MENS TIPS TO DRESS FOR SUCCESS
Sources say that up to 55% of another person's perception of you is based on how you look, so make the right impression at your interview. Although dressing and grooming appropriately may not get you the job, it will give you a competitive edge and help to make a positive first impression.
Throughout the entire job-seeking process employers use short-cuts to save time. With cover letters, it is reading the opening paragraph. With résumés, it is a quick scan of your accomplishments. With the job interview, it's how you are dressed. Here are some guidelines and tips to help you make a good first impression and set the right tone.
Always dress professionally for an interview.
•Neat, professional hairstyle.
•Clean & trimmed nails.
•Portfolio or briefcase.
•Clean and pressed clothing.
•Solid color, conservative suit.
•White or light blue long-sleeved shirt.
•Silk necktie with a conservative pattern. Learn how to tie a Windsor knot.
•Dark non-bulky socks.
•Dark shoes, cleaned and polished.
•Belt should match shoes.
•No aftershave or cologne.
•No earrings. No rings other than wedding or college ring.
Business casual attire is less formal than professional and is generally not appropriate for interviews. Many organizations have relaxed internal dress codes and permit business casual attire for daily business operations. However, professional dress is generally preferred for client meetings and other important events. Unless otherwise stated, business casual dress is not appropriate for interviews.
•Dark-colored slacks with a solid or bold line dress shirt. Coats or ties are optional.
•Khaki pants if they are pressed and neat.
Things to Avoid
•Loud colors (clothes/shoes, jewelry, hair).
•Casual wear (jeans, sweat suits, t-shirts).
•Floral, plaid, or other "busy" designs.
•Mismatched clothing (fabrics, colors, patterns).
•Wrinkled, untucked, pilled or linty clothing.
•Tattered, faded, stained or dirty clothing.
•Plastic or crafty jewelry, including earrings.
•Strong odors (perfumes, colognes, smoke, garlic).
•Visible body art (tattoos, bodmod).
•Open-toed footwear and athletic shoes.