Job Interview: Dress to Impress

The first thing students need to think about when going from a college environment to a job interview is how to dress for success. There are even Web sites, such as to help educate college seniors about the basics of proper dress and other helpful tips to present themselves in the best possible light during job interviews.

Here are some tips for men:

  • Get a navy blue or gray blazer or suit coat. Solid colors are best, although pinstripes are fine, too. Get the best material you can afford.
  • Watch your feet. Invest in a good pair of lace-up shoes — brown, black or better yet, both. (The color should complement your trousers and match your belt.) Avoid square-toed shoes — they’re dated. Be sure your shoes are polished, and replace the heels when they get run down. Of course, you’ll need socks, too. They should coordinate with the color of your trousers – and of course with each other!
  • Avoid the peacock effect. Your shirt should be a solid color – no patterns and no hot pinks. Be sure it’s pressed.
  • An undershirt is a must; it helps prevent unsightly perspiration stains and unwanted views of what’s underneath. If you’re not wearing a tie and leaving the top button or two undone, make sure the T-shirt collar is not visible at your throat.
  • Flatter your face with a V-neck. A good-quality gray, V-neck pullover sweater worn over a blue dress shirt is a great look for business casual. The bottom of the sweater should stop at your belt line.