Job interview dress code is extremely strict. Good or bad, employers judge you by how you dress. The rule for dressing for your job interview is that the more your clothes are ignored, the better you have dressed for your interview. Essentially, you do not want employers to notice your outfit. Rather you want your own voice to do the talking for you.
For men, part of dressing for the job interview involves selecting a tie. Like everything with job interviews, there are rules for the type of tie you can wear.
Ties Not to Wear
- Brightly colored ties.
- Ties with sports teams on them.
- Ties with any type of image on them.
- Ties with crazy patterns.
- Ties that visibly clash with your outfit.
What you should ask yourself before selecting a tie is “Will this tie get noticed?” If the answer is “yes,” then you do not want to wear that tie to your job interview.
Ties to Wear
In general, the rule for job interview ties is that less is more. Wear a color that is muted and barely noticeable, like a blue tie without any special designs. The less your tie is noticed, the better. The ties should be solid in color, though a small pattern is acceptable only if the pattern is not very noticeable.
Despite their fame, power ties should not be worn to the job interview unless you are applying to a particularly “power” position, like executive. They may also be worn to positions in sales, but only if you are certain that the position truly requires that “go getter” attitude that is often stereotyped among sales staff. Power ties are otherwise too distracting and are not that likely to give you a better impression than a boring solid color tie.
Take Away Interview Tips
- The less noticeable your tie, the better.