Let’s face it, when it comes to making a great first impression, image matters. Interacting with others is integrated into all aspects of our lives and unfortunately, many of us do not make looking and dressing to the best of our abilities a priority.
This is especially true for a job interview. I’m sure you’ve heard countless times that the decision to hire you is made within the first thirty seconds. Think about that for a second. How much, in a thirty second time span, can the interviewer understand what you’re all about and if you are a good fit for the job? Our assumption is, not much.
What actually happens is the interviewer subconsciously sizes you up on your physical image. Translation: dressing well for an interview is critical for that positive first impression and an easily attainable competitive advantage.
So we’ve determined that dressing great for a job interview is important but what exactly should men wear? Don’t worry, we’ve got you. It’s important to take into account the job for which you are applying. It’s always best to dress sharp to show you have your act together.
Consider these wardrobe staples when going after your dream job:
Navy Blue or Charcoal 2-Piece Suit
If you are seeking any white-collar job, then take note this is a requirement in building that competitive advantage. Navy blue or charcoal are the colors of choice as they are the most versatile and business ready. Other colors either are too formal, such as black, and many of the rest would be viewed as too casual in the corporate world. Remember, fit is everything. In a world where you can get $500 made-to-measure suits online, there’s no excuse wearing an ill-fitting suit.
White or Light Blue Dress Shirt
Traditional colors and solid patterns are recommended. Get solid white and blue shirts. Trust us. They are very versatile and can be paired with either your navy or grey suit previously recommended. When you’re first building your wardrobe it’s important to start with the basics.
The color black has been the go to choice for decades, but there is another color in town that has its own distinct style and versatile. We’re talking about the many shades of brown. Brown is a great color for shoes because you can wear it in the majority of settings. It can be just as formal and sharp when paired with a suit and can be dressed down for a night out on the town.
The briefcase is an underrated item that perfectly combines practicality with style. Practicality is the key word to focus on when preparing for an interview. You do not want to step into the boardroom with an interviewer and have your cellphone, keys and everything else stuffed into your pockets. Instead, having a slim briefcase to compliment your shoes will definitely give you that polished, professional look. Besides, carrying a notepad, pen and a few copies of your resume shows that you have everything under control and are planning a few steps ahead
As the age old saying goes, dress for the position you want, not the one you already have. This really is a true statement and one that will stand the test of time. It’s always better to be a little over dressed than under. Be cognizant of the image you portray and you’ll be well on your way to the corner office.