While there are agencies and recruiters working to find the most suitable position for you, it isn’t a guarantee that you will land that job where you have been presented.
Just like any regular consumer wanting to buy something, employers would want to check the quality of the candidate presented to him. In this case, you would imagine an interview is set to take place. Needless to say, this is when you create that infamous “first impression” with your next potential employer. When this happens, trust me when I say everything will be in play and I mean everything – from the time you shake hands with the interviewer to the time you walk out of the room.
In the next few weeks, we will provide you with basic yet most commonly ignored do’s and don’ts during an Interview.
Interview Outfits for Men: What to Wear for an Interview
There’s no denying that it can be difficult to assemble an interview ensemble. Your interview attire, however, shouldn’t be disregarded. After all, first impressions are key, and it’s imperative to make a great first impression on your potential employer. A huge part of making a good first impression is dressing for success.
Don’t worry – you don’t have to spend a lot of money or pour through fashion magazines to figure out what to wear to your interview. Fortunately, men’s fashion is relatively straightforward. Using a few basic pieces, it’s easy to put together an outfit that is stylish, professional and tasteful.
Browse through this selection of interview outfits for men to get an idea of what to wear to your next interview.
• Work with Colors and Layers
When you finally land that interview, you may not know the company’s dress code prior to your arrival. While interviews at startup companies or for non-professional jobs signify a more casual look, if you’re interviewing for a professional position, it’s important that you stick with a formal look. Of course, even within the “business formal” category, there’s a huge range of different dress codes. A formal look like this one is professional, but doesn’t look “stuffy” or uptight, making it a good choice for all types of interviews.
A well-fitting grey blazer or sportscoat works in both a business formal and business casual environment. Dressed up with a colorful button down and tie, and layered with a cardigan, the look is modern and stylish but still work-place appropriate.
• Khaki Blazer and Pants
Not sure if the company you’re interviewing at requires a business casual, or business formal type of dress? Find the middle ground with a khaki blazer and coordinating pants.
A khaki blazer is less harsh than a black or grey suit coat. It’s a great piece because it straddles the boundary between business casual and business formal. Worn without a tie, it’s a solid option for when you aren’t quite sure of the dress code.
• A Sweater and Button Down
Layer a sweater with a button down for the most dependable business casual look. A navy sweater is a good choice, as it matches many different shirt colors, including white, light blue, pink, yellow, or the green button down shirt here. Pair the layered top with khakis, grey chinos or even dark wash jeans (in a less formal environment, such as at a startup company) for an easy interview outfit.
• Navy Blue Blazer
A pinstripe navy blue blazer is a breath of fresh air from the typical black suit coat, and is definitely a great addition to your interviewing wardrobe. A navy-blue blazer can be worn with a tie, or without, depending on the dress code. It matches numerous shirt colors and can be worn with khakis, chinos or grey slacks.
Essentially, there’s a lot of flexibility packed into this one item, so you’ll get a lot of mileage out of it. Navy blue blazers add a touch of class for a look that is timeless, yet always professional.
• Statement Ties
Ties don’t have to be boring. Although you should avoid anything too flashy, such as “novelty” ties with bizarre prints, don’t be afraid to experiment with unexpected colors – like the burgundy ties here, for example.
A “statement” tie like one of these works well with a button-down sans blazer, which can be a good choice in a dressier business casual environment.
• Bold Button Downs
Coordinate your tie with an interesting button down for a look that is sophisticated and stylish. Use tact when choosing your button down, though. In a strict formal dress code, stick to classic colors with subdued prints, like a blue stripe, for example. You have some more flexibility in a more casual environment, especially considering bold button downs don’t need a tie to dress them up.
Ultimately, don’t be afraid to experiment. Figure out what works for you, but make sure the shirt complements your look without overshadowing your personality.
• Modern Business Formal
Are you interviewing at a company with a business formal dress code, but you’re tired of the same-old black suit, white shirt and basic tie?
Fortunately, if you use discretion in coordinating your outfit, your business formal suit doesn’t have to be stagnant and boring. Work with colors that are modest but still eye-catching, like this light-blue tie that matches a checkered shirt. It adds a touch of urban sophistication without sacrificing professionalism. Finally, a grey suit coat and pants still lends to a formal look, yet is more modern than the dreary black suit.
• Adding Texture
Adding texture to your outfit lends an instant sense of class, sophistication and style to an otherwise ordinary ensemble.
A textured blazer, like the corduroy one here, dresses up a button down and slacks without looking stuffy or uptight. A tweed blazer accomplishes the same thing. Pair the blazer with a tie for a more formal environment, or lose the tie for a look that is relaxed but professional.
• Back to Basics
A pristine white button down, grey slacks and coordinating tie is a staple ensemble that works in nearly any office environment. It’s also an easy look to throw together. Basically, all you have to do is choose a tie, and you’re ready to go. With the rest of the outfit so simple, you have some leeway to choose a patterned tie, which will stand as the centerpiece of the outfit.
Because it’s a simple look, though, it’s important to make sure that each piece of your outfit is in good condition, and fits well. Make sure your button down is wrinkle-free (and clean!) and take the extra effort to ensure that your slacks are pressed and pleated.
What’s next?: “Interview Outfits for Women”
Credits to the Author: Alison Doyle