Wearing professional attire makes the best impression
Congratulations, you’ve got an interview! That’s a sign that the employer is interested in you, and it is your opportunity to promote yourself. Start preparing by looking at sample interview questions. If your school has a career development department, see if you can set up a mock interview to give you practice in responding to questions. And take a few moments to review this list of common interview mistakes.
Another important thing to plan ahead is what you will wear. You will want to look professional in order to communicate to the interviewer that you are taking the interview seriously. Consider these tips for men:
Tip #1. You can’t go wrong with a suit and tie.
- Make sure your suit fits well, including the length of the sleeves and the length of the pant legs.
- Your suit should be dark in color. Solid colors are best, but a subtle pattern is okay too. Three-button suits are the safest choice.
- Be sure your shirt is ironed. It should be a button-down shirt in a simple color like white or solid blue.
- Wear a dark-colored belt and a tie that looks professional.
- Your socks should be darker than your pants. Make sure your socks and pant legs are long enough that your bare leg does not show when you are sitting.
- If you cannot afford a suit and have no way to borrow one, don’t worry. Wear a white dress shirt with dress pants. Be sure to iron them.
- Your shoes should be dress shoes in good condition. Wingtips, oxfords, loafers, or other dress shoes will work. Polish them to remove any scuff marks.
- Ask for help if you need it. Friends or family members can tell you how things look, and may even be able to lend you clothes if you don’t have what you need.
Tip #2. The small details: Hair, tattoos and piercings.
- Other than a wedding band, it is better for men not to wear any jewelry to a job interview.
- If you have piercings,* it is better not to wear jewelry in them.
- If you have tattoos,* wear clothing that covers them if possible.
- If you can, get a haircut a few days before the interview so that your hair looks trimmed.
- Be sure you are clean-shaven on the day of the interview. If you have facial hair, trim and shave neatly around it.
- Do not wear cologne, in case the interviewer does not like the scent.
* Tattoos and piercings are becoming more acceptable in the workplace, but we still recommend covering them up during an interview if possible. This simply avoids the possibility that the interviewer might make judgments. You want the interviewer to concentrate on your skills, and not be distracted by your tattoos or piercings. (If you have tattoos and piercings that would be visible on the job, you might want to ask the interviewer about the company’s policy, but you can save this question until after a job offer is made.)
Tip #3. What to bring with you
- You don’t need to bring a big briefcase. Just bring a professional-looking folder to hold at least 3 copies of your resume, your list of references, and your list of questions.
- Don’t forget to bring a pen and clean sheet of paper to jot down notes.
- You may bring your phone, but be sure to turn it off and store it out of sight during the entire interview.
Don’t forget, the interview is your chance to make a positive impression and convince the interviewer that you are the right person for the job. Wearing professional attire can help start you off on the right foot, giving you the confidence to ace the interview!
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