Dress to Impress on Your Next Job Interview
By John Focht
Fellas, we all know by now that the suit makes the man and nothing beats a first impression. Be sure when dressing for that next job interview, you break out your best business attire. That fine pressed suit will go a long way toward giving that first impression on a prospective employer. Here are five tips for proper business attire for your next job interview.
Wear a Suit
Whether you are interviewing at a company that has a Friday casual attire or has business professional dress policy, be sure you wear a pressed suit to your interview. You haven’t landed the job yet, so don’t show up for the interview in khaki pants and a golf shirt. You are selling yourself in the interview process, so dress professional, which includes a jacket and a tie.
Remove Visible Body Piercing
Not that there’s anything wrong with body piercing, but you are going on a job interview, not to Happy Hour. As cool as your tongue or lip piercing make be, you don’t want a prospective employer getting sick at the sight of you. Leave the piercing’s at home for your interview. Let a prospective employer see what a talented person you are, not be scared to death over you.
Same Color Shoes and Belt
Let’s face guys, sometimes it looks like we get dressed in the dark (maybe some of us do). But that shouldn’t be a reason not to be sure your belt and shoes match. Don’t walk into a job interview with a brown belt and black shoes, or vice versa. Be sure they are the same color, and be certain they match your suit.
Cover Visible Tattoos
Same as with body piercing; not that there is anything wrong with it, but… Remember, you are on a job interview so you want to be sure you are selling yourself. It doesn’t matter if you have an armful of tattoos or not, but you don’t want to be in an interview with an ultra-conservative person who finds your tattoos rough on the eyes.
Your qualifications and skills should be speak to the work you do, but that is only part of it. Providing a good presentation of yourself is also important. You should be wearing a suit to an interview, so your jacket will be covering any of those arm tattoos anyway.
The fashion trend may be to have a little scruff, but for the job interview, be sure you give that chin the ol’ Norelco ride. Be clean-shaven for your interview. Your professional attire includes a smooth chin. You can let the facial crop grow back in tomorrow.