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What color tie should I wear?

August 11, 2011

Here is your interviewer waiting for you to say something brilliant.

So I like to wear suits to see patients, it is one of those things.  I’m not a white coat guy. Fodder for another post.

Today I am going to get going on what you should wear on your interview.  Lets just assume for a moment that everything will work out and you will get lots of interviews.  What color tie do you wear, how do you wear it.  How are you going to impress your interviewer above?

Tie Knot

The four most commonly used tie knots are the four-in-hand knot, the half-Windsor knot, the Windsor knot and the Pratt knot. All of them are just fine for interviews.  Avoid the bow tie for now.  When you are famous you can let the bow tie fly.

The tie tip should just touch the buckle of your belt.

Tie Color and Pattern

Boring ties are the way to go.  Everyone likes red which is fine, just go for a burgundy red.  Neat patterns work well.  Solid color is just fine.

You may see me with bow ties with snazzy jackets but leave those at home for your interview.

Tweed, tie bars and handkerchiefs look terrific on some but you may not want your interviewers to think to much about what you are wearing.

Tie Fabric
Silk.

Tie Accessories
I’m not a fan of tie bars, tie tacks etc.

Now if I am talking to you and you are looking at me like this with this crazy but admittedly well made suit I’m not sure what to think…

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The views expressed in this post are those of Kenneth Christopher, MD and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dr. Christopher’s employer Partners HealthCare.

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