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5 Hot Weather Interview Tips

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So you’ve lined up an interview for a great job. And if you want to be taken seriously as a candidate, that means you’ll be wearing a navy blue or charcoal gray suit. Only problem is, it’s hot as balls and the thought of putting on a dark wool suit to go to your interview sounds like a little slice of hell.
Job interviews are stressful enough, all the interview tips in the world won’t help you if you can’t take the heat. Not the pressure of making a good impression, but the actual heat. The last thing you need is to be sweating bullets during the interview like you just robbed a bank. If you want to make an impression as a guy who’s got everything under control, you need to, quite literally, keep your cool.

So what are you to do? You could wear a lightweight summer suit. Will you get laughed out of the interview room? Maybe not, but you will be competing with your clothes for the interviewer’s attention. Or, even worse, your style judgment, and, by proxy, your overall judgment, will be called into question.The better solution is to play with the cards you’ve been dealt. Now is not the time to indulge your independent streak or set a trend. Stick with the tried and true dark interview suits. Even during the dog days of summer, you can pull off the interview suit without looking like you stopped for a pickup game of basketball on the way to the interview. Here are the five hot weather interview tips that every man ought to know.

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Follow these interview tips and instead of worrying about how you’re sweating like Patrick Ewing at halftime during the interview, you can focus on making a good impression on the interviewer.
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9 thoughts on “5 Hot Weather Interview Tips”

  1. One more tip: Under Armour white undershirts. They do add one more layer, but they wick the sweat from your body and keep your shirt from getting soaked. It’s bad enough getting drenched on your way to an interview or to the office, but having it stick with you for half of the day because your dress shirt stays soaked even after you’ve stopped sweating is the worst.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Great tip, Josh! We couldn’t agree with you more and we’ve even got another story dedicated to the importance of undershirts, which is probably most relevant in the summer time.

  2. Rohil Srivastava says:

    Could you possibly get away with a brown or tan/khaki suit when having a job interview in the summer? If I were to go to a job interview, I would wear one of these suit shirt tie combos, ranked in order of which I would wear them:
    1. Charcoal gray suit, white shirt, burgundy tie

    2. Navy suit, light blue shirt, navy tie

    3. light gray suit, white shirt, black tie

    4. tan/khaki suit, white shirt, red tie

    *everything is solid, only 2-piece suits

    Would these be right, and if not,tell me what to change and what combination you would recommend.

    1. These sound pretty spot on to us! We definitely approve of lighter color and lightweight suits for summer interviews as well. Stay tuned for our Spring/Summer collection launching next Friday—there’s a whole batch of office-ready linen suits coming your way 😉

  3. The Art of Shaving says:

    These tips are great! I have interviewed dozens of people at my work and each of these items would help the interviewees greatly. And you’re right about this – there’s nothing wrong with being early to an interview.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad you found these to be good tips. Here’s to more people using them!

  4. These are excellent tips for interviewing. Some of these tips are just great for every day! I sweat really badly, so I’ll be trying out the Anthony’s Body Defense. Thanks for the post it was very helpful!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad we could help you out, Jody. Never let ’em see you sweat!

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