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The great news is that your resume/CV made an impression and you’ve landed an interview. The downside? You have absolutely no clue what to wear!
The first impression you give to your prospective employer will most definitely influence their final hiring decision. If you dress casually, you may unintentionally give the impression that you are not taking the interview seriously.
To stay safe, be formal (no matter what the regular dress code is at the job). For most interviews, a good quality suit is the appropriate attire. A three button suit will look good on almost anyone, while a two button will achieve a slightly taller/slimmer appearance.
If you are not suitably dressed, you could potentially divert attention from your necessary attributes indicating you are perfect for the job, to your clothing. Walk into the interview with a smart two piece suit, it will not only help you to feel confident, but it will give you an aura of professionalism.
These days, a wide range of mens suits are available at affordable prices. You do not need to splash out or have lots of money in order to look smart.
Always remember that at a job interview, you are marketing yourself. Everything you do is a reflection on the brand called ‘You’, don’t make the mistake of not looking your best.
A suit means business. It’s rare that anyone actually looks bad in a suit, unless it’s ill-fitting or aesthetically overpowering. Wearing a navy blue, black or dark grey suits are arguably the most appropriate for these situations. While black suits are generally thought of as the traditional choice, they can come across as a little bland. Blue and grey suits represent a different look and are thought to represent trustworthiness.
These colour rules are not hard and fast, however, If you do decide to wear a black two piece suit, break it up with splashes of colour with your shirt, pocket kerchief, or tie. These bits of colour can add little personality to your overall look.
Suit jackets should fit so that they can be easily buttoned without any significant tug marks across the fabric. The arms should be long enough so that about a ¼ inch of your dress shirt can be seen beyond the cuffs when your arms are relaxed by your side. If you have a “normal build” (a typical shoulders-to-waist ratio), then your ideal suit size is your chest size. If you have a “distinctive build,” then you will ideally you want to get measured by a tailor.
White shirts are the safest and most conservative, option. Cream, almond and pale-blue shirts are also acceptable. Point collars are recommended for an interview, but spread collars are fine as well. Avoid cotton-blend shirts, polyester shirts, or any shirts with a shiny finish such as rayon. Shirts should be 100% cotton.
Wear an appropriate silk necktie coordinating with the suit but don’t try matching the suit. You are not going for the Al Capone look.
For business, a gentleman’s silk tie should be equally balanced to reflect first the organization and then the personality of person wearing it. Neckties worn for interviews should not be loud, so stick with a traditional look.
Remember details, details, details! When you walk into an interview, you should always be clean and your suits should be pressed. Even the best suit won’t help if it isn’t clean and wrinkle-free. Take the time to carefully inspect your garment for dangling threads, tags, or missing buttons as well.
Preparing for an interview doesn’t have to be stressful. With the right men’s suits, you can impress and ensure a confident, successful interview to obtain the employment you have dreamed of.
write by Finn