The advice to men preparing to interview was to wear a dark suit, white long sleeved shirt, and power tie with dark shoes. I am not sure this is still completely true but it certainly is the safest way to dress for an interview.
Hiring managers make their first and often final decision about a candidate subconsciously in the first few seconds of meeting you. The way you dress is one of the first things a hiring manager will notice. Here are some general guidelines:
- Wear business clothes every time you go to a business meeting, whether it is an interview or not. You never know where a single meeting will take you.
- Show yourself at your best advantage every time you leave your house
- Wear neat, clean, conservatively stylish, well-fitting clothes
- SHINE YOUR SHOES
- Carry a briefcase or portfolio with notes and an extra copy of your resume or two
- Get a good haircut with grey covered up if it makes you feel more confident
- Glasses clean and in good repair, preferably in a modern or classic style
There are certain exceptions for very creative jobs. Young people have a little more style latitude. In general though, you can’t go wrong with a conservative suit.
Here are some specific tips for me:
- A dark suit or sport coat with nice pants
- White, long sleeve button front business shirt. Don’t wear a short sleeve shirt. It doesn’t look professional at all.
- A good tie, preferably silk, in a dark color like blue or red with limited pattern. This is actually a flexible point. Some men like to express their personality with a tie. Just make sure your personality is a little more generic because you don’t know who you will be meeting.
- Dark leather shoes, either the kind that tie or slip on. This is not the time or place for athletic shoes.
- Clean shaven or neatly trimmed facial hair.
- Limited aftershave or cologne. You don’t know if the people you meet will be sensitive to smells.
- Neatly clipped fingernails.
- Limited jewelry.
Before you begin interviewing, double check to be sure your wardrobe does you justice. Get a second opinion if you are not sure. The important point is to dress in a way that reflects positively on what you bring to the table.
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