What to Wear to a Job Interview
We at Boardroom
Ties have some very simple beliefs concerning proper career attire, clothing and
If you don't look the part
You won't get the part
Appropriate Interview Clothing
If you will be interviewing, please remember that no matter what industry you
are seeking a position in, your resume and experience will do most of the heavy
lifting to get you into the door.
If you don't currently have a well written resume, you can check Monster.com
which has some wonderful resume designer resources.
If you need help polishing your interview skills prior to your interview, you
can purchase many books on the interview process at Amazon.com.
Your appearance - if not appropriately dressed, will destroy everything that
your background and resume have accomplished. Remember, up to the minute you
step foot into the interviewers office - it was your resume and background that
got you there. Now is the time to risk nothing when it comes to proper clothing
for your interview.
Remember that 80% of the first impression an interviewer gets of you is visual
and formed in the first two minutes of meeting you.
How To Dress For a Job Interview
Wear a suit
Wearing a navy blue, black or dark grey suit is preferable.
If you can, purchase at least two new suits that you will be able to wear for
the first two interviews with the same organization. If it's not in your budget
to purchase suits prior to interviews, take one out from your closet -
preferably one right from the dry cleaners and take a close look at the suit
looking for frays, loose buttons and that shiny look some suits get when they've been ironed too much.
Inspect the seat on the slacks, inner thighs and the top of the thighs looking
for wear or shine. Inspect your jacket and look at the lapels and shoulders for
wear or shine.
Wear a white shirt
Why wear white? White is the perfect canvas for your suit and silk tie. It's
that simple. Don't overly complicate the look. The shirts should be freshly
pressed. Shirts can be straight collar, tab collar or button down.
Wear an appropriate silk necktie
Coordinating the necktie with the suit is a great way to start but don't try matching the suit exactly. You are not going
for the Al Capone look. The tie should be preferably made of silk with a small
pattern. Larger patterns are loud, and thats not really a message you want to send.
For business, a gentleman's silk tie should be equally balanced to reflect first
the organization and then the personality of person wearing it. Do not - and we
cannot overemphasize this - do not wear cartoon ties or even symbol ties. Symbol ties
have money signs, or stethoscopes or just about any symbol synonymous with an
industry or profession. Neckties worn for interviews should not be loud or too
colorful - stick with a conservative look. Some of the more popular necktie
colors for interview clothing are
blue ties and
burgundy ties. Once you know what color suit you'll be wearing, pick a tie and ask us
if it goes - drop us a quick note. We would be more
than happy to give you our opinion prior to your purchase.
Yes - wear them, and stay away from loafers - too casual. Our recommended shoe
is a lace up cap toe - in black. Please ensure that the shoes are clean,
polished and do not have rounded heels or overly worn soles. These are all signs
that you don't care and - if you don't care about yourself, you will probably
care even less about the organization and it's employees.
Always stay with the basics - black. If you order a necktie from us, we will
always include a free pair of black dress socks with your order - just in case.
We feel that executives and professionals should very much look the part that
they play. Appropriate corporate attire is an important element in everyone's
Today, the reversal of the dot com dress style is evident in many more
corporations, and not only in cities. We find that more and more suburban
corporate parks have gone from khakis to suits. For positions from managers all
the way up to boardroom directors, suits and more formal clothing is now very
With the suit comes new challenges such as how to match. Again, we cannot stress
this enough, your career clothing should be a harmoniously blended reflection of
the industry you are in, your organization and personal style.
If you need further guidance concerning men's styles and assembling an
appropriate career wardrobe, there are many books published on the subject that
can assist you in defining your look - or, ask us!.
Selecting the right necktie
In selecting the right
neckties - be careful not to
overdress for the position. Yes, you can overdress, and the impression that is
left is hard to overcome.
Let's assume that you wear an expensive designer suit and tie - now let's assume
that this is your first job. What does that say about you and your attitude?
We believe the best guide in choosing the right necktie is starting with the
price. Modesty counts - don't overspend.
Let us explain.
Our rule of thumb is, take your age and add the number of years of experience
you have for the particular position you are applying for and multiply that by 2
- this quick calculation should give you the approximate maximum retail price of
This we feel is a very conservative approach to looking good, but not outside of
the realm of possibilities.
So as an example - If you are 25 and have 5 years experience, you should not buy
a tie that retails for more than about $60 dollars.
If you are 40 and have 15 years of experience, you should not buy a tie that
retails for more than $110 dollars.
As we said, this is simply a guide, you should let your better judgment and your
understanding of the corporate culture of the company you are interviewing be
your final decision maker.
Basics in coordinating your neckties with your clothing.
Allow us to inspire you....here is a list of coordinating styles
For blue suits, try matching:
red silk ties,
silk ties or
alternative try matching the following:
silk ties, dark
silk ties or a shade of purple
or deep violet, with a faint neat pattern or stripes.
For black suits, try matching:
red silk ties,
silk ties or
silk ties which
generally work best with a black suit.
Let us direct you at this point to what we think are appropriate:
For entry level position try our
Joseph Abboud silk ties
For middle & senior management level try our
mens silk ties from our
luxury neckwear category.
As an alternative, for your first interview, try one of our
college ties. Our college neckties are perfect for first interviews and are
conservative yet, very stylish.
For additional information, please visit
College Career Day Interviews or
College Admission Interviews
In Conclusion Dressing appropriately depends very much on how carefully you
craft your image.
Consider the following in this order:
1. Type of organization
2. Your position within the organization
3. Your general likes and dislikes
Of course you know that these three rules have no bearing on casual and social
dressing... when it comes to that the one rule that applies is "have fun"
Job interviews always produce better results
with a brand new tie.
Take a quick look at what your outfit could use.