When dressing for a job interview, fashion consultants from Esquire to Monster.com suggest erring on the conservative side, recommending men wear dark suits, clean and polished shoes, and a clean, neat appearance (yes, that means shaving off that week-old beard).
Men should choose a conservative, two-piece business suit for a job interview, with either a solid, dark blue or grey as the color of choice, according to collegegrad.com. A job candidate doesn't have to break the bank to purchase a good-looking suit. Suits off the rack are fine but, according to Esquire, make sure the arms and shoulders fit snug, and avoid the big shoulder pad look.
Shirt and Tie
For a job interview, keep the “Santa” tie or the tie sporting a favorite team’s logo in the closet. Esquire recommends a subdued pattern and color, a plain navy, for example would go well with a grey suit. Avoid slim ties since they can be construed as too trendy and, according to Esquire, keep a tie’s width at 3 1/2 inches. For a shirt, a conservative, white shirt works best, especially if choosing a grey or dark blue suit.
Overall appearance, from hair to shoes, in many cases is as important as what is written down on a resume. Collegegrad.com recommends wearing dark, polished shoes free of tears or scuff marks with dark socks. Fingernails should be trimmed, hair combed, beard or moustache either shaven or trimmed, and remove any visible body piercings and earrings. In addition, do not cram keys or coins in pant pockets and get rid of the gum, candy, or cigarettes before the interview.
Dress for the Interview
Dress in an interview should also reflect the job or industry, according to Monster.com. For example, if interviewing in a conservative industry such as finance or law, stick closely to the conservative attire such as a grey suit, white dress shirt, and dark tie and shoes. However, when interviewing at a company that is clearly less restrictive and values creativity, according to Monster.com, call ahead and find out what the company’s culture is all about. A job candidate doesn't want to come to the interview over-dressed when the company is looking for someone flamboyant and provocative but, at the same time, he doesn't want to assume anything based on the company’s reputation so make a call and get the scoop from someone in the know.
John Zaphyr is a marketing and sales manager with the Oncology Nursing Society. He has written professionally since1999 and also has editing credits with Friedlander Publishing Group. His articles have appeared in the "Pittsburgh Tribune Review." John earned a master's degree in English education from the University of Pittsburgh.