If you’re reading this, I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s not just the ladies who experience the dreaded “I have absolutely no idea what to wear” moment. We feel you, gents, it can be tough?. And even worse when combined with pre-interview nerves! So let’s avoid panic mode and follow these simple rules that we think every man needs…
Rule number 1 – never stress, what’s that going to do? (Correct! It’s SO much easier said than done and we all do it, but think about it… stress is just going to add more stress and you definitely don’t need that before an interview. Just relax, plus you’ve got rule number 2 to follow yet…
Rule number 2 – prepare your interview outfit in advance by adding some key pieces to your wardrobe so you’ll never have to go through that stressful occasion again (meaning your partner or mum won’t have too, either??)…
Rule number 3 – always channel Harvey Spector.
Now as we’ve discussed in a previous post for the ladies, (men can relate to this part, too) it’s all about understanding the work culture, so do your research! This will ensure you’ve dressed appropriately and fit the ‘vibe’ of the brand. For most, this will sound like common sense but you’d be surprised at how different some working environments are compared to what you imagined. For example, Interact, who are a call centre based in Wigan have a super chilled vibe and is definitely not all suits, shirts and ties. (They’re actually hiring now, apply by completing your Spotstar profile!)
We absolutely believe that the key to landing that job comes down to experience, skills and how you showcase your talent and personality, but your attire cannot be forgotten about. It’s those first few seconds when seeing the interviewer that make up the biggest part of an overall impression.
Shop the item’s below and get yourself interview ready…
The perfect suit
When you think of a suit, you might picture a super tailored, sleek all-black outfit? No. It doesn’t have to be that. In fact, we wouldn’t recommend wearing a black suit at all (if you insist, make sure there is at least some sort of subtle pattern, such as a pinstripe).
Think: Charcoal, light grey, and navy blue. Check out these suits from Zara here and here. Tip: Mix and match the trousers with a fine knit polo shirt and some loafers for a casual look. Value for money – ✅
You can do no wrong when you have a good smart shirt in your life. Try these from River Island here, Topman here, and Zara here. We particularly love the shoes sleeves striped one for interviews that aren’t so formal, an interview in retail, perhaps?
The smart shoes
If you’re a little quirky and want to add a pop of colour to your outfit go for these green derby shoes from Zara here. We absolutely love them and would work well for less formal interviews. They’d also look good for dinner and cocktails paired with slightly cropped smart trousers, a striped tee, and sunglasses, of course!
A lot of people ask how long should the trousers be but there’s not a definite answer. It all comes down to personal style. Though, for the formal suit, we’d say the trouser break should be just over the top of your shoe. However, it does seem that trouser lengths and hems are becoming more and more cropped as the days go on. Cycling shorts, anyone?? Yeah, maybe not.??♂️
Try these from Topman here and here – perfect for summer, too. Dress them up or dress them down according to the occasion! Tip: team this striped t-shirt from Marks and Spencer here with a pair of chinos for drinks after work?
The laidback, yet smart top
Try this beige polo shirt from Zara here for interviews that may be a little less corporate than usual. It’s the perfect transitional piece that can be worn whenever, and the colour will go with almost everything! Or try this Reiss open neck polo here for again, an interview where the environment that has that chilled vibe (love how this is styled, too).
For something a little less formal
Every man needs a pair of these from Zara here. Serious. They’re super versatile and will be your go-to, especially through Spring/ Summer!
Style tip: Never underestimate the power of a good pair of sunglasses… Travel to your interview in style with a winning attitude (remembering there’s a fine line between confidence and cockiness, of course).
Throw them on and prepare to discover an inner confidence you never thought you had. Is anyone else’s mood entirely lifted when they’re wearing sunglasses (or is that just me as they hide my dark circles??)… And, men can style different accessories, too! Think: pocket squares, cuff links, stylish scarves and belts.
“Every man should have a magnifying mirror. If you look good magnified, you are set to go”
– Tom Ford
“Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.”
– Arthur Ashe
“The way we dress affects the way we think, the way we feel, the way we act, and the way others react to us.”
– Julie Rasband
“Like every good man, I strive for perfection, and, like every ordinary man, I have found that perfection is out of reach – but not the perfect suit.”
– Edward Tivnan
Oh and one last thing, fragrance. Don’t go overboard with the cologne, no one wants to feel suffocated, no matter how delightful your fragrance is. Key tip from David Beckham – “Your signature scent should be nothing too overpowering, something that suits the occasion.” Keyword being occasion!
Register here to put your new interview wardrobe to use and secure yourself that new job!⭐️
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