Men's Tips on Dressing for the Job Interview
Gilchrist is the author and owner of Ask Andy About
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The interview is,
without a doubt, the time to make the
very best possible impression you can make. This is
that calls for a serious business outfit. You, of course,
want to be
perceived as serious
about the job, the company and the work you will be
doing. You may be applying for a casual dress job, but the
interview is always
You will be trying to
convince the person interviewing
you that - with your serious, conservative clothing - you are
the type of
person who will fit in at the company, will not rock the boat,
unnecessary attention to yourself (team player). That’s the
conservative clothes and a reason to avoid fashion
is an expression of your respect and consideration for the
Candidates who ignore
the importance of dressing to
impress cannot be serious about the job in the minds of most
Interviewers expect interviewees to look a certain way,
them at first sight is the kiss of death. You will need to
to a stranger who is making an important evaluation of you within 30
meeting you. And since 90% of you is covered by
those tattoos!) the clothing choices you make can have a significant
but can be used to your advantage.
Most recruiters or
personnel executives realize if you’re
just starting your career you are on a limited clothing budget, but
expect clean, appropriate clothing that fits with the style of the
where you are interviewing.
In this competitive
age, average doesn’t get you
anywhere. To be successful you have to look the
part. Don’t kid
yourself that having a good degree, innovative ideas, enthusiasm,
and a great personality doesn’t mean that an appropriate
appearance is of
secondary importance. If you did not have the first qualities
not have been invited to interview with the rest of the candidates.
Tip For the Future:
After you get the job, dress
for the position several levels higher (dress like your boss’s
you want a promotion you must look like you deserve it and can fit into
Some Specifics on What To Wear:
Wear a suit
(it’s more serious than a sport coat).
colors are Navy or Charcoal Gray Single Breasted suit.
Black vs. Navy. For men, black is not usually
considered appropriate for business (social, funerals -
is the dominate power color. Recently this has been
challenged by female
executives wearing black since black is such a powerful color.
your suit when you enter the interview
office. You may unbutton it when you sit
down. Button it back up
when you stand to leave. Always leave the bottom button
shirt with a straight point collar. Only long
sleeve please. Never wear a short sleeve shirt with a
a rule that in serious business dress you
wear a minimum of one pattern and two solids. (the
elements are your suit,
shirt and tie). Men look great in tuxedos which are all
the recommendation for interviewing is a solid color suit and shirt and
patterned tie. Loud shirts or ties will detract
character and bearing.
- Best choices are solid, stripes, or
small patterns a an excellent color is burgundy or another serious
pink or yellow). Even pattern ties should be
limited to a maximum
of three colors. Small patterns in a tie are associated with
middle class and that is usually the group to which your interviewer
Repp ties (stripes) are acceptable to pretty much everyone.
expensive “hip” ties for your try at glamorous creative jobs.
You can wear the same
suit for subsequent interviews if
you change the tie The tie should be long enough to reach
buckle, and don't forget the all-important dimple! (the indentation
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