What you wear for an interview depends entirely on what job you are applying for. What would be appropriate for an interview at a bank or a law firm, may be completely inappropriate for an interview at a start-up or a firm in a creative industry.
Suit or Separates?
For any corporate interview, a dark suit is a necessity. Preferably dark or navy blue or charcoal grey. We would avoid wearing a black suit, as black is reserved primarily for funerals and it demonstrates that you have not really thought about how to present your self at the interview.
Striped suits are a no-go, unless you are interviewing at your relative’s bank and you would be the only one in the building not wearing a chalk striped suit. Remember, keep it simple – save the loud suits for special events once you have the job.
Your shirt has to be ironed the day before and make sure that your collar is ironed as well, otherwise it may hold its proper shape. Given that the first thing your interviewer will look at is your face and then move downwards, they should not be looking at a creased collar.
If you decide to wear cufflinks with your shirt, simple silver knots should suffice. I understand that you may be tempted to inject some colour with purple or red enamelled cufflinks, but for the interview keep it simple.
Always a silk tie with the traditional 5″ width. Not a bowtie. Not a skinny tie. Not a leather tie.
Shoes and Socks
Shoes and Socks
Dark coloured shoes, black or dark brown. Oxfords or half brogues would be ideal. If you have to walk quite far to your interview, by all means wear more comfortable shoes on your commute, but make sure to change shoes before you enter the building – you may not have any waiting time before your interview to change shoes.
If you are wearing chinos and a blazer to the interview then got for brown shoes and a brown belt (belt and shoes always have to match).
Men’s jewellery has become very fashionable and it is understandable that you may be wearing something around your wrist. However, unless you are applying for a job that requires you to be “on trend”, I would avoid wearing any jewellery for your interview. Some people suggest that a pocket square is an acceptable addition, but personally, again unless your position is fashion related, I would avoid it.