When you are involved in the fashion world there are always little tricks and tips that can help better your style. But I believe there is one specific topic that needs to be gone over again, and again: how to dress for the interview! This is a topic that is highly stressed in the professional market and even the college market. Thankfully, D-Jones has had the privilege to do “Dress for Success” speeches at a number of college campuses, so that we can help the younger generation become more prepared for the professional market. So, here is a little information to help you out when it comes time for your interview.
The most crucial point is to wear a suit that fits you. Having a suit that is tailored specifically to you is key. Because when you walk through that door for your interview you are being checked out from head-to-toe. The interviewer is seeing if you care about how your dress attire looks and how you look in it. Wearing a conservative (navy, charcoal, black) well-tailored suit is very important. The phrase, “First impressions do matter” is very much the truth. So, take the initiative to make sure that you have a well-tailored suit for that first interview. Also, do not wait to the last minute to go and purchase your interview suit. There are two reasons for this. One is that if you do get a custom tailored suit it will take some time for your suit to be made specifically for you. The second reason is that if you do decide to get an off-the-rack suit you might need to have adjustments made, so again you do not want to wait ‘til it’s too late before you get your suit. Your suit is a very important part of your wardrobe and one should not rush into buying a suit. A suit is something that should last you a number of years, and it should be something that you can count on when you know you need to look good.
Your shirt is a key point as well. A solid or simple narrow pinstripe would be appropriate. A blue or white shirt are the best colors of choice.
The next important part is to accessorize the suit properly. I know some guys tend to have the idea that wearing a power tie (bold colored) on the day of your interview is a good idea. When in doubt, it is quite the opposite. Yes, you are dressed to impress, but do not over-impress. You can wear that bold tie that expresses your personality a bit more when you get the job. Until then, take the conservative road and tone things down. The next accessory is shoes and belts. Key note: make sure that the belt and the shoe color match. Again, wear something that is not too flashy. A good pair of classic wingtip shoes with a matching belt would work just fine. If you decide to wear brown shoes make sure that they are not a lighter brown color. A darker brown color is the best option.
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