Fortunately for men the components for looking dressed for success for an interview are rather simple. Select a suit, shirt, tie, belt and shoes, and you’re all set. However it is always important to pay attention to details and make sure that your wardrobe is up-to-date with the proper essentials.
Every workable wardrobe should start with a classic grey and/or navy suit. For someone with a larger rear, choose a jacket with a double vent. For an interview in a conservative industry such as banking, men should wear a well-tailored, two-button suit. For a more modern look, wear a suit with three buttons. Interview suits are best in navy, charcoal grey or khaki beige (in the summer). If you are a lawyer, pair a charcoal suit with a blue crisp shirt (blue is the color of credibility) or a white crisp shirt. Look for a shirt that has texture to it for a slightly more polished look.
Pinstriped suits appear more authoritative and are common in conservative industries. The suit should be paired with a white or light blue buttoned-down shirt. Vests and double-breasted jackets tend to be too formal. To look more polished, it’s best to complete the look with cufflinks.
For a job in the engineering or science industries, wear a navy blazer with a white or light blue collared shirt and khaki pants. You can finish this outfit with brown or black leather soled shoes- either lace ups or loafers are fine. For the retail industries, you can wear a bold tie or a bird’s eye suit. For the service industries, a buttoned down sweater and nice slacks will suffice. Khaki gabardine pants are a great slacks alternative to grey or navy dress pants. Avoid wearing sports watches or chunky rubber- soled shoes for your professional look. For credibility, it is best if you wear laced up shoes with leather soles. You can choose shoes with either a cap toe or wing tip.
Your facial and head hair should be neat and clean-cut. With the absence of facial hair, you establish what you want: more credibility. Remember to groom your nails; keep them clean and short. Your belt and briefcase should match your shoes. Dress socks should match the shoe or the pant color. Regardless of the industry, men should not wear any earrings or necklaces. You can wear a watch- either metal or leather- strapped. Unless you are married, we recommend refraining from wearing any other rings other than a wedding band.
With these tips, your appearance will be one less thing to worry about. Remember that your clothing is a reflection of you. If you look good, you will feel good and others will react accordingly.
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