Interviewing for a job can be a nerve-wracking process. You want to make sure you’re prepared professionally, and that you’re ready to handle anything that may come up during your interview. A great place to start is with your wardrobe. For men, this can be an intimidating topic to think about. But the truth of the matter is, what you wear and how you present yourself will be the first things that your interviewer notices about you. Jacques Poujade, a Managing Partner at LendPlus in California, knows how intimidating the interview process can be, and how important it is to dress for success. He’s sharing some of his men’s style tips for job interviews.
Jacques, what is your professional background?
I’ve worked in financial services for more than three decades. During that time, I’ve had many interviews and held many roles. I started out getting my Bachelor’s Degree in commerce from Concordia University, Loyola Campus, before getting my Master’s Degree in finance from McGill University. Now, I’m a Managing Partner at LendPlus.
Tell us about your work now.
It’s my life’s work to make lending solutions accessible for everyone. I believe every person and family deserves to have access to helpful and alternative mortgage solutions, because everyone deserves to achieve the American Dream, by financing their home. It can be a daunting process that seems inaccessible to many, but I’m here to tell you it’s possible, with the right lender.
What are some of your style tips for job interviews?
You want to look sharp and put together. I always say the simpler the better. Leave your crazy tie at home that day. Of course, you can show your personality through your clothing. But as someone who has attended a lot of interviews, and who now interviews a lot of people, I feel that neat and simple clothing says a lot. I always prefer to stick with neutral colors, such as black, white, tan, and brown. Dark blues can also be a safe bet. Basically, you want to only attract attention for how sharp you look. Other than that, your outfit shouldn’t be something the interviewer notices.
How can men make sure they look presentable?
The little things go a long way. Iron your shirt and pants, even if you usually don’t. Make sure your hair and nails are trim and neat, you don’t want to have shaggy bed-head when you show up for your interview. Make sure your beard is taken care of, no matter how long it is. And matching socks are a must.
How can people learn more about you?
I’m always sharing information I think will help people in various industries. I was recently featured in an article where I recommended some cryptocurrency wallets. plus, I’m always sharing information on my blog. It’s really my life’s work to help people find success with their lending solutions, but also in whatever industry they work in.