How to Win Your First Job Interview

Job Interview

Your first car, your first pay check, your first raise, these are things in life that is worth dreaming. But before dreaming big, you have to start somewhere. Job interviews are inevitable if you want to land the job of your dreams. It’s that moment that could make or break your career and your life.

Job Competition

It’s okay to feel anxious! It happens to the best of us. Did you know that job interview is one of the top phobias in the world? Well, the anxiety that you are feeling is more common than you thought. Cut the crap, face your fears and own the job you want. The question is, how?

In this competitive world, it’s always better to be a cut above the rest. There are two factors you need to consider: the superficial and the substantial. These two should equally jive with one another.

Suits

The superficial aspect of your job interview is all about how you look. It extends to everything that meets the eye, including the design of your resume. The substantial portion is how you answer the questions, your little gestures, and ultimately what is written in your curriculum vitae.

The Superficial

“Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” This is the golden rule of corporate wear. You have to wear something that would send a message across the interviewee that you are the right man for the job.

Astronaut Job Interview

The quote DOES NOT apply to astronauts!

Do away with distracting accessories. Save the loud pocket squares for your celebration when you get the job. For now, you have to wear something safe… but not boring. Remember, colors also play a huge part in the interviewees psyche. Wear something that soothes the senses. A solid blue tie is the best way to go while white is the safest shirt color.

Blue Suit with Red Striped Tie

I’d hire this guy.

Safe White Shirt

White shirts are the safest.

Khaki Suit with Blue Tie

If this guy shows up in my office asking for a job, I’d probably resign and give him the one I have.

Be sure to groom properly. Clip your nails, have a good haircut, shave, take a good shower and always remember to brush your teeth.

Brushing

When a person is nervous, his stomach produces more acids, thus increasing the probability of bad breath. Be sure to brush your teeth and gargle extensively.

Remember to shine your shoes the night before. All leathers in your body should be of the same family of colors.

If you usually sport earrings or other jewellery except for a wedding ring or a watch, remove it. The wedding ring actually connotes loyalty and stability for men while the watch connotes punctuality and promptness.

Earrings

Hire or fire?

The Substantial

Looks are just 50 percent of an effective job interview. Of course, you have to make sure that you are not just a mascot but actually the right man for the job. Review your qualifications for the job and learn more about the organization. You must be able to briefly discuss more about yourself and argue effectively why you they should hire you.

You should also be aware of your small gestures during the job interview. Slouching, fidgeting and crossing your arms are absolute no-nos. When shaking your hands, have a firm grip. Never forget to smile.

Firm Handshake with a Smile

Actions speak louder than words, thus, you don’t need to worry about “how average” your resume is. It’s all about how you present it and how you carry yourself. Confidence is the key to everything. Always remember that you are unique in your own way and you can be an asset for the company. If they reject you, don’t feel bad. It’s their loss not yours.

Hats, Hats, Hats: A Modern Man’s Guide to Headpiece

Mad Men - Don

When the 35th American President, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated in 1961, he made history in the fashion world with a single act. Not only did he immortalize the saying, “…ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country,” but also did away with hats in his first day in office. As the legend suggests, this small act of the former president slowly killed the hat industry.

John F. Kennedy Hat Legend

Suddenly, men of the 60s stopped wearing hats. Some would say that since then, the poor little accessory that kept a man’s head warm has been abandoned in the dark closet.

Bowler and Bowl Cut

From the bowler to the bowl-cut: the evolution of 60s man

Many believe that the days of hats are over. We disagree. Hats are back! Although not back in its glory days in formal wear, it is slowly gaining momentum in the casual wear.

Harry Styles Wearing a Fedora

Harry Styles of One Direction sporting a fedora. Can’t get any hipper than that!

Aside from protection from the sun, warming your head in cold weather, and hiding a bad-hair day, hats are very powerful in building an image. Now let us delve more into the wonderful world of men’s hats. Check out these awesome hats that are hip and classy at the same time.

The Fedora

Bruno Mars' Signature Look

The term fedora was in use as early as 1891. It gained popularity in 1924, after influential man of fashion, King Edward began sporting one. A handful of artists and celebrities have worn it becoming part and parcel of their image.

Michael Jackson's Signature Pose

Guess who?

Bowler, Derby, and Trilby…

These are all variations of men’s fedora. The names are sometimes used interchangeably and there’s only a minute difference between each of them. Trilby hats have smaller brims of no more than a 2″ as compared to other fedoras. Bowler hats, as the name suggest, have rounded crowns. Derby hats were coined as such after an American hatter noticed that many men sporting them are always present in English derby races. So it’s just a matter of nomenclature than style.

