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Necktie is a required component of the business attire

Necktie is a clothing accessory. Yet, for job interview, it is a required component of the business attire. Normally, we try not to make any suggestions for suit, shirt and necktie combination as each individual will have his own taste. However, if you are seeking a job from the employer, you will have to consider how you present yourself to them. You have to paying attention to your overall appearance, not just the necktie. Some of the factors can affect how you dress to attend a job interview are the type of job, the position, the corporation culture and the type of industry. It is almost impossible to suggest one combination of suit, shirt and necktie to fit all situations. For example, you purchased a suit worth a couple of hundreds dollar, nice shirt and silk necktie. You dressed conservative and that projected an authoritative image to attend a job interview. After the job interview, you found out the interviewer was not hiring a boss, and you didn't get the job.

How to dress for a job interview

We try to narrow down our suggestions to the newly college graduates going for job interviews because this group will probably need most help. Your overall appearance should be clean and tidy. Short hair is good or simple and neat. Mustache and Beard should be shaved off or at least neat. Socks color should be dark. Suit, shirt and necktie should be clean and tidy. Basically, you should show respect to the job interview and the interviewer, and you have made an effort to attend the interview. Dressing it right will not necessarily land you the job; yet, dressing it badly will eliminate you as a potential candidate. You should try to avoid lavender or pink shirts, avoid any type of purple, and avoid any strong clash in either the colors or gaudy colors. Your job interview attire shouldn't be a distraction. A bright pink necktie will be a no.

You are just out of the college, and you would have a fresh and young image. Solid color is good for you. Some of possible combinations are dark blue suits with pale yellow shirts and solid neckties, beige suits with blue shirts and solid neckties, and gray suits with pale blue shirt and solid neckties. After dressing up and looking at the mirror, you should be able to project a sense of likeability which is consistent with your fresh and young image. If you have a closed friend, you can ask his or her opinions. Parents aren't good choices as they always find their sons likeable.

Job interview skills

The next step is to learn your job interview skills. Obviously, if you have someone to teach you, you will be fine. Yet, many newly college graduates don't have. You can put yourself in the interviewer's position. What would you expect from a recent college graduate if you are the interviewer? Some of the possible elements that an employer is looking at may be: you want the job, you are capable of handing your job duty, you are capable of learning, and you can work with your supervisor as well as others. You can write all those elements, and address each of those elements during your interview. Our elements are a good start. You may come up with more.

You should know your employers before the job interviews, and you can get the information from their websites and understand the job requirements. During the interview, you should be polite and always with smile. You want them to see you as personable and easy to work with. Don't be flirtatious even if the female interviewer is pretty because you may be seen as a liability of sexual harassment lawsuit in future. Don't try humor as there is a risk of misinterpretation. Avoid excess body movements as it can be viewed as not serious about getting a job. Those are just common sense. You should ask a few questions. You may work for that particular employer for the rest of your life if you are hired and therefore you must have questions about company or the job. If you don't, it is likely that you have no interest in that job, and the interviewer will believe that. Questions should be pertinent and well-considered. It may even help you to decide if you want the job. Possible questions are in the area of career advancement as most workers want to climb the corporate ladder. Knowing the job is crucial to show the interviewer that you can handle the job. You can affirm that you will do the job well. Try to listen to the interviewer and give some feedback or maintain a minimum conversational flow. The listen-feedback can be seen as learning. Yet, the more you told, the more of your weakness the interviewer will find out. Interviewer may ask general questions or specific questions. For specific questions, it should appear that it go through short thinking process. Give assertive answer, express yourself clearly and don't show any hesitation. Keep your answers brief and concise, unless you are asked to give more details. You shouldn't show any nervousness although the interviewer will probably give the benefit of doubt because you are a newly graduate. Tell yourself that there will be more job interviews to come, and this one is just a start. That may help you to reduce your nervousness. Don't interrogate the interviewer and mind your tone of your voice. Don't give overbearing, over aggressive, "know it all" answer. It will weaken your trustworthiness. Sometime you find the interviewer rude and opinionated. Why would an interviewer rude to a newly graduate? It may be because the job requires you to handle rude and opinionated customers. In any case, you should take it as a challenge and calmly answer the question and treated the interviewer as a rude and opinionated customer. If you found there was no apparent good reason for such rude behavior, it meant the interviewer was a rude person. You may not want to accept the job offer even if they offered you. You don't want to work for a bad company unless you have no other choice. Remenber once you decided, you may work for that particular employer for the rest of your life.

Learn your own job interview skills

This is a necktie web site, not a job interview web site. We can't cover everything about job interview in this page. Instead, we suggest that you can learn the job interview skills by yourself. When you go to the zoo and look at a lion, the lion also looks at you. You find the lion interesting, and maybe the lion also finds you interesting as well. You should pay attention to the interviewer's statements, gestures and body language. Sometimes, observed the interviewer's response would tell you if your answer was bad. If you didn't get the job, at least, you knew what went wrong and wouldn't make the same mistake next time. Anyway it is better know earlier if you won't get the job. If your answer is bad, chances are the reactions on interviewer's face let off he's not entirely impressed with you. There is no need for them to give you false hope. For example, if you heard the statement like "good luck next time", it probably meant you didn't do very well this time. Try to limit your answers to two to three minutes per question. If the interviewer is looking at his or her watch, you better wrap it up. A friend of mine had a job interview, and he figured it out that blaming his previous supervisor was fatal to that particular interview. By attending more interviews, you should be able to gain job interview skill. However, it is not to suggest that you should take the job interview lightly. What we tried to say is that if you did poor during the interview, you should be able to learn from your mistakes. Hopefully, you will do it right and get a job offer next time.

Stay positive and be persistent in life

Yet, sometime it is beyond your control. A friend of mine attended a job interview, and he thought everything went well. The interviewer introduced his boss to see him. Some small firm once they find the applicant, they may ask job applicant to work very quick so as not to lose him. When his boss saw him, his boss said something like, "you got plenty of time to find a job." Less than five minute, his boss left and he didn't get the job. The applicant believed that he was so good looking that the boss didn't think he was serious at getting a job. He moved on and attended several more job interviews and got several job offers.

So you didn't get the job. It might be because you did poor during the interview, or other applicant did better than you. In any case, you should learn from your mistakes, moved on and kept attending job interviews. Be polite during the interview even if you knew you won't get the job. Perhaps you thought you did poor, but others might do worse, and therefore you may still have a chance. Try to stay positive and be persistent in life. If you can use a weather condition to describe yourself, would it be sunshine, cloudy, rainy or thunderstorm? Obviously, you want the answer to be sunshine and you know you will be a good employee. The interviewer can sense that. You are an active, smart, ambitious, self-driven, confident, good communicating and responsible team player. The employers are looking for competent employees. Give them what they want -- you.

When you didn't get the job and feel bad, you can look at the mirror and say, "I am so darn good looking." That will probably be able to cheer you up. Because of our position, we will ask you to wear a necktie when you say that.

Good luck this time!

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