How to Dress for a Job Interview
Choosing the right outfit to wear for an interview can be just as stressful as landing the interview itself and as first impressions usually stick, knowing what to wear can make all the difference when first meeting future employers.
Statistics have shown that 55% of first impressions are made on the clothes you wear and how you walk through the door. On top of that, 65% of hiring managers have revealed that the way you dress can be a deciding factor between two similar candidates.
Whether you are looking for a formal business ensemble or a more casual interview outfit, it is imperative to get it right in order to give yourself the best chance of landing that job.
To make the next step as smooth as possible we have compiled an essential guide to dressing for an interview for men.
Interview Attire for Men
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘dress for the job you want’ and although it is a bit of a cliché, it still rings true for many career advisors. We’re not implying that you show up for your next interview dressed as batman, because let’s face it, we’d all love that job. However, we are suggesting that you step up to the plate and dress for the position you have applied for.
You have this one opportunity to express who you are and show your potential employer that you understand the company’s culture and that you would be a good addition to the team. Remember, they are sizing you up as soon as you walk through the door so, ensure you look smart and presentable and as thought you’ve made an effort.
Job Interview Dress Code
Doing a little research on the dress code prior to the interview can really help you decide on what to wear on the big day. Rocking up to a banking interview in your fresh kicks, drop crotch jeans and an oversized tee is probably not going to land you the role. However, an outfit like this may well be appropriate for an interview for more of a creative role so, it’s vital to scope out the dress code prior to turning up and looking unprofessional.
The key thing to remember is that you want the interviewer to picture you in the job you’ve applied for. If they can already see you fitting in, you’re certainly on the way to landing the role. If in doubt, opt for formal attire as you can rarely go wrong by wearing a suit.
What Suit To Wear To An Interview
As with most men’s fashion there are a variety of different suit styles and colours to choose from and selecting the right one can make a big difference.
Best Colour Suit to Wear to an Interview
It’s important to keep it clean and simple and therefore we suggest opting for a classic single breasted suit in a dark colour such as navy or dark grey. Where possible, avoid black as this will look like you are attending a funeral, unless of course you are applying to be a funeral director.
Remember that keeping things clean and simple goes a long way, so look to match your suit with a conservative tie and don’t worry about a pocket square or your finest cuff-links as this can give off the wrong impression.
What Colour Shirt To Wear To An Interview
The shirt you select is just as important as getting the suit right. A well-chosen shirt can finish off the outfit perfectly and sends out a professional message to the interviewer. To do this you want to ensure the shirt is a well fitted and in neutral colour. In our opinion, a crisp white Oxford shirt is always best for an interview.
Casual Interview Outfit
If you have applied to a job in a more casual working environment and you have done some prior research, you could elect to wear something a little more casual. A casual suit with a solid colour t shirt and some box-fresh trainers is a great example of smart casual and would set you up well at interview stage.
Alternatively, you could choose to wear smart chinos, a button down shirt and polished leather shoes. Either option remains smart and ensures you still look professional in a casual environment.
Regardless of how casual your prospective workplace is, it is advisable to avoid denim and leave the jeans at home.
For more style inspo for the smart casual office see our previous blog post here.
Shoes To Wear To An Interview
They say you can tell a lot about a man by his choice of shoes and for an interview, the key thing to remember is that they have to be clean. Your shoes are the finishing touch, like the cherry on a cake, and help to read you like a book.
The best colour to go for is black as it goes with most colours and helps your outfit to look extra smart. These Jeffery West college black polished shoes would work like a dream.
Check out our blog on men’s formal shoes here.
What Shoes to Wear for a Casual Interview
To achieve the best casual interview attire you need to feel confident in how you’re rocking your look. Not everybody can pull off the chinos/trainers combo and still look smart.
If you’re opting for the ‘chinos and unbuttoned, rolled up shirt’ look then it’s best to team this with some brown or beige suede desert boots. These keep the outfit looking smart whilst adding a ‘casual’ edge.
How to Dress for an Interview
• Dress appropriately according to the type of position you are applying for.
• If opting for a casual interview outfit, try to steer away from denim and opt for chinos instead.
• When in doubt, a dark, block colour suit never fails to impress.
• Be confident with your style and this will shine through.
• Keep it clean and smart. #StandOut