What to Wear to a Job Interview: Guys' Outfit Ideas
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Figuring out what to wear to a job interview can be tough. Whether you’re a recent (or soon-to-be) grad, or you’re simply itching for a new challenge, it’s time to upgrade your interview attire.
Below, outfit ideas for what to wear to a job interview:
Yes, the world is becoming a more casual place, but generally speaking, you can’t go wrong with a charcoal or navy suit and simple accessories. It’s a tailored blank canvas you can dress up or dress down.
While you won’t be docked for sporting a patterned suit, you’ll get the most bang for your buck with a classic option. Shirts and ties are where it can get a little tricky, but it’s also a great place to shine. A crisp white or light blue dress shirt is always a welcomed addition to your foundation, though you can stand out with a little personality in a gingham shirt and knit tie combination. Finish your look with minimal accessories for a winning first impression.
What to wear to a corporate job interview:
A suit is perfect for just about any corporate position available; scoop up one in a ‘wear it year-round’ wool. Add some color; no one wants a dull interviewee (or employee).
What to wear to a job interview in a creative workplace:
The guy headed into a creative industry can afford to get a little funky with his interview attire – think: a sport coat and dressier chinos or even dark rinse jeans.
In this outfit, you can even afford to save some gas and bike to the office space! Just go slow so you’re not sweating when you get there.
What to wear a college internship interview:
If you don’t have a suit yet (and don’t worry, you really don’t need one…yet), you can still look grown up and pulled together. Grab a sweater but keep it contemporary and professional with a dress shirt and tie. As you can see from the creative workplace interview attire above, you don’t necessarily have to wear a suit to land your dream position. Plus, dressing too formal might be a bit much for role for that college radio station marketing gig.
Outfit tips for a job interview
- Lose any loose papers. Stick to a classic leather portfolio versus anything nylon or of the backpack variety.
- Put your best foot forward…literally. Shined shoes make a notable difference and you can preserve your shoe shape by using shoe trees when you store them.
- Focus on fit. If made-to-measure isn’t an option, it’s worth a trip to a tailor to ensure you get the most out of your suit – even off the rack.
- Make sure you’re clean shaven or properly groomed. While facial hair may be common in some industries, take special care so that you look polished versus unkempt. If you’re unsure, err on the side of clean shaven.