||Guide to Men's Interview Attire
I notice right away how someone is dressed when I
meet them. You know full well that that is the first thing
when you interview someone as well.
suits and shoes with worn down heels will make you
look worn out. Dress a notch
better than you
can afford to, and not only
will you make a better impression, but you’ll feel more confident at
time. Spending some money to look fantastic during your job
something that you must do if your closet is full of business casual
couple of ill-fitting suits that you last wore six years ago.
You need to
look like a $200,000 or $500,000 executive, not an Accountant, grade
You will only need two suits, two pairs of shoes, plus a few shirts and
have enough variety for multiple interviews at the same company.
cotton and silk when you
dress for an interview. Stay away from anything with any
plastic in it, and
your pen and your portfolio.
Here are some of the
basics on the types of clothes to
wool, and no polyester. This
should go without saying, but you should pass on any suit that even has
amount of polyester, such as a 3% blend. They never look as
good as solid
wool, and the wool blend suits are never made with top grade
are basically three types of suits: fused,
half-canvassed and full-canvassed. Fused suits are the least
and are glued rather than stitched in certain areas. A fully-
suit will move as you do, and looks less stiff.
Half-canvassed suits are
fused in the bottom and sewn in the top. Expect to pay $1000 or more
fully canvassed suit, unless you can find one on sale. You
get a better looking suit as you pay more. Hart Schaffner
Marx is a good
quality, basic, half-canvassed suit. Hickey Freeman suits are
fully-canvassed and a couple notches better. Brooks Brothers’
Fleece line, Oxxford and Canali are progressively better.
suits are particularly noticeable when they are
summerweight. Winter weight suits are inherently stiffer,
whether they are fully canvassed or not. I think that
look better, but don’t wear one in the summer or you won’t look
enough (you’ll also look too hot). You can wear a
summerweight suit any
pay attention to the wool. I bought some
stylish suits on sale that were made from cheap material a number of
before I knew any better, and they looked ratty fast. If you
super 100s wool or better, you’ll look sleek and the suit will feel
you need depends on the level of the position you’re
seeking and your industry. Go to the higher end if you’re in
services or law.
is most important! An expensive suit that fits
poorly is far worse than a $300 suit that fits well. You can
make a suit
look almost custom tailored by having a tailor make a cut here and
usually this will cost you less than $100 a suit.
Shirts. Once again, nothing with any
We all know that cotton shirts wrinkle, but polyester blends always
cheap. Make sure they're ironed and starched, and consider
some of the
higher end all cotton non-iron shirts that are on the market
non-iron shirts still need a touch of ironing, but they wrinkle less
Your tie needs to be 100% silk, of course,
but there are plenty of $10 and $20 ties you can find on the sale rack
100% silk. The cheap silk ties are thin and often get runs,
something with some heft to it.
Shoes. You should have two pairs of leather
shoes with leather soles – lace-ups, not loafers. A black
pair and a
Cordovan pair will match any suit you have. I wear Allen
look good, last forever, and are much more comfortable than most
Once again, leather, and it should match your
shoes and complement your suit, shirt and tie.
Socks need to match your pants, not your
shoes. If they match your shoes, your legs will look short.
- all leather. Someone once told me that
a consultant is someone who comes from 1000 miles away and carries a
briefcase. You are probably not interviewing to be a
consultant, but you
want to come across as someone who is just as believable as consultants
supposed to be. A leather briefcase may not be as popular and
is not as
easy to find as it once was, but you will make a better impression if
in with a high-quality briefcase. The best leather briefcases
seem to look better as they age. Korchmar, Atlas, Schlesinger and
make beautiful, all leather briefcases.
Leave your digital watch at home. Make
sure you have a nice looking gold- or silver-colored watch with a
watchband. Simple, unpretentious and classic is best here.
Carry a simple Cross pen – no plastic
Bien: Always keep an extra shirt, tie
and t-shirt in your car, in case you spill something or your car gets
steamy (and you look like wet laundry) because you got hung
traffic. If you have to change to look good, do so.
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