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A job interview is more than what you say or what your resume reveals. Yes you are special on the inside too (your momma didn’t lie) but first impressions are made in seconds, before you even have a chance to show off your shining personality. Fashion may play a large role in whether or not you are hired.
Dress appropriately. If you are applying for the cash register position at a super market, do not wear a suit. A shirt and tie will do fine. Over dressing indicates to the individual interviewing you that you might be cocky or think that the job you are applying for is beneath you. In addition, when applying for jobs that require business attire (generally a shirt, tie, and khaki pants), wear a suit that is conservative. I would not recommend extremely bright and flamboyant colors (this can differ if you are applying for a job in the fashion industry), since the color of your attire might distract your recruiter from listening to what you are saying to what you are wearing.
Your suit doesn’t have to read Armani on the label (although that would be nice). In Boston, check out Filenes’s Basement on Bolyston Street (near the Copley T-stop on the B-line) or a Men’s Warehouse. You can buy a very nice suit for about $200-300 (including shoes and a jacket).
If you are looking to upgrade on a suit we suggest Indochino. They are a little flashy so learn some restraint. Do not be afraid to ask your girlfriend, sister or even your mother for help. They will know best and be honest with you. Most of their suites can be mixed and matched allowing for endless possibility without breaking the bank. They are sleek, hip and very new school.
-Looking fly thanks to Indochino
Don’t be afraid of jewelry. Dudes, take out the stud earring or any other piercings you rock. This isn’t an ACDC cover band event. A chunky watch, a tie clip and some nice cuff links get the job done and make you look serious.
- Forget Rolex, we are all about Lex Diamonds
If you are a male who is prone to using cologne every day (I am one of these individuals), avoid it during interviews. Many individuals get distracted easily by the smell of cologne, could be allergic to your fragrance, or simply do not like the smell. This could start your interview off on a sour note.
My last piece of advice is one I always follow. Listen closely. Whatever you do, NEVER wear jeans to any job interview. Wearing jeans on an interview is like wearing jeans to go skiing. Everyone will stare and laugh you off the literal or hypothetical mountain. If you only wear jeans, invest in a nice pair of tan/neutral color khakis. It will be worth your money so you can get the job and make more.
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