. The Bank of Yokohama’s policy might change students’ image of banks as being "serious" and "inflexible."
Source: Nihon no Jinjibu© Japan Today