WHAT TO WEAR - MEN
Perhaps in the majority of cases the standard attire will be the suit. If you don’t own one then borrow one, hire one or buy one. They can be expensive but a sharp, well-fitting suit is often a good, long-lasting investment and is one of the important pieces of advice for interviews and what to wear to them. Most department and high street stores sell suits and, unless you need something extra special, these will be more than satisfactory for an interview. In general the suit represents being clean, smart and a willingness to cooperate, and these are important aspects to get across during an interview.
What men should wear to a job interview
- Go for the sober coloured, traditional style suit. Dark blue and grey are the most popular colours of suit and for good reason. It is not clever to try and look too different. Yes, it may leave an impression on the interviewer, but it won't necessarily be the right one.
- Image these days is more important than ever. However, image in the context of a job interview means giving a general impression. Your image should say smart, conforming and reliable. It should never shout over-the-top, try-hard. None of these qualities are required for the job interview except in extremely rare and special cases.
- Wearing a tie is not so much of a requirement nowadays but, if you do, wear a neutrally coloured one for an interview. Grey suits like red and blue ties. Blue suits like red and yellow ties. Again, trying too hard can prove very damaging.
- Make sure your shirts are simple and well ironed. Again grey suits like white or light blue shirts. Dark blue suits like white shirts. There is a reason most people use this combination: it is not because they are boring but because it just works. Keep the flowery Hawaiian number for the weekend if you must.
- Make sure hair is neat. This doesn’t necessarily have to mean short but if it is long then wash it, brush it and control it. Facial hair should be trimmed and neat, if at all, and aftershave should be subtle.
- Shoes should be polished, or brushed if they are suede, and well-fitting. Do not be distracted in your interview by ill-fitting shoes or blisters.
- During the interview it is more common to remain in your full suit. Do not walk in and fling your jacket off, particularly if the interviewer keeps his on. Check your shirt is tucked in and your tie is straight before you go into the interview, possibly at the building itself in the bathrooms. Don’t fiddle with your clothing throughout as it will only serve as a distraction to what you are trying to say and, even if you are nervous, you don’t want to let it show.
- If you have been told to dress casually then in most cases it is safer to avoid jeans and wear chinos or corduroys. That being said, jeans are becoming more and more acceptable even for interviews, particularly if they are dark blue or black and well-fitting, as opposed to faded, baggy or spray-on skinny. Some people choose to wear jackets to smarten a casual look, others will stick to jumpers.