The first impression you make on a possible employer is incredibly meaningful and important.
When you first meet, employers will form a test/evaluation based on what you‘re wearing and how you carry yourself. (without any concern about/having nothing to do with) the work conditions, it‘s important to dress professionally for a job interview. This will help (promise that something will definitely happen or that something will definitely work as described) that you make a great first impression.
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In general, the candidate dressed in a suit and tie is going to make a much better impression than the candidate dressed in messy and dirty-looking jeans and a t-shirt.
That said, different businesses do have changing/different expectations for what candidates and workers should wear. The appropriate dress code can change/ differ greatly depending on company and industry.
Here’s more on what to wear to an interview for professional, casual, and startup companies, when you want to make the best impression.
How to Dress for a Professional Interview
Men’s Interview Clothing
Here are examples of interview outfits for men. For a professional interview, men can default wearing a suit. All clothes should fit well and not have any stains.
Here are the basic items a man wears during a professional interview:
Suit (solid color – navy, black, or dark grey)
Long sleeved shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)
Tie (here’s how to tie it)
Dark socks, conservative leather shoes
Little or no jewelry
Neat, professional hairstyle
Limit the aftershave
Neatly trimmed nails
(mix of stocks, bonds, etc./document collection) or (small case to hold papers)
Work With Colors and Layers
While interviews at startup companies or for non-professional jobs show/indicate a more casual look, if you‘re interviewing for a professional position, it‘s important that you stick with a formal look.
Of course, even within the “business formal” category, there‘s a huge range of different dress codes. A formal look like this one is a little less than professional but doesn‘t look “hot and humid/snobby” nervous, making it a good choice for all types of interviews.
This man‘s plaid suit, with a colorful button-down and matching belt and shoes, gives him a look is modern and beautiful but still work-place appropriate.
Light Colored Jacket and Pants
Not sure if the company you‘re interviewing at needs/demands a business casual, or businessformal type of dress? Find the middle ground with a light-colored or khaki blazer and coordinating pants.
A Sweater and Button Down
A Navy Blue Blazer
A blue blazer is a breath of fresh air from the typical black suit coat and is definitely a great addition to your interviewing clothing.
A navy blue blazer can be worn with a tie, or without, depending on the dress code. It matches many shirt colors and can be worn with khakis, chinos or grey slacks.
(almost completely/basically), there‘s a lot of flexibility packed into this one item, so you‘ll get a lot of mileage out of it. Navy blue blazers add a touch of class for a look that is always-existing, yet always professional.
Ties don‘t have to be boring. Although you should avoid anything too flashy, such as “(pretty, inexpensive toy / new, surprising quality)” ties with weird prints, don‘t be afraid to experiment with unexpected colors – like the blue tie here, for example.
A “statement” tie like one of these works well with a button down without a blazer, which can be a good choice for a dressier business casual (surrounding conditions).