So you are going to a serious job and you need to wear a shirt and tie. Once the shirt and belt are sorted 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 an odd logo on it.
Most of them don’t work. They’re not appropriate for the interview you have ahead. You need to go to the store and buy a new tie for yourself. Your entry level job interview depends on it. While you are there pick up a suitable business shirt if the ones you have are not appropriate. If in doubt, check out our guide to the perfect business shirt for a job interview.
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 you are ready to head out to a night club. You want to pick a tie that is really quite 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.
Avoiding the Power Tie
Power ties are not boring. They are useful for high paying sales jobs and executive positions. That’s not you just yet. You are applying for an entry level jobs. 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……