Style Q&A – What to Wear at a Job Interview
It’s widely discussed and questioned on what you need to wear in preparation for a job interview. Ideally for men, this article will discuss what you need to wear e.g. Men’s trousers, Men’s shirts etc. alongside with what to wear and what not to wear.
For the interview you should be looking to be formally dressed and smartly presented as if you were working at the place you’ve applied for to ensure that the interviewer has a good impression on you once they see you. Recommended clothing that would be suitable for the interview process would consist of the following:
- A collar shirt
- Suit trousers
- A tie
- Brown/black shoes
You can find these clothes on the Mainline Menswear website and available on the blog are also tips on how to look well presented such as the Correct way of Ironing a Shirt post on the blog. For both men and women, it’s also a recommendation that you wear a suit for the interview as they’ve never gone out of fashion and you see lots of businessmen wearing suits in this day and age.
If you’re struggling on what to wear for an interview it’s a good call to seek advice on the internet with lots of videos available on YouTube for interview tips or you could even go to an active business place to get an idea about what to wear for the interview and the workplace, should the job interview be successful.
Interview clothing: What to do
You want to ensure that you adhere to any dress codes that the business you’re applying for may offer, it’s good measure of action to enquire to the business regarding their dress code so you can get a good idea on what’s allowed and what isn’t allowed at the workplace.
Mainline Menswear offer lots of clothing products catered to men including men’s shirts, men’s trousers, ties and shoes. By using our search engine you can get a good idea on what you could wear for the interview and what would look presentably good on you, alongside suitable business clothing.
Before the interview begins, make sure that you have checked your clothing for any stains that can be cleaned to ensure professional presentation for the interview. This can include polishing your shoes and washing any clothes that are stained, preferably a day or two in advance to the interview to allow extra time for washing and drying. You could also trial wearing your business clothing to see if they fit you and suit your needs.
Interview clothing: What not to do
For this you would want to avoid wearing any clothing that isn’t business casual including jeans, trainers and t-shirts. You want the interviewer to have a good impression on you so these need to be avoided because if you turn up to the interview wearing casual clothing the interviewer won’t have a good impression on you as your clothing would represent what you wear to the workplace so it’s ideal that you wear business casual clothing.
If you have business clothing you shouldn’t leave any stains on it or leave shoes unclean. You want a positive representation of who you are by maintaining a both mature and clean look. Also avoid wearing accessories including earrings or piercings as they could lower the chances of maintaining a professional presentation; any tattoos should also be hidden from sight of the interviewer as it could pose as a risk for presenting yourself in a professional manner.
Something else I would advise for interview clothing is to not wear any bright-colored clothing with colors such as red, blue, green and pink. Preferably you would want to wear clothing that is either white, brown or black as they’re professional colors for casual business clothing and are also the main colors. Dark colors might also be acceptable for business clothing including dark blue, which is another known color for business clothing.
Included as an extra, the following are some tips to guarantee a successful interview and to impress the interviewer:
- Maintain good hygiene – Brushing your teeth and cleaning yourself on a regular basis.
- Avoid having any chewing gum in your mouth during the interview as this could give a lack of respect towards the interviewer.
- Have a good tone of voice and use body language – This will give the interviewer a better impression on you’re like and this could be easier for them to recommend tasks that you can do with the role you have applied for.
- Show good posture – This means having your back up straight instead of showing any slouching which can give a good impression to the interviewer and improve presentation.
- Consider questions that the interviewer is likely to ask you – This can be done via the Internet with its various sources or from friends who have had work experience and have been through the interview process.
- Be able to discuss any previous work experience or work related to the role and any times you have worked in a team – The interviewer is likely to ask you this so they can determine if you’ve had any work experience or experienced anything related to teamwork or the role you have applied for.
Written by Steve Denham