Oh yeah. You’re stylin’. You picked out some sweet suit jacket. Grabbed a belt and a pressed shirt, and you are ready to pick your tie. You’ve got a box of your dad’s old ties and you’re checking yourself out in the mirror.
- This one is too pink.
- This one is too flowery.
- This one has the Green Bay Packer logo.
Most of them don’t work. They’re old person ties, or oddly colorful ties that never suited your dad’s personality anyway, but he bought them because he’s old. It doesn’t look like any of them are going to work, so you need to go to the store and buy a new tie for yourself. Your entry level job interview depends on it.
Picking a Tie
The rule with all job interview attire is that none of it gets noticed. You don’t want to pick a cool tie or a stylish tie or one that makes you look like a clubber. You want to pick a tie that is boring. You want to pick a tie that the interviewer ignores. That means that your tie:
- Cannot have any bright colors.
- Cannot have any fancy designs or images.
- Cannot have any crazy patterns.
- Cannot clash or stand out against your shirt.
Your tie needs to be boring and lifeless. It needs to be a tired color, like blue – but not bright blue or deep blue. It needs to be a boring old blue, with a boring old pattern. It needs to be boring. You should be bored just thinking about how boring the tie will be.
Avoiding the Power Tie
Power ties are not boring. They are useful for high paying sales jobs and executive positions. That’s not you. You are applying for an entry level jobs, and entry level jobs are boring. Power ties may be tempting, but they are for higher up positions. At your job interview, a boring old blue is advised.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Choose a boring blue tie…. Zzz……