How to Suit Up for a Job Interview (A Guide for Men)
As the author puts it: "Your overall presence, grooming and bearing will all contribute to giving you the edge over others vying for the same position."
"Suit up" is a catchphrase widely popularized by
Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson in the
CBS sitcom, How I Met Your Mother. In the
show, Barney suits up to draw the ladies'
attention to himself. It may sound shallow
but in the real world, suiting up does make
you look dapper and dashing. It works
perfectly, whether you intend to impress the
ladies or a prospective employer.
men, however, suiting up can be
unnecessarily stressful. For this reason,
some of you only suit up for job interviews,
only for the sake of making a good first
impression. After all, the first impression
that you make on your potential
employer will definitely create an impact,
and will ultimately define your chances at
standing out among others who are competing
with you. How you suit up can make or break
this crucial first impression. The good news
is, suiting up for a job interview is not an
impossible task. You can do it.
want to run a quick environment check on
your target company first. The office
receptionist is the best person to ask when it
comes to a company's dress code. If you are
lucky, you already know an insider from whom
you could gather this information.
companies do promote a casual, relaxed, and
no-fuss environment, in which case you might
think that it is fine to show up in your
sleek pants and collared shirt. It may well
be so. However, keep in mind that you are
just making your first step into joining the
company. This means until you are officially
hired, you are supposed to suit up to earn
the right to relax your work attire.
The truth is, you need more than a suit to
make an excellent first impression on your
interviewer. Your overall presence, grooming
and bearing will all contribute to giving
you the edge over others
vying for the same position. If you really want to get that job, you
will not take any chances once you have been
called for a job interview. So rock your
first impression with the following tips:
Decide on the color of suit that works best for you. If you cannot
make up your mind, feel free to ask your
family or friends. If you have to borrow
a suit, make sure that it fits your
body. Otherwise, the awkward fit could
bring out an awkward mood during the
interview. The suit has to look right on
your skin, and you ought to be
comfortable in it.
Coordinate your colors. For this purpose, it is best for you to pick
up a suit color first before getting
lost in the mix and match process. If
you are wearing a black suit, use a
black belt and a black pair of shoes.
If you look better in a tan suit, you
should match it with a brown belt and a
brown pair of shoes. For undershirts,
choose a color that is lighter than the
shade of your suit. A white undershirt
is generally a safe choice. Finally, you
can wear striped or patterned ties if
you're wearing a solid plain shirt. If
you feel like showing some artistic
touch in your tie, just be conscious to
not overdo it. If you are not the
adventurous type when it comes to ties,
just get a patterned tie that also shows
the shade of your suit.
Forget about wearing sneakers, leather shoes will give you a
professional appeal. Make sure that your
shoes are polished.
Make sure that your nails are clean and free of stain, especially if
you've just fixed your car!
Shave to show a neat profile. Unkempt beard can potentially turn off
your interviewer. Style your hair for
aesthetics, if you must, but keep it
Skip wearing perfume. Your interviewer
may be allergic to certain scents.
As part of your overall presentation, show your attentive side.
Consciously look into your interviewer's
eyes especially when answering crucial
questions, i.e. "Why should we
Wear your head over your shoulders. Show confidence and openness to
new things. Research the company. Know
its competition and target market.
Carefully read the job posting and know
how to present your qualifications for
Put on some charm. This means you can never, under any
circumstances, be late for your job
interview. Lack of punctuality almost
automatically kills the charm off an
interviewee. It easily turns off hiring
managers and prospective employers.
Answer questions politely and be
friendly enough without being informal
Wear a smile that says you are competent, confident and ready. It is
okay to be nervous, but if you practice
smiling in front of a mirror, you will
find that smiling could actually ease up
your nerves. So when you smile, do it
naturally. It has to look genuine and
not forced. In the same manner, when you
make a joke, it has to be really good
and politically appropriate.
walk into the interview room, expect to be
quickly and discreetly examined from head to
toe. You can wow your interviewer by coming
in well-groomed but it does not end there.
Go through the tips mentioned above and
present yourself with confidence. Do your
research, get a great ensemble, come on
time, show off your brain, and exude a
positive can-do attitude. You
will get that job!