The resumes is polished and sent out, now it’s just time to wait to hear back. Don’t get discouraged during the job hunting process. There will be many positions that won’t respond and let you know of a rejection. It’s important just to keep at it and not to take anything personally. In the beginning, HR reps and hiring managers are solely looking at what you have written on your paper. As hard as you try, it is tough to showcase your unique personality and skill set to your potential new employer.
That’s where the interview comes in. You have to nail every aspect of the interview to get the position (no pressure!). That means working on your answers to common interview questions like “What are you biggest strengths and weaknesses?”. It also means presenting yourself appropriately with your manners, body language, and style.
I hate to say it, but one wrong move during an interview, such as being late, can make or break a hiring manager’s decision if they have many candidates lined up. Today, we’re here to help you perfect your interview outfit.
One of the first things you need to do when deciding on an outfit is to assess the company’s culture. If you’re applying to be a host or hostess at a family, chain restaurant, you probably will not require a suit. But that also doesn’t mean you should show up in shorts and flip flops.
One of the best outfits for men to wear is a pressed button down shirt, slacks, and nice dress shoes. This outfit is dressed up, but not too formal. The button down should be a conservative color like blue, white, or black. The pants should match the shirt well. Good colors include navy blue, black, or tan. The shoes should be either black or brown. Here are some good pant and shoe color combinations for your outfit.
Black Pants | Black or Navy Blue
Tan Pants | Light brown, Dark brown, Navy blue
Navy Blue Pants | All pants colors
If you’re unsure whether to go more dressy, bring a sport coat with you. A sport coat will help dress up your button down and slacks. But if you find that other interviewees are not going formal, you can lose the jacket and just carry it with you.
Now it’s time for accessories. This is were you can add a bit of your own style to the outfit. Go for some unique cufflinks or a watch. These subtle items can add some flair to your otherwise conservative outfit.
You’ve got all the items you need to kill it during your next interview. Just make sure you give yourself an hour or so the night before to do some last-minute grooming like shaving or plucking hairs (for those sporting the unibrow).
There you have it! Your complete style guide to look professional during your next interview.