Preparing for an interview is just one of many high-pressure situations that you will come across in life. Akin to a first date, creating a great first impression is absolutely critical if you want to move forward in the process. The right interview ensemble is the first step in achieving that great first impression. No pressure, right?
Thankfully, it’s easier than you think. We asked our Philadelphia tailoring crew here at Henry A. Davidsen the dos and don’ts of interview attire for men, and this is what they had to say.
Do – Wear a Tailored Suit
A suit is almost always required for any type of interview or other business-related occasion and needs to fit you perfectly. A poorly-fitted or untailored suit will definitely create a lackluster first impression.
Don’t – Wear a Crazy/Wild Tie
A traditional tie with simple patterns and neutral colors instead of a wild and bold patterned tie is going to be your best bet for an interview. Think burgundy, blue, and muted yellow in stripes or subtle plaids.
If you’re trying to come off as the funny guy by wearing a novelty tie, you will likely succeed in that endeavor, but you won’t get hired.
Do – Consider Adding Texture
Solid-colored suits are best for interviews, but don’t be afraid to add a bit of texture to the fabric for added visual interest. Herringbones and birdseyes give solid color fabrics depth and movement while being very subtle.
Don’t – Have Too Many Accessories
Your tie clip and belt buckle should match, your socks should match your pants, and your belt should match your shoes. These are the basics, so stick to them.
Keep your accessories to a minimum. A nice watch and wedding ring are acceptable but leave the leather wristwear and anything else you’d wear to the bar at home.
Do – Shine Your Shoes
Some say that you can tell everything you need to know about a person by the way he or she take cares of shoes, and we agree. Always make sure your shoes are scuff-free and shined. Using cedar or alderwood shoe trees regularly will help them maintain their shape over time, which has more than just aesthetic benefits: they’ll last longer and be more comfortable during that extended lifespan.
Don’t – Dress Too Casually
Some companies have a business casual dress code, and some industries veer away from formality in dress (think creative industries and departments, like graphic design). However, you still need to be careful when dressing for your interview. If you must dress casually, opt for a pair of tailored khakis, a dress shirt, and a sport coat. The non-matching pieces and absence of a tie defangs the ensemble while still saying, “I’m taking this interview seriously, just as I take all of my professional endeavors seriously.”
With these tips and a quick visit to our suit store in Philadelphia, Henry A. Davidsen is confident you are going to ace your interview and finally land that job of your dreams! Give us a call at 215-310-0219 to schedule your appointment today.