Al Pacino in Hat

That hat completes the Al Pacino swagger.

Panama

Panamas and Fedoras are confusingly similar. Nonetheless, the rim of a fedora curls up while the rim of a panama hat is straight. More importantly, panamas are often made from plaited leaves of the Toquila plant. Last year, the UNESCO declared panama’s weaving as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.

Sir Ian McKellen in Panama Hat

Sir Ian Mckellen in a panama hat.

The Flat Cap

It is a rounded cap with a stiff brim and a small visor in front. It is traditionally made of wool, tweed and cotton. Just like the Fedora, the flat cap has a number of variations.

Brad Pitt in  Newsboy Cap

Brad Pitt in his signature hat

The Newsboy, Ascot, Flatcap, Gatsby…

These caps belong to the same family where the body of the cap is round and there is a stiff peak in front. It’s okay to get confused with these terminologies, but let’s distinguish one from the other for the sake of posterity.

     1.    The Newsboy;

The Newsboy

     2.    The Ascot;

The Ascot

     3.    The Flat Cap; and

The Flatcap

     4.    The Gatsby

The Gatsby

They differ in the size of the brim, visor and the fluffiness of the body. Now it’s up to you as to which one suits your taste.

Beanie

Beanies are head-hugging brimless caps that are, more often than not, without any visors. These are perfect on casual wear but be careful wearing them in formal events.

Beckham's Beanie

Give anyone an oversized beanie and a leather jacket and they’re good to go.

MMC Urban Beanie

Urban Beanie from ModernManCollection.com

Hats can build an image. If you want to stand out in a crowd wear something that is not worn by many. You don’t need to always conform to what is trendy and popular. Build up your own style and let others follow suit. These hats might be just what you’re looking for.

The Dreaded Step: Meeting Her Folks

Meet the Parents

Meeting your girl’s parents for the first time? This is a serious step in a relationship as it signifies the end of mere casual dating. A lot of guys fear meeting their partner’s folks.

Bang

Caution! This may or may not happen.

You worry whether they will like you or not or on how you will act around them or what gift to bring them. It is normal for a guy to feel this way. However, it’s not always as scary as it seems. So guys, ace the first meeting and win the hearts of your girl’s parents by following these.

Get a favorable impression. First impressions always count and you definitely want to impress her parents in the first meeting. How then will you make a good impression on them? First, it’s best to know who you are dealing with. Ask your girl about them. This will give you an idea of what kind of parents they are and this will also give you good topics for conversation. Cultures and traditions may be different between you so this will be helpful in knowing what topics to avoid.

Parents

A background check would suffice. You don’t want to be in for a large surprise.

Dress appropriately. Looks can be an important factor in creating the first impression. So care enough to dress up. Also, dressing properly is a way of showing respect to them. Consider the place where you are meeting to know if you need to wear something formal or if something casual would be okay. What’s appropriate depends also on their tradition. But certainly you got to look fresh and clean so you better take a shower first. Then go for clean, properly ironed and well-fitted clothes. Make sure they are free of stains or wrinkles.

Dress to Impress

Dress up extra sharp for the occasion

Have a good conversation. Be interested and pay attention to the things they talk about. Ask them about their daughter; this will give them the favorable impression that you’re really interested in her. Also, share some things about yourself to let them know just who their daughter is with. And if you have a difference of opinion, you may say it, but make sure to say it in a respectful manner. Keep the conversation polite and just skip the dirty jokes.

Good Conversation

“Oh she got her eyes from this dude, now I can’t unsee.”

Treat your girl extra special. Parents pay close attention to how you treat their daughter. Hence when you’re around them, make sure to treat their daughter extra nice. This is a way of proving to them your good intentions. Observe them for clues about what other actions are acceptable to them.  But hold back on public displays of affection or the so-called PDA. So avoid being a little too touchy and save that when you and your girl are alone.

Gentleman

Be a gentleman

Be yourself. Try to be true and act natural. Don’t double the trouble. Getting too nervous will do no good and may even lead to problems itself. Just relax and put on your best behavior.

Meet the Parents - Don't be Nervous

Just relax… breathe in, breathe out.

The first meeting with the parents might not be perfect or they might not like you right away. But hey, it is just the first meeting. You should not feel bad if it doesn’t go perfectly. Just plan another visit when some time has passed.

