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As you probably know, first impressions matter and nothing communicates competence, professionalism and excellence like a well put together outfit. The goal is to look perfectly dressed for the job you're interviewing for so you show respect for the opportunity you get. The general rule is to wear a suit and a tie to the interview.
There's always an exception the rule, let's say you apply for a job with a start-up design agency or with an outdoor construction company. In those situations, a suit may alienate you from your peer group and it may seem like you're the odd one out and you don't fit in the team.
Let's get back to the rule. If you apply for an office job or any other traditional job, a corporate job, this is what you should do: A classic outfit shows that you are serious about your job and respectful and this is not the time to be flashy because you want to be subtle and you want not to have people judge you based on a diamond earring or a flashy ring. So what exactly does it mean to wear a traditional suit and tie?
Number one is, wear a dark suit. In terms of color, that means you can go with navy, charcoal, or gray. Do not wear black because black is reserved for funerals. In terms of a silhouette, your safest best is to get a notched lapel, single breasted jacket with about 2 or 3 closing buttons or a double breasted jacket. Both are equally as correct for an interview.
Two, wear a dress shirt. A dress shirt means you have a regular, button down shirt with a collar, and I suggest you get a classic collar or a slightly spread collar and then you choose the colors, either a solid white, a solid light blue, those are the best 2 colors. Avoid a button down collar or anything that's too extreme, too big or too small. Also, avoid strong patterns.
Third, you want a basic, silk necktie. That means, it's no unusual weave, just regular silk, and solid colors, you can add a little texture like one with grenadine, or a jacquard weave but no paisley pattern, maybe a subtle stripe but that's about it. In terms of necktie colors, I recommend red, burgundy, blue, bottle green or maybe silver.
Once you've picked out a tie, it's important to have a proper tie knot, that means it sits tight against your collar band and there's no gap like here otherwise, it looks sloppy and you want to avoid that at all cost. When it comes to tie knots, stay with a classic one, like a four in hand knot or an oriental one.
Five, consider wearing a pocket square, a simple, plain, white, linen pocket square with a TV fold is simple and oozes classic elegance. Stay away from more flashy folds such as the shell folds and even the puff fold.
Rule number 6: Wear over the calf socks.
The reason being is that you never want to expose your hairy calves. You want simple over the calf socks that match the color of your trousers. A subtle stripe but again, don't go flashy, stay classic!
Seven: Wear black shoes.
Black is the ultimate interview shoe color and you should always stick with it. In terms of shapes, I recommend you go with a black oxford or a derby. If you do not have a cap toe oxford or a derby, you can actually go with a full brogue if you have it, that would work too. Half brogue or semi-brogues are acceptable too.
In terms of jewelry, I again, recommend to keep it simple. Have maybe, your wedding band, maybe cufflinks but that should be about it. If you have an interview during the winter, make sure you wear a pair of dark gloves such as gray gloves, a scarf in subtle, dark patterns and an overcoat.
You never want to show up to an interview with a backpack because it screams "little schoolboy", you're a man, you're a professional and you want this job and you want to look like one, that means you have a satchel or a briefcase but not a backpack. Once you have assembled your outfit, it's important to check if you have any stains, loose threads, maybe tags or anything else that may look like you've never worn a suit before and that you're sloppy.
Now you should be prepared for a classic, job interview. So what to wear to an interview in the IT , agency world or outdoor world? That's a much tougher question to answer. If a suit is too much, a blazer with a pair of chinos or khakis can still look very professional especially if you wear it with a necktie.
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