What to wear for an interview male

Picking an outfit for your job interview can be a challenge. (That, and knowing what questions you should be prepared to answer, of course.) After all, if you want to set yourself

What to wear for an interview male

Picking an outfit for your job interview can be a challenge. (That, and knowing what questions you should be prepared to answer, of course.) After all, if you want to set yourself up to do your best, youll want to look your best, too.

But what if you have no idea what to wear?

Not every job interview requires you to wear your special-occasion tie and a polished pair of shoes. In fact, doing so might reveal that you havent done your research. So before you dust off that suit, know that your outfit will depend heavily on the company culture and the kind of work youd do there.

I connected with Muse career coach and founder of The Hired Group Ryan Kahn and Samari Majerus, who runs talent management at Knot Standard, to learn more.

Step one, says Kahn: Get to know the company youre applying for. Research the company by looking at their social media platforms and company careers page. Typically, youll get a vibe for what people wear to the office. Or, ask someone you know who works there. If that doesnt provide results, err on instinctwhat do people in this industry typically wear to work?

Step two: Plan on dressing slightly nicer than everybody else. If the companys culture is to wear shorts and a t-shirt, youll do something one-up from there, says Kahn.

Step three: Get a little inspiration by checking out this cheat sheet Ive put together below. Itll help you know exactly which clothes to pull out of your closet the night before your job interview.

Business Formal

Youll likely want to wear business formal if youre interviewing at a more traditional or old-fashioned company. In addition, for any job where you might be working with important clients or be the manager of a large team, this is usually a safe bet.

Business formal dress is exactly what you think it isa suit. Plan on basic business colors: black, navy, brown, and gray. You dont want to do anything too crazy (like wear bright colors or distracting patterns). Majerus also says you can jazz it up with a pocket square and a nice pair of loafers or lace up shoes if youd like.

Business Casual

Youll want to wear business casual clothing if the office seems a little less formal than a suit and tie, but people arent running around in ripped jeans. Wear a button-down shirt or nice sweater that shows you still mean businessbut you can lose the tie, says Kahn.

This is also your chance to whip out a more fun item of clothinglike a pair of colorful socks, for examplefor some (subtle) personality.

Smart Casual

Youll want to wear smart casual if its a really small company or startup and you feel 100% sure that this is the right look.

For this, you can go with tailored jeans, a crisp shirt, and nice, clean sneakers.

I hate that I have to say this, but Id avoid shorts, tank tops, flip flops, and hatsno matter how hot it is.

The key is to remember that this is an interview first and foremost, meaning you want to put yourself in the best possible light right awayso you can never go wrong leaning on the over-dressed side.

And, says Kahn, When youre looking for a job, this is a good time to pamper yourself. Invest in yourselfget that haircut or that clean razor, whatever makes you feel like your best. When you feel really good about yourself, that translates into walking through the door, and its going to pay off for you.

As Majerus states, if you feel good in your outfit, you can focus on what is importantthe interview.

Updated 6/19/2020Stephanie graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a B.A. in writing and rhetoric, and a minor in education. She has since been a middle school teacher, elementary school teacher, and an editorial fellow. As a career changer, Stephanie believes it is never too late to follow your dreams. When she is not reading a borrowed book from the library, you can find her walking through New York City, past Citi Bike rentals which she should probably learn to ride. Check out her writing portfolio here!More from Stephanie Nieves

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