What to wear for an interview can be especially confusing in this era of business casual and telecommuting. But men, what is your best choice for an interview? Should you wear jeans and a button down shirt? Should you go with a full suit?
Whatever you decide to know, make sure you wear a tie. Why? Because a tie represents everything that is professional about men in the workplace.
3 Reasons to Wear a Tie to Every Interview…Regardless of Job Title
This is your only chance at a first impression.
They’re right when they say you only get one chance to make a first impression. It needs to be you putting your best foot forward in any and all circumstances. If you show up to your interview appointment dressed overly casual, the interviewer is going to wonder whether or not you will take this interview, much less this job, seriously. They want to know that you can pull yourself together, even if the job is in a casual environment.
There is a color code inherent in your choice.
Did you know that colors can affect how someone perceives you? There are deeply inherent psychological responses to certain colors, so choosing the right tie could go way beyond just wearing one at all. Blue, for instance, shows confidence, reliability, and honesty, which is great for an interview. Red could make you seem arrogant. Orange is an off-beat color so might be a good choice for a creative role.
It is always better to err on the side of professional.
Lastly, even if you don’t know what the interview will be like or if the environment is professional or casual. Since you won’t be able to gather this information until you’re at your interview, it is best to make the decision to go professional. The best part is that you don’t have to wear a jacket unless you want to. A tie by itself is still considered professional attire and will be fine on its own.
There is only one instance where you should not wear a tie. So what is it? Only skip this accessory if the interviewer has specifically instructed you to do so. If you wear a tie when they’ve asked you to arrive in casual attire, you will demonstrate that you don’t listen or do as you’re told.
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