How Men Should Dress for An Interview

key to dressing successfully for interviews

One of the keys to being successful during a job interview is that you're prepared in every aspect. For example, you should know what potential questions will be asked of you.

While plenty of businesses do ask the same generic questions, they also expect you to know a bit about the business itself. Do some research on the company and find out about its history.

When preparing, make sure you have a resume and cover letter ready to share as well. The latter should be written in a way that pertains directly to the company and the position for which you are interviewing.

While these tips are important when preparing for a job interview, how you are going to dress for an interview is also a concern. If you're a man, wearing sneakers and blue jeans to an interview isn't going to cut it. Here are some tips on how to properly dress for an interview. 

#1 - Dress Shoes

 Hint: Polish your dress shoes the night before so that they will have time to dry.

Hint: Polish your dress shoes the night before so that they will have time to dry.

Every man should wear dress shoes to a job interview. Make sure they're the right size for your feet, and also be sure that the shoes complement the dress shirt and dress pants you're wearing.

If you wear your dress shoes often, it's sometimes even best to consider buying a pair of new ones before the interview. Lastly, make sure your shoes look as clean as possible.

#2 - Personal Hygiene

personal hygiene for men when preparing for interviews

While personal hygiene isn't necessarily part of dressing up for a job interview, it still plays an essential factor in preparing for it. After all, you can wear the most professional business suit and dress shoes, but if you haven't shaved, showered, or gotten a recent haircut, it'll leave a poor first impression.

When it comes to showering, it's best to do it in the morning or even an hour or so before the interview. If you shower in the evening or the night before, you run the risk of losing that freshness that comes with a recent shower.

Investing in a good shaver is important too as it prevents your beard and mustache from looking unkempt. Lastly, while getting a haircut isn't exactly required, a neat appearance will generally work in your favor.  After all, first impressions do matter, and personal hygiene is just as important as dressing up. 

#3 - Business Suit vs. Dress Pants

 Imagine how much you'll stand out from the rest of the candidates if you're the only one who comes in wearing a business suit.  

Imagine how much you'll stand out from the rest of the candidates if you're the only one who comes in wearing a business suit.  

First of all, depending on the job you're being hired for, a business suit isn't always necessary. However, you should still consider it. The more professional you are, the more of a positive impression you'll leave on the hiring manager. As for dress pants, make sure they're the right size. On top of that, iron and fold them to perfection. Lastly, be sure the coat and pants complement each other. 

For more information on how men should dress for a job interview, feel free to contact us today at Brannon Professionals. We are a recruiting and staffing firm specializing in office professionals - Administrative & Accounting, Clerical & Medical Office, Trucking & Logistics Administration. However, our business also offers hiring and management tools. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you in the best way possible.