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“First impressions counts”, “Your not going to get a second chance at it”

these are the dreaded comments we get from our friends love ones or career advisor while preparing to go for that all important job interview. Knowing what to wear on a job interview is half the battle of the interview itself.

When you’re going on a job interview, your appearance is extremely important. Whether or not you look professional or sloppy could play a huge role on if you get hired.

man wearing black coat standing near brown kitchen counter

I’ve heard and seen in my job so many tips and advise on what you should or should not wear when going on an interview here are a few. which ones would you adhered to and which one would you just walk away from?

 

Take a look at the video from Alex Costa below as he shares with Rachael Academy how to get ready for your next interview.

The general dress code guidelines for men during an interview are that they wear suits in navy blue or dark blue.  This is preferred over gray or charcoal gray. Sometimes brown can be acceptable but not on the first interview.

men's black notched lapel suit jacket

Usually, the darker the suit, the more authority it carries. But beware; a man should never wear black to an interview unless he is applying as an undertaker.  A two piece suit is acceptable as is a three button single breasted jacket.  What matters most is that the suit fits well and it is good quality.  The trousers should fit comfortably at the waist and a slimmer fit is preferred.  There should only be a slight break where the trouser hits the shoe.  If your ankles are showing, they are way too short.

person wearing white dress shirt

A man at an interview should always wear a long sleeved shirt either in white, cream or pale blue.  Monograms are not a good decision on the first interview.  If you tend to perspire often, cotton shirts are the way to go professionally cleaned and starched.  The higher the cotton content, the better the shirt will look.  Make sure your shirt fits the neck properly and that the sleeve cuff ends just at the wrist.  All your interview clothes should be professionally cleaned and pressed and ready to go.

gray necktie and brown button-up vest

Ties that are cheap looking do not give off a good first impression.  A pure silk tie makes the most powerful professional impact, has the best finish and feel, and is easiest to tie well.  The tie should complement your suit, not match it.  No outlandish, flamboyant ties are necessary.  The length of the tie should be extended to your trouser belt.

pair of brown leather boots beside bet

Shoes should be brown or black leather.  No other materials or colors are acceptable.  Socks should complement the suit, blue, black, gray, or brown.  A briefcase is a symbol of authority, which makes a strong professional statement.  Brown or burgundy are the colors of choice.

pair of brown leather boots, red shorts, brown leather belt, round gold-colored watch, and brown top

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1. Check out the company culture

When first deciding what to wear on a job interview, you should first take into consideration the culture of the company you are interviewing with, and dress accordingly. Are you interviewing with a company where the employees wear suits everyday or do they wear t-shirts and jeans?

man sitting on concrete while holding soda can

Personally for me: The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one. The first judgement an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That’s why, in many cases, it is still important to dress professionally for a job interview, regardless of the work environment.

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2. Nothing too fancy, nothing to casual

A suit is not always the best choice for what to wear on a job interview. If you show up wearing a suit and tie and all the employees are wearing shorts and flip-flops, you will look out of place, feel uncomfortable and give off the wrong energy. The same is true of the opposite. If you show up wearing shorts and flip-flops to a company that wears professional attire, you will be just confirming that you don’t fit into the company.

man sitting on bench near table

Me personally: You’ll want that first impression to be not just a good one, but, a great one. In general, the candidate dressed in a suit and tie is going to make a much better impression than the candidate dressed in scruffy jeans and a t-shirt.

 

How to Dress for a Professional Interview

Men’s Interview Attire

  • Suit (solid color – navy or dark grey)
  • Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)
  • Belt
  • Tie
  • Dark socks, conservative leather shoes
  • Little or no jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Limit the aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

 

Here are examples of interview clothes for men:

person wearing brown coat while putting hands on packet

man leaning on gray wall

men's gray and black dress shirt

As with women, men’s jewelry should be kept to a minimum.  No visible body piercing or tattoos -if you can help it.

 

This clean cut, well manicured image says a lot about a professional man.  He should smell wonderful, have a nicely trimmed hair cut and appear clean and crisp.  Good luck.

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