The Crotch Wars: Boxers or Briefs?

Boxer Clothesline

You can learn a lot about a person from his underwear. Just because these items are not always exposed to the public’s eye, doesn’t mean that you don’t give any attention to it at all. Don’t ever underestimate them. Some of you may not notice it, but women also judge us by our undies. It’s one of those little things that can make or break that moment.

Judgemental Look

Sometimes, we are defined by the things we keep. Thus, your underwear says a lot about you. Those bacon garters must go!

Dirty Briefs

There’s an age-old war that has been happening for generations. Two underwear factions are out to get each other’s neck. We guys are lucky for having so many options. The question is which side are you on?

Boxers Weigh In

In the blue corner, hailing from the factories of Everlast in 1925, the boxer.

Striped Boxer

Its signature move: the “Free Willy.” Boxers provide high levels of natural comfort and freedom as compared against other male undergarments. Boxers also offer easy access in times of need. Wear one and feel the breeze underneath.

Free Willy

Let your 3-ton Orca Whale free!!

Of course, the boxer has its weak points. Boxers are prone to accidental peen slip.  In addition, the worst downside is boxers can’t handle are awkward public boners. We’ve all been there, and it’s the worst feeling in the world.

Awkward Boner

Boxers dominated the crotch arena ‘til the 40s until another contender rose from the ranks.

In the red corner, hailing from the warehouses of Coopers Inc in 1935, the brief.

White Briefs

It brags what boxers lack, safety and protection. When in briefs, you can do anything without worrying about dribbling balls. Briefs contend that wearing it will make any man sexy as proven by Tom Cruise in Risky Business (1983) and Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future (1985). But of course, ‘sexy’ is subjective.

Michael J Fox in Briefs

Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future (1985).

 

Tom Cruise in Risky Business

Tom Cruise in Risky Business (1983)

What’s the catch in wearing briefs? A “scientific study” that is yet to be busted. It was alleged that briefs reduces sperm count.

Not everyone is aware that a love child between these two factions was born. The boxer brief offers best of both worlds. It’s like a boxer but tighter-fitting. It’s like a brief but less skimpy.

Mark Whalberg Boxer Briefs

As the saying goes, “from the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first.” Thus underwear is the alpha and the omega of clothing. Who wins this epic battle of the crotches? It should be your balls. Choose wisely.

The Modern Man’s Crown

Barbershop

A good hairstyle is indispensable to a modern man. Some of the most iconic men are known for their hairstyles.  Who could ever forget Elvis Presley’s pompadour;

Elvis Presley's Pampadour

David Beckham’s faux hawk;

David Beckham's Faux Hawk

David Hasselhoff’s hoff;

David Hasselhoff

 …and Justin Bieber’s side swept bangs?

Justin Beiber

These hairstyles may not be the conventional haircut at their time, but it did put these men to where they are right now.

Through the ages, men brush up their hair to look good and to attract the opposite sex. Psychologists deduced that a brushed-up hair connotes a subconscious phallic symbol, thus the sexual aura. For more pragmatic reasons, a brushed-up hair illuminates the face. Nothing is better-looking than a well-groomed guy.

Men's Hairstyles

Men’s hairstyle is complicated. We all know that guy who takes an hour or two fixing his hair in front of the mirror. Heck, you might be that guy we are referring to. But that’s okay.  Looking good for the people around you is not a bad thing.

Fixing Hair

Haircuts are funny in old pictures even if it’s just 2 or 3 years ago. We all had that embarrassing photo in our high school yearbook (and burning them won’t undo the horror that is your hair). The best way is to learn from past hair mistakes. They say it’s okay to have one silly hairstyle in your lifetime. But that doesn’t mean you have to sport one all throughout your life. Always endeavour to look your best. Update your haircut once in a while.

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps, before the medals, has the dorkiest hair.

Adam Sandler Afro

Afro Adam Sandler.

2013 is the year of the smooth and sleek. Check out some of these hairstyles that may look good on you.

The Peaked Side Crop

Peaked Side Crop

Evolving from the military crop haircut, the peaked side crop has become a classic among men. Most fashionable yet conservative men opt for this haircut because it is classy yet edgy at the same time. It is suitable for men with strong facial features such as wide jaw line.

Short and Tapered Fade

Gary Barlow

Re-popularized by Take That lead singer Gary Barlow, the Short and Tapered Fade cut was said to be one of the most sought-after hairstyles of 2013. The haircut is clean yet it has a dash of rocker vibes to it. It looks good on guys with round face and wide forehead.

