You’ve spent weeks sending out your latest job resume, looking for a new role to either progress your career or take you onto the next rung of the salary ladder. Congratulations, looks like you’ve landed yourself that all-important job interview! Now all you have to do is wow your future employer with your relevant skills, industry expertise, powerfully engaging and charismatic personality, and of course, how well presented and turned out you are for the occasion! There you thought the application process was the hard part.
What Are The Best Job Interview Outfits To Wear?
So the next question is how to dress for a job interview? Do any of your wardrobe items still fit you, and are they even clean, or do you need to perform an emergency dash to either the nearest shopping mall or dry cleaners?
Well, in part, the proper job interview attire you end up wearing is going to depend upon the type of employment you have applied for. A young and dynamic business start-up might cut you a bit more slack than a traditional blue-chip employer when it comes to their expectations of appropriate job interview attire.
Men’s Business casual attire
The key then is to dress appropriately for the employment position you’re seeking. You want to dress in what is best described as “men’s business casual attire.” By that, we mean there’s no need to wear a three-piece suit, which would be altogether too formal for a first interview. Instead, you might opt for a stylish pair of dress pants, a nice plain, conventional wrinkle free dress shirt, along with a decent pair of nicely polished men’s dress shoes in black or brown depending upon the rest of your outfit. Shoes make all the difference when finishing off your overall look, so make sure they’re clean, and you’ve given them a good polish and removed any scuff marks before you head into any interview situation. Footwear is an essential part of your outfit and shouldn’t ever be treated as just a final afterthought.
Remember that first impressions are important
Give some proper consideration as to what to wear to impress for a job interview. Don’t just throw something together on the morning of your interview. First impressions matter, so you’ll want to make the best possible one to your potential new employer, so make sure that you’re properly dressed for success.
Don’t blow the budget
There’s no need to go overboard, spending your already imagined full next month’s salary on something new and achingly hip either. This isn’t a fashion show; it’s an interview, so your outfit should be intelligently thought out and pulled together in a tasteful and professional way. That said, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t reflect your personality either, but steer clear of wacky colored ties and the cartoon character socks your aunt gave you last Christmas. They might well make an impression, but it won’t be the one you’re looking for.
Consider color combinations
Think about the colors you wear and combine too, and go for classic and contemporary ones like navy blue, charcoal grey, a classic black or maybe even a nice taupe men’s dress pant teamed with a clean and stylish men’s white dress shirt. This is a simple but very smart and polished overall look that will, at the same time, be impressive without being overwhelming.
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If you’re unsure whether the company you’re interviewing for prefers a more casual or formal look, then a great compromise is a Sports Blazer with a pair of coordinated pants. Worn without the formality of a tie, but again, with a brilliant well-polished pair of men’s leather dress shoes, this is an excellent look for any interview situation. Don’t ever think that you can get away with wearing running shoes to a job interview, please.
If you’re confident that a more casual look is going to be entirely appropriate, then a simple wool V or round neck sweater over a button down shirt is a great interview outfit along with perhaps a pair of more relaxed style men’s chino pants.
If you’re interviewing at a tech or marketing savvy start-up you might even be so bold as to wear a pair of smart, dark wash jeans but be absolutely sure first that this look will be appropriate as you certainly don’t want to ruin your chances of a new career because of the pants you were wearing!
What about a classic men’s blazer?
If you do need to invest in a new piece to upgrade and complement your current interview look, then a great investment would be a navy blue men’s blazer. This is such a classically cool and versatile piece of statement clothing that quite frankly, every self-respecting man should own, regardless of how fashion savvy they might be. Navy blue is a great base color as it goes well with many other options and can be worn just as easily with dress pants as it can with more casual slacks, a pair of chinos, or even your denims. You will get years of wear from a blazer.
Should you wear a tie?
When it comes down to ties, that’s entirely up to you and depends upon how comfortable you feel wearing one. You might feel that a tie gives you that extra critical “edge” and helps you up your job interview game. In which case, go ahead and wear one. Don’t be afraid to go for a bold statement option either, just no kid’s TV characters.
Keep your dress shirt classic
Options for shirts are again varied and a matter of personal taste. While you can’t go wrong with a simple men’s white dress shirt, if the interview does allow for you to be a bit more business casual, then express your personality with a bold colored shirt that gives you confidence and charisma. Just make sure that you’re the one that’s doing the talking and not your clothes.
Don’t be afraid to play around with different fabrics and textures. A men’s tweed blazer is a smart option or perhaps even a corduroy one too. It doesn’t always have to be wool or a nylon blend.
The rules for interviewing are pretty simple. Look the part, so that you can act the part. Bring your confidence along with your A-game and always make sure that your dress shoes are well polished, your dress shirt is ironed, and your pants are freshly dry cleaned or laundered. Those top tips on how to dress for an upcoming job interview should have you well on your way to landing that coveted position. The rest is up to you and how perfect of a fit you are. So good luck and remember to always dress for the career position you’re interviewing for.