Should A Man Wear A Bow Tie To An Interview Style Question & Answer Interview Fashion Hi! I’m Carl Centeno, the founder of this style blog. Today, I’m going to be answering the question, Should you wear a bow tie to an interview? If you haven’t already, please comment to our my blog.
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Ever since I’ve learned to tie them on, I wear them all the time. I don’t even think I even own any long ties anymore. However, lately I’m worried that I’m not getting hired as I go into interviews because of my bow tie. Am I overthinking this? All right, so Herman is going in interviews. He’s wearing a bow tie. He’s probably going to be one of the only guys in he looks around and he’s the only one wearing the bow tie. He’s beginning to wonder, Am I not getting hired because I’m wearing the bow tie? My quick answer to this, possibly yes, but let me explain. People can choose not to hire you for millions of reasons. Who knows? Depending on how many interviews you go to, there probably has been a hiring manager, a non-professional one, who didn’t hire you because of the bow tie. However, I want to qualify that because the real question is, is your bow tie hurting you, Herman, as you’re going in and applying to multiple job interviews at professional companies? My answer here is no and the reason I’m saying this is, number one, look at the economy. I think you’re trying to possibly put blame on something because you’re a bit frustrated that you’re not getting hired and it is tough out there. I have many friends who are out of work and I know how many interviews they’ve gone to, how many resumes they sent out and gotten nothing back.
And so, it is number one the economy. Number two is any professional hiring manager has been trained to look past appearances, so it doesn’t matter if you’re sporting a pocket square or a bow tie. They are really working to take this into account. Now, they can’t 100% nullify all the effects of a well-dressed gentleman who comes in versus someone who is really sloppy, and you’re not going to get a job just because you’re the best dressed. Well, I don’t know. Maybe if you’re applying for a job as a model, perhaps you would. The point I’m making is that you’re going in meeting with multiple people for multiple interviews. I can’t see this having an effect time and time and time again. The question is, what is causing the effect? Why are you not getting hired? Herman, I am not a career coach, so I can’t give you that answer, but I can tell you that you’re probably wondering, Should I continue to wear the bow tie to interviews? My answer is going to be yes because you feel confident and it sounds like it’s become a part of who you are and your personal style. Do you want to work for a company that has a policy of not hiring people who wear bow ties? I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’d want to work for a company that would have that policy. Really, it’s about your confidence wearing it. It’s perfectly appropriate.
It is going to help you stand out, but it’s not a bad thing. I really don’t feel that you going and interviewing and if anyone has to disagree with me, go ahead and put it in the comments. I’d especially like to hear from other hiring managers, but I’m going to post this post in my LinkedIn group as well. In the LinkedIn group, we’ve talked about this and I’ve heard from numerous hiring managers who have said and we’ve actually talked about this with pocket squares that it has no influence. They look at your qualifications and they want to hire the best qualified person who is going to fill that position and help their company do well. So at the end of the day, that’s what they’re going to be looking at. Herman, I hope you continue to wear the bow tie. I wish you the best of luck. And if you’ve got a question out there dealing with men’s style, make sure to go to our website, mensstyleqa.com. Again, mensstyleqa.com, that’s better than those my blog comments down below where I can’t even keep track of all the comments.
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