The Straight Blow Back

Justin Beiber Brush Up

The Straight Blow Back is also known as Justin Bieber’s new hair. This is popular among teenagers nowadays. If you want to look hip and young try brushing your hair upwards. The higher, the better!

The High Blow Back

Zayn Malik's High Blow Back

The High Blow Back is an evolution of the classic pompadour. It is edgier than the Peaked Side Crop and is likewise popular with today’s youths. This is perfect for guys who are not confined in the conservative field of work.

The Thick Side Comb

Justin Timberlake

This haircut has been around for many years and it still oozes charm and sophistication.  You need blowers and a round brush to pull this off. Nonetheless, if Justin Timberlake’s ramen-noodle hair can do it, then so can yours! Firstly, you have to find out where your good angle is. Take selfies, or ask your closest friend which side looks better.

The Quiff

The Quiff David Beckham 2The Quiff David BeckhamThe Quiff Short

Everyone can pull of the Quiff. Just like the Short and Tapered Fade, the quiff exudes that old-school rocker vibe without compensating sharpness and neatness. The Quiff varies depending on the length of the hair. A lot of male icons have sported the Quiff. To name a few, there is Elvis Presley, James Dean, David Beckham, and Bruno Mars. Even fictional characters like Tintin from the series The Adventures of Tintin and Edward Cullen of the Twilight saga donned the look. If you want something new for your hairdo, try the Quiff.

Styling hair is not anymore confined to women. It never was. Since the beginning of time, men are conscious with their hair as much as women are. Don’t be afraid to experiment with a new hair. Just be sure that it matches your confidence and personality.

The Modern Man’s Best Friend

Dress Shoes

Fact: good shoes take you to good places. It has been a well-established doctrine that a person can be judged by the shoes he is wearing. It’s not about the brand or the price of the shoe but how that particular shoe is being treated. A shoe that is well taken care of reflects the personality of its owner. A clean shoe connotes that the person wearing it takes himself seriously and minds what others think of him.

Tassled Loafers

Now that you have invested on a shoe for your climb upwards the corporate ladder, it’s time to learn how to preserve this treasure. In this dog-eat-dog world, your shoe is your best friend. With it, you can kick ass.

In a man’s wardrobe, shoes work the hardest. Just like most of us, your shoes need a break to breathe at least a day after a hard day’s work. Yes, we are aware that not everyone has the luxury of owning two pairs of identical shoes. It is highly impractical, if not, foolish. But this is the basic premise of shoe care: it needs to breathe. Thus, you need a shoe tree.

Cedar Shoe Tree

No. Not that kind of shoe tree although it would have been really awesome if shoes actually grow on trees.

Cedar Shoetrees

Cedar Wood Shoe Tree

Shoe tree is a device placed inside a shoe to preserve its shape. It is available in other materials such as plastic or metal. The best shoe trees are made of Cedar wood because it also absorbs moisture and odor. Do away with those fancy varnished ones because they don’t suck up moisture like the unvarnished ones.

crumpled newspaper

Here’s a great alternative if you don’t have a shoe tree at home. Crumple newspapers and stuff it inside the shoe. Newspaper effectively draws out moisture the same way as a cedar wood shoe tree. Take note however that over-stuffing your shoe might disfigure it more.

Torn winter boots

A torn shoe smiles on the outside, but is weeping on the inside.

Shoes are always exposed to the ordinary wear and tear caused by the harmful elements everywhere. Those stubborn dusts and grime can crystallize on the hard-to-reach edges of your shoes permanently damaging it. The best remedy is to polish it regularly.

Polishing Shoes

Firstly, brush off some superficial dirt and stains on the shoe. Apply some good ol’ Kiwi Shoe Polish on all sides with a clean rag. The best way to polish your shoe is by inserting your hand in it. After applying wax on all parts, gently brush it with a horse hair brush until the wax is dry. Never put wax under the soles of the shoe if you don’t want to trip on the floor every time you walk.

Kiwi Shoe Polish

Want it extra shiny? Ferociously buff your shoes with your wife or your girlfriend’s pantyhose. Marvel how those things actually work.

Pantyhose

Hey babe, I don’t need the cuffs… just the pantyhose.

Always maintain your investment. Shoe care is not that complicated but it needs dedication. A man’s legacy is often associated with his shoes. When you are new to a job, you are often told that you have a big shoe to fill. Figuratively, once you become the established person to transmit his shoe to another, make sure that it is clean and shiny.