Interview Dress Code: Accessories for Men10/27/2016
Interview Dress Code: Accessories for Men
Job interviews require careful preparation; your interviewer will not only examine what you say, but how you present yourself. How do you stand out from the crowd yet still look professional? Will an employer be impressed or put off by your style? Is it really bad to wear white socks? Use these five tips to help accessorize your suit and make a good impression on your future boss.
Cufflinks are a debated interview accessory. Some say they ooze professionalism if worn discretely, others think they're far too formal and pretentious. However, their popularity is increasing, so if you feel they are appropriate for your sector and you choose to wear cufflinks, only fasten them to a double cuff (French cuff) shirt and avoid cartoon or colorful designs. A simple mother of pearl, sterling silver, platinum or stainless steel cufflink is an understated option. Don't try to show them off by having the shirt cuff much longer than the jacket sleeve; stick to about half an inch of cuff showing when standing with arms straight.
Plain Color Shirt
You can't go wrong with a smart white shirt, unless you're wearing a visible undershirt. If you prefer a colored shirt, choose a light shade and don't be tempted to wear one with a different color collar. Stripes make some people feel unwell and checked shirts can be difficult to accessorize so it's best to avoid patterns so as not to distract the interviewer. Make sure it's well pressed and tucked in neatly. A well-fitting shirt will have a collar about half an inch above the jacket.
Right Tie, Right Length
In interviews you need to appear professional and mature so avoid ties with loud colors or funny pictures, as your interviewer might think you like to joke around. Unless it's a highly creative industry where a less conventional look may be acceptable, save bow ties for tuxedos; they could make you appear like a maverick or rule breaker. Your tie length matters; too short and you look like a school boy, too long and you look sloppy. Your tie should end level with your belt. Find the right tie, right here!
When you reach out to shake your interviewer's hand, will they see leather bracelets, fashion rings or chains reaching out to them, or a tidy, well presented hand to shake? If you don't want your interviewer's first impression to be that of a load of bling that's incongruous with your nice, smart suit then ditch the jewelry. A wedding band and perhaps a simple signet ring are fine. Piercings don't impress in the corporate world either, so remove earrings and facial piercings prior to the interview.
It doesn't matter if your suit is great, as the eye will be drawn to the shoes if they are dirty, scuffed or casual. Make sure they are polished, and if the heel is worn down, have it mended. Leather shoes with laces are the most professional for interviews. Avoid very pointed toes, as they can look like you're trying too hard and are more style over substance. White socks should only be worn for sport so never wear them for interviews. Wear plain socks in a shade that blends in with your suit, or stick to black if unsure.
Accessories can add color and personality to a suit. The right accessories will also complement your suit and make you seem more professional and confident. Plan ahead and prepare your appearance so you can look good, feel good and make a great impression in your job interviews.
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