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Dressing for a job interview was once a simple proposition. Wear a suit and tie, polish your shoes, shave, and comb your hair. Today, however, the casual workplace and the desire to immediately fit in has confused all that we once knew about dressing for a job interview. Knowing what to wear and when to wear it is now as important as your handshake and maintaining eye contact. Even more important is knowing how to dress for the different working environments you might aspire to join. To help you make the decision before you go out and spend a lot of money on a suit you don’t need, we’ve investigated three job markets to get a better understanding of what’s expected in the business attire department.
OK, if you want to save the world from financial ruin, you better dress like you know what you’re doing. This means dressing like the big dogs in the tall weeds, which means power suits and plenty of them.
Don’t even think about pulling on that old blue blazer with chinos for your interview in sales or finance. Dressing for a job interview in the conservative market requires you to wear a black, charcoal or dark blue suit (like this affordable J.Crew Ludlow suit) with a crisp white button-down shirt and black leather shoes with laces. Avoid funky patterns and bold color combinations — they will speak louder than you think.
Dress code: Although your look will approximate the more traditional image of what dressing for a job interview entails, that doesn’t mean you should fade into the background. Learn how to be memorable by adding a bit of spice to your suit with a tie that strains against the conservative, like one of theseBand of Outsiders ties. You are projecting responsibility and confidence when you wear a suit as much as you’re giving the interviewer a sense of your perspective on working in a conservative environment. When in doubt, stick with dark and solid colors, a proper fit and accessorize with cuff links and a modern briefcase.
Read about the other two interview duds at AskMen.com.