The Little Things You Should Sweat
When Interviewing

What to wear and what to do to make a great first impression.

Creative and casual job interview outfit for men from Goodfellow

Jack Nicholson in The Shining proves that all you need to convince people you're a solid guy is to nail the interview.

You're going into an interview. Tensions are high but confidence is key. When you know you look good (and appropriate for the intended job), you'll walk in with your head held high, knowing you're the man for the job. That's why you sweat the little things. You're obviously qualified if they brought you in, so now they want to ask you questions to figure out if you're as good in person as you are on paper. And if you'll fit into their office culture. "Will you work well with our team? Will you carry out our mission and be a great ambassador of our company?" That's what they'll be asking, and it's up to you to answer those questions accordingly. But if you present yourself in a sharp, kempt and professional manner, your presentation won't be a distraction. No distractions = a better interview. So to help you out, we put together a cheat sheet of sorts to guide your interview look based on the type of job you're looking to score.


The Fit

We can't stress this enough. Showing up looking like you've put time and effort into your appearance goes a long way. And nothing communicates that you're someone who masters the details more than clothing tailored to your body. A good tailor can make you look leaner, taller and more powerful—all you need to do is learn to speak your tailor's language.

Creative/Casual Gigs

Avoid any distracting or busy patterns. A simple Oxford cloth button-down or a knit polo and a pair of chinos (sport coat optional) looks polished and professional.

Creative or casual office men's interview outfit

From left to right:

Hennepin chinos, $22.99 by Goodfellow & Co.; Air Oxford shirt, $58 by Everlane; Flex chino blazer, $168 / $99 by J.Crew Factory; Knit polo, $39.90 by Zara

Corporate Environment

A navy or grey suit, crisp white shirt and a dark tie won't let you down. If you don't need to look so serious, you can swap the shirt and tie for a lightweight sweater.

Corporate environment men's interview outfit

From left to right:

All-season merino suit, $398 by Spier & Mackay; Flecked silk/wool tie, $19 by The Tie Bar; Smartcare dress shirt, $69.50 / $34.75 by Nordstrom; Lightweight merino sweater, $69 by Suitsupply


Your Shoes

A killer outfit with dirty or disheveled shoes, is like fumbling the football at the one yard line. And, as you know, there are no trophies for "almost."


Opt for a classic pair of lace-ups in brown or black. Are they flashy or fashion forward? Nope. But do they get the job done (meaning, will they help you get the job)? Absolutely.

Jack Erwin Cap-Toe Oxford

Cap-toe oxford, $195 by Jack Erwin

The Rail Plain Toe Derbies

Plain toe derbies, $99.95 by The Rail


Go with a pair of simple leather or canvas sneakers, or some clean, suede desert boots. Either choice is comfortable, casual yet stylish.

Jack Purcell Canvas Low-Tops

Canvas low-tops, $65 by Jack Purcell

New Republic by Mark McNairy Suede Desert Boots

Suede desert boots, $99 by New Republic by Mark McNairy


The Extras

Consider this your lightning round of things to check before leaving the house.

Facial hair?

Tame it. Keep the stubble trimmed or beard groomed.

Maestro Beard Butter

Beard butter,
$13 by Maestro's

Longer hair?

Style it to keep it out of your face.

Port Products Soft Hold Styling Creme

Soft hold styling creme,
$22 by Port Products


Yes, but not too much. Subtlety is key here.

Kiehl's Original Musk

Original musk,
$42.50 by Kiehl's


Stay dry with a powerful antiperspirant.

Dove Men + Care Invisible Fresh Dry Spray

Invisible Fresh dry spray,
$5.99 by Dove Men + Care


Clean and freshly clipped.

Tweezerman Precision Clippers

Precision clippers,
$12 by Tweezerman


Don't even think about going in there without a mint.

Altoids Mini Sugarfree Peppermints

Mini sugarfree peppermints,
$2.48 (for three-pack) by Altoids


Keep your pockets free and your phone out of your hand.

Linjer Soft Leather Briefcase

Soft leather briefcase,
$489 by Linjer

The Breton Company Modern Day Briefcase Pack

Modern day briefcase pack,
$199 by The Breton Company




The months where the number of job listings exceed the yearly average? May, June and October. August, however, is typically the worst time to look for a job.

(Source: Workopolis)

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