Get knotted – To Wear a Tie or Not

Little did I realize the trouble I was stirring up when I was recently asked the question “Should men wear a tie to an interview?” My answer was yes; here was a group of senior business people that suddenly became very animated about the subject of men’s neck wear. I was tempted to throw in the question of an Ascot an alternative but frankly lacked the courage.

All of the people in the group were over 40 years in age (best guess) and all are senior executives of medium to large size organizations so it was interesting to hear their points of view. Here are some of the comments:

  • Unless you are in the world of Finance then wearing a tie is old fashioned.
  • Marketing people should always dress more casually, but with good quality clothing.
  • A button down shirt with a jacket looks good.
  • A man without a tie at the interview shows he doesn’t care enough to make a good impression.
  • Men should dress professionally and that means wearing a tie.
  • Men wearing ties makes me think they are old f**ts

So here are some of my thoughts:

  • It is always more difficult to find a tie if you don’t have one with you that taking removing one if you feel over dressed.
  • Dress smartly and wear the best quality clothing you have available.
  • Make sure clothing is pressed, lint free and not missing any of the appropriate buttons, zippers, etc.
  • Hair should be neat and washed.
  • If you are wearing leather shoes that should be shined then make sure they are, cover scuff marks if necessary.

So in a nutshell, you have to make the choice but almost everything I hear, other than very recently, is men should wear a tie. Please let us have your feedback.

Good hunting.


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