Job Interview Dressing

I haven’t seen a lot of changes in the way men dress for interviews over the years. Also, there is hardly any difference in what men wear, whether it is a senior position or an entry-level job. The only difference I see is in the cost of the clothing selected. Usually, for second or third stage interviews, new graduated may wear different shirts and ties, but it’s usually the same suit. However, a person applying for a managerial position will usually wear a different suit.

job interview outfit men

Check out these critical job interview outfit dos and don’ts. I am sure you will find this very useful.

The Suit Style

suits for men

You need at least two suits if you are applying for a higher level job. Your two suits could be a solid dark gray and a solid navy. The solid color will work just fine. You won’t appear too strong or too dressy. But remember always to focus on your personality, experience, and background, and not on what you are wearing.

A double-breasted suit is best avoided. It’s best to wear the single-breasted suit. It is more contemporary too. You can wear a two or two button cut. Keep your style two-button if you want to dress in a classic way. And of course, the fabric of your suit should be the right one for the suit. Before leaving, make sure that it is pressed properly. It should look neat and crisp.

single-breasted suit

Try the navy suit if it’s your first interview. The deep gray suit is a better option if you are asked to appear for a second time. Men look good in tan and black suits too, but they may not be good for an interview, unless you are applying for a job in the glam or the television industry. A subtle shadow-stripe suit would be a great bet for the third interview. If you don’t have this, then wear any of the two I have mentioned above.

stripe suit

Both sports jackets and blazers won’t be appropriate. But you can wear a slightly casual dress if the interview extends to an evening social invitation. However, you should still wear something traditional and classic.

Shirts, Accessories and Grooming

white shirt

Wear your white business shirt for the first interview. The collar should be a less dressy button-down or a traditional straight point. Don’t wear a shirt with pins or wide English spreads or tab collars. Ensure that there are no monograms or French cuffs.

It should be 100% cotton without any blends. For the second interview, you can wear a gray suit with your blue shirt.

The tie is very important too. Often, the interviewer is going to notice your tie first. You can wear a classic stripe, small dot or one with a neat all-over pattern. Never try to make a fashion statement, and also avoid wearing a wild tie. Bow-ties and sports watches are strict no-no for the interview.

classic striped tie

Similarly, avoid wearing loafers or shoes with straps or buckles. A simple black lace-up shoe is always a safe bet. Give it a good shine before you appear for the interview.