Interview Attire Guidelines for Men | Samuel James Watches
Posted on August 10 2018
The first impression that you make on a potential employer is incredibly important. One of the first things they will notice about you is how you’re dressed and you want to ensure that you are dressed appropriately and thoughtfully. The way you dress will communicate your level of professionalism, drive, and level of seriousness about the role you’re interviewing for.
Regardless of the work environment, you want to put your best foot forward with your outfit choices and worry about how you can show off your personality through your clothing once you get the job. With that being said, here are some general guidelines for men’s interview attire so that you can make the best first impression and dress for success.
Perhaps one of the most common dress codes, and also one of the safest in preparation for your interview, is business casual. While there isn’t a clear, standard definition for what constitutes as business casual, you can never go wrong with pairing dress slacks, trousers, or chinos, a button up shirt with or without a tie, a tailored blazer, dark socks, and dress shoes. Accessorize with a nice watch and belt for a nice and tidy appearance.
You want to make sure that the pieces you choose to wear are clean, pressed, ironed, and properly fitting. The last thing you want to do is look like you rolled out of bed. The idea behind “business casual” is to maintain a professional, business-like image while dressing more casually and relaxed, which is just a step down from “business formal”.
Dressing for a business formal look is highly dependent on your work environment and the role in which you’re interviewing for. You can never go wrong with a sharp-looking suit that is clean, well-fitted and tailored. Go for neutral colours such as black, brown, grey, and navy blue and pair it with a tie that matches your shirt and suit. You can accessorize the suit with a watch, belt, tie clip, and cufflinks.
A white dress shirt is a good option as it can be paired with suits of any colour. If you’re tired of the look of a white shirt and basic tie, wear a button down that is colour coordinated with the suit. Your socks should be black and neat, and polish your dress shoes to tie the whole look together.
Additional Things to Consider
Once you have chosen your outfit, take care of your hygiene by making sure your hairstyle is neat and professional, that you are shaven or freshly trimmed, and that you are light with your cologne and aftershave on the day of your interview. Make sure to carry a breath mint with you and trim your nails!
The best thing to remember is to wear something that you feel your best in. When you do this, you’ll transmit confidence and a positive attitude, which will translate into a great interview and truly make a great impression on your potential employer. Good Luck!