Interview - What to Wear: Men

Overall   |   Suit   |   Shirt   |   Tie   |   Pants   |   Shoes   |   Accessories   |   Grooming

 

Overall

Your appearance is important because it is the interviewer’s first impression of you. 

  • Be professional, neat, clean, and well-groomed
  • Being overdressed is better than being underdressed
  • Clothes should be clean and wrinkle-free
  • Test-drive your outfit to ensure you are comfortable walking, sitting, standing
  • Research the industry and company as some companies are more conservative

 

Suit

ItemAdviceExample

Style

  • A single breasted suit is more appropriate than a double breasted suit
  • Two or three button jacket with the bottom button unbuttoned
"Understanding Common Suit Features"

Color/Pattern

  • Solid dark colors such as gray, navy or black are the best options for an interview
  • Plaid, pinstripe or patterned suits are not interview appropriate
"Understanding Common Suit Features" (bottom)

Fit

  • Custom tailored suits are ideal, but in some cases hard to obtain last minute
  • The back should lay flat and not pull or bunch
  • Shoulder pads should line up with the edges your shoulders
  • Sleeves are comfortable, not too tight or loose
  • Cuffs should rest an half an inch above the wrist allowing a bit of your long sleeved dress shirt to show
"How a Suit Should Fit"

 

Shirt

ItemAdviceExample

Fit

  • Long sleeved, collared shirts are a must
  • Collar should fit your neck without being too tight or too loose
"How a Shirt Should Fit"

Color/Pattern

  • A solid, neutral color is best
  • Solid white is the most common and safest choice
"Understanding the Dress Shirt"

Material

  • A cotton material will allow you to breathe
 

How to wear

  • Always tuck the shirt in
 


Tie

ItemAdviceExample

Style/Knot

  • Conservative is the way to go
  • Keep the knot simple
"Learn How to Tie a Tie"

Color/Pattern

  • A simple color or pattern to compliment the suit and shirt
  • The tie should be a darker shade than the shirt
"How to match shirt and tie patterns"

Width/Length

  • Width should not be too wide or skinny
  • Length should not be too long or short
  • The bottom tip of the tie should reach the belt/waistline
"Necktie Length"


Pants

ItemAdviceExample

Style

  • Pants are to be worn on the top of the hips
  • Pleated or non-pleated, non-pleated is preferred
"The Pleated vs. Plain-front debate"

Color/Pattern

  • Match the pants with the jacket
  • A suit (jacket/pants) should be bought as a set whenever possible
 
Length/Fit
  • The "break" of your pants is the crease that forms at the bottom of your pants when it reaches your shoes
  • There should be some break but not too much

"Take a Break"

"How Pants Should Fit"


Shoes

ItemAdviceExample

Color

  • Shoe color should coordinate with the suit
  • Black or brown shoes are the most common
"A Visual Guide to Matching Suits And Dress Shoes"

Style

  • Shoes should be clean and polished
 

Socks

  • Always wear dark dress socks
  • Socks should match the general color of the shoe (ex. brown shoes = brown socks)
  • Do not wear white socks with brown or black shoes
 


Accessories

ItemAdviceExample
Amount
  • Accessories should be at a minimum
 

Belt

  • A belt to keep your pants at your hips
  • Coordinate the color with your shoes
 "Top 10 Interview Dressing Tips For Men" #8

Watch

  • Wear a watch if you have one
  • Only wear a watch if you feel comfortable wearing it
  • Make sure the style matches the outfit (not too casual like an athletic watch or something too fancy and distracting)
"Top 10 Interview Dressing Tips For Men" #6

Portfolio

  • A portfolio (leather or otherwise) is a must
  • Bring extra copies of your resume in this portfolio
 

 

Grooming

ItemAdviceExample

Facial Hair

  • Facial hair should be shaved or minimal and well groomed
  • Clean up sideburns and back of neck for a clean look
"Do's and Don't Of Facial Hair"

Hair

  • Neat, brushed, and away from face if it is longer
  • Avoid “Faux hawk” or spiked hair
  • Stay away from bright colored hair dye
"How to Style Your Hair for a Job Interview"

Body

  • Shower
  • Wear deodorant, but avoid wearing cologne
  • Clean and trimmed nails             

"Essential Grooming Tricks"

"5 Hygiene Tips On What to Do Before an Interview"