How to dress for a Job Interview: Sampson Mapp

What is the number one mistake you see man make when going to a job interview?
Going to a job interview in the first place ha ha this may seem counterintuitive, but in all actuality, we need more entrepreneurs and fewer employees (especially among African-Americans, if I may add). Nevertheless, the first mistake men make is not doing their research. You want to have a general knowledge of the employer and specific knowledge about the place you’re applying for. Knowledge of the company also gives you a sense of direction; what to wear to your interview. If you’re applying for a corporate job on Wall Street oppose to a fast food restaurant or retail store, you want to dress appropriately for your interview. Which brings me to my next point, appearance. A lot of men have a hard time when it comes selecting the right the right outfit for an interview. If you don’t know what to wear stick with the basics; white shirt, black tie, black jacket/slacks, black shoes and a black tie. You can’t go wrong with that. We all know how important first impressions are and that first impression is determined by your wardrobe. So fellas, be confident, dress well and kill that S**T!

What color suit is appropriate for an interview?
As I stated before, you can’t go wrong with a navy blue or and all black suit., but, if you’re going to go with the navy blue suit, make sure you have a nice pair of brown shoes (preferably wingtips) and belt. Wearing a navy blue suit allows you to wear that perfect “power tie”. A Power tie usually does the talking for you! It’s a boss tie (now readers discretion is advised, only wear this tie when you’re confident in obtaining this job, you can’t wear a power tie and not be assertive). With the black suit, black shoes, white shirt, black tie, and belt is enough.

Who is your favorite businessman?
My favorite businessman would happen to be my oldest brother Sean Oliver Mapp. He is a complete “beast” when it comes to running his business. He gets the job done with minimal input and still manages to maximize his output. He is both a hard and smart worker. Heck, he’s the reason why I started my own business.

How do you stay inspired in your business when life has the upper hand?
This is going to sound extremely clich√© but I’ll say it anyways, when you find something you love doing, you’ll never have to work again. I am truly inspired by my work and the work of others. That’s what creation is all about and that’s why I marvel at the sight of it.

Did you grow up with a large family?
No. Growing up it