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The Quintessential Interview Look for Every Guy

Forget dressing for the job you want—if that were the case we’d show up to interviews in all sorts of strange outfits. Instead, it’s simply a good rule of thumb to just look your very best at every interview you have from here on out. And since you have enough to worry about with all that interview preparation, we’ll break down the strategy for pulling off the quintessential interview look each and every time.
 
#1: Always go with a suit—no exceptions. The idea here is to look your best, and wearing anything besides suit trousers and a matching jacket is just bad form. For suit color, shoot for navy blue, royal blue, grey, or charcoal. These are fairly neutral colors that tell your prospective employer you expect to be taken seriously. And if you’re buying a new suit, be sure to have it tailored before you wear it.
 
#2: The tie. Of course, you wouldn’t think of wearing a suit without a tie, but be sure to go with a silk tie in a shade of red or blue. Red is typically associated with power, great for displaying your confidence. On the other hand, blue is more neutral and conservative, perfect for the no-gruff guy looking to make connections (for more on tie color, check out What Your Tie Says About You).
 
Remember, the tie is the centerpiece of your outfit, and it says a lot about who you are. If you’re going with a patterned tie, make sure that the patterns work with your shirt. Avoid any outlandish or weird patterns for the interview, even if you think the interviewer is laid back. You never know who else they’ll bring in to ask you questions.
 
#3: Wear brown or black leather shoes. Make sure the color of your shoes matches the color of your belt. Mixing colors here will show your prospective employer that you aren’t the detail-oriented type. Speaking of details…
 
#4: Details matter—BIG TIME. From the shine on your shoes to your freshly pressed shirt, it’s those small details that make all the difference in your appearance. When it comes to accessories, wear ‘em if you got ‘em.  Sporting accessories like a watch, cufflinks, and a tie bar is a great way to liven up your look and stand out above the rest.
 
#5: Groom up. Get a haircut the day before your interview and be sure to shave the morning of the interview. Even if you have a beard, you ought to lose it if you have any hopes of landing this gig. Besides, you can always grow it back.
 
Go out and conquer that interview—you’ve got this. 

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