08 September 2016
First few seconds make up the biggest part of an overall impression, when meeting for the first time either with an interviewer or a fellow denizen. The rest of time in a conversation is usually spent by confirming or discarding that first judgement the companion had, and rationalizing it. It can be a hard, sometimes impossible, to overcome the first bad impression; so why bother doing that?
You must have been doing a good job writing cover letters, preparing your resumes, learning interview questions by heart and practising answers to them; but there is one little (not that little in fact) thing you might have overlooked.
That thing is your attire. It does matter. That must be considered in all respects before you go on an interview for a new job; and in this article, we will try to help you learn how to take full advantage of your dress and add up perfect look to your already exemplary set of skills and experiences so that great job you used to dream of does not pass you by.
Find out about the work setting
Learn about the work setting, premises and office style that your perspective company abides by.
An open-space office means that the company fosters less formal working style, which can also be reflected in less strict attention paid by interviewers to your attire.
This fact, however, does not suggest that one can show up in a pair of their favourite old jeans and a t-shirt on an interview with such a company.
On the other hand, the company you are about to be interviewed for may have been keeping their traditions for centuries, with respective attributes – conservative dress code, tables of red wood, chairs of expensive leather etc.
Get to know the company’s dress code
In addition to discovering the company’s work setting, it is important to learn if there is any particular dress code. The company may have a semi-open office space in form of, so-called, office cubes, but be highly strict on office attire. With regard to that, you can highly benefit from meeting one of employees of that company you are going to be interviewed at.
This way you can get a better idea of what the expectations from and requirements to potential employees, and learn to better satisfy them. A good resource that can help you with such research is numerous professional networking websites of which the most popular is Linked-In.
Make sure you have proper attire beforehand
It usually takes a while to find a suit that perfectly matches one’s body type. You may try on tens of suits before you find the right one. Therefore, it is best to start preparations in advance – a few weeks at least if you are planning to
Therefore, it is best to start preparations in advance – a few weeks at least if you are planning to buy a new suit or even a month or two should you decide to have your suit custom tailored for you.
In both cases, the classical men suit would be your best bet. It has remained the same for hundreds of years and thus never changes at a sudden whim of fashion.
Before purchasing a suit though, make sure you have learned a few important things about suit selection, which will be discussed in the following sections.
A few days before the scheduled date of the interview, have your hair freshly cut or, at least, trimmed around the neck and ears. To make sure you have it done right and exactly as you like it, visit a barber that has been cutting your hair for a while already.
Otherwise, you might be not satisfied with the job done, and become worried about your cut at the interview.
There is no need for that to become something you are uncomfortable with in a such an important event.
If you grow a moustache or beard – must be also freshly trimmed; otherwise get shaved on the very day of the interview, or, at least, on the prior day.
When shaving, be also careful not to cut yourself (bleeding on an interview is just not right!) and try to prevent razor burn. Not only all that will make your more attractive to everyone, but can also boost your self-confidence and, again, relieve you from having to worry about such minor issues.
Manicure is a detail that a male professional should pay meticulous attention to, it must be never overlooked. Make sure you nails are neatly cut and brushed so you they do not look like if you have been plumbing or repairing trucks for a while before coming on an interview.
Nails poorly cared of almost always cause people’s aversion, and loudly speak for a person’s overall untidiness.
A very little of cologne can be okay. Do not apply too much of it for an interviewer not to suffocate if in a small room, where you might be interviewed. Anyway, it is still advised to use some neutral-smell
Anyway, it is still advised to use some neutral-smell deodorant after shower instead of cologne since it is hard to predict how a perspective interviewer feels about fragrances. Important thing to remember in this respect is that too much of scent can be really overwhelming.
This can be the case in legal, lobbying, consulting, private banking and other industries that highly depend on reputation.
Thus, being interviewed at Google differs from being interviewed at Credit Suisse. While in the former case your appearance can be more relaxed to a certain degree, in the latter it is probably better to have a classic more austere look.
Check out our Top Tips on Interviews as well as Corporate Wear Tips for Men to help keep you focused on the task in hand - and if you feel like you need any advice at all please contact us - we would love to hear from you!