How to Choose a Tie for an Interview

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Making a first impression is of utmost importance when you walk into a job interview. Hopefully you've done your research on the company and the position. You're ready to impress. A big part of making a good first impression is choosing the right tie. It should show your confidence and personality without having a life of its own. Follow these steps to choose a tie for an interview.

  • Notice what men in your industry tend to wear on the job and when they meet with clients. This will give you an idea of what to look for.

  • Go into your closet and look through all the ties you've accumulated over the years.

  • Drive to a men's clothing store or a department store. Find the tie section, which is usually with the dress shirts and pants.

  • Look for a tie that is most in line with the type of job you're interviewing for. If you're hoping to work for a high-powered attorney firm, go for a strong red tie or classic blue tie. If you're interviewing at a fun toy company, opt for a tie that shows your personality.

  • Choose a tie that is classic and non-distracting. A solid-colored conservative tie is always a good idea.

  • Select a good-quality silk tie. Trends may come and go, but choosing a high-quality tie is important.

  • Tie a thick Windsor knot. Make sure it's wide and triangular. This will show your confidence.

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