Whether you’re dipping your toe into the job-hunt pool voluntarily or not, deciding what to wear can be as nerve-wracking as the interview process itself.
When you have an interview, it means something about you stood out from the seemingly endless stream of resumes. Your resume has impressed thus far, so don’t drop the ball. Showing up to the interview looking well-groomed, polished, and professional can give the interviewer the perception that you work hard, are trustworthy, and of course – are the ultimate candidate for their job.
Most men immediately think you must wear a suit, but this isn’t necessarily the case. If you’re interviewing at say a start up with a foosball table in the office, a power suit may give off the impression that you may not fit in with their corporate culture. Instead, try pairing plain-front pants in a contemporary cut with a fitted shirt with a subtle pattern or stripe. Complete the look with a sport coat and a skinny tie, like the Navy Solid Silk Knot Tie by Hook & Albert. No tie is complete, however, without a tie bar. We recommend Ox & Bull Trading Co.’s Etched Chevron Tie Bar since it’s a modern take on a classic style and is the perfect width to complement the tie.
If you’re interviewing at a place with a more traditional environment, break out your grey suit. Grey is versatile and more modern than a brown or navy suit. Black is okay, but… everyone wears a black suit. Stand out, but do so subtly. Make sure the suit is tailored to you. If not, you can come off looking sloppy. Details are key here, because you want to show you’re detail-oriented. So the point is to accessorize, but not too much. You can’t go wrong with a French cuff shirt and a stylish pair of cufflinks. It’s a nice way to add a bit of personality but with tact. Something classic like a silver tone pair engraved is ideal. We’ve got a few suggestions of some fantastic pairs that would work well.
Make sure your shoe game is on point, and NEVER, I repeat, NEVER wear sneakers. No exceptions. Make sure your shoes are polished and in good shape. Moore & Giles offers a great Shoe Polish kit, which is always a good thing to have handy. Need a few pointers on where to start? Take a look at our How To Polish Your Shoes post. Always have a nice pair of dress socks on, and it’s okay to show a little flair with a fun pattern or a bit of color.
Lest we forget, grooming is also essential here, so break out your dopp kit. Make sure your beard is trimmed or you’re clean shaven. Hair should be styled but don’t get weird. Now is not the ideal time to try the mohawk you’ve always dreamed of. Wear a neutral deodorant, and go light on the cologne. Basically, the interviewer shouldn’t smell you across the table.
Follow these tips and we’ll take you out for drinks to celebrate your new job. Because you got this. Be yourself, be confident, and dress for success.