Shined shoes, nice watch and other GQ tips for job interview

Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm

It's a good tactic to try to be noticed at a job interview for your skills and achievements. But not your clothes or grooming habits. Casual Fridays have pushed workplace attire to its limits, with jeans, polo shirts and other weekend clothing the norm at work, but that doesn't make it a good idea for a job candidate.

"We live in a casual culture. We're all in jeans all of the time," said Mark Jeffries, a career expert and author of "What's up with your handshake?" That's not enough in applying for a job, Jeffries told me in an interview. Job candidates must ask themselves how they want to be perceived, he said.