The Job Interview

Presentation is Everything

When going out on a job interview the right tie and shirt can be a critical part of a man’s personal presentation.

 

With the pendulum swinging away from business casual and toward a dressier standard in many firms, human resource experts are recommending that candidates dress-up for interviews.

 

The big question, of course, is what is dress-up. MDFA recommends that not only can’t you go wrong by wearing a tie, but a tie can do a lot of positive things for your appearance and may actually help you land the job.

 

John Molloy, consultant and author of the “Dress For Success” books, agrees. “The right tie worn to a business meeting, particularly an interview where both parties are meeting for the first time, announces the wearer’s power and professionalism,” he says. “Even in this casual age the tie remains the heraldic shield of modern man.”

 

Not only does a tie make a man look taller and slimmer but the right tie can make a strong statement about his personality.

 

The tie is the most self-expressive item that men have in their wardrobe and sitting across the desk from someone at an interview it the most noticeable.

 

In a job interview you are trying to sell yourself and in any selling situation, presentation is important.

 

So care should go into a tie’s selection and tying. Here are some tips from the MDFA:

 

Stick with a conservative pattern, but don’t be afraid of color. Strong colors stamp you as someone who is not afraid to stand out in a crowd.

Go with a dark (navy or charcoal) suit and white or blue dress shirt. Let you tie be your personal statement.

Wear a freshly laundered, crisp looking dress shirt.

Tie your tie correctly. The tip of the wide end should touch your belt buckle. The narrow and wide end do not have to be even, but the narrow end should NEVER be longer.

Use a four-in-hand knot. It’s easier to tie and uses less fabric than a Windsor or half-Windsor (a concern if you are tall). If you don’t know how to tie a tie, refer to the instructions here (link back to instructions)

If you haven’t worn a dress shirt in awhile and need to shop for one, keep this tip in mind: buy a shirt with a collar at least a half size larger than your neck measurement. When the top button is buttoned, you should be able to fit two fingers between your collar and neck. This way you’ll be as comfortable as in your favorite old t-shirt when the interviewer is grilling you.

Make sure your tie is up-to-date. You don’t have to be a fashion plate but an obviously old tie sends the wrong message. Similarly, avoid wrinkled or stained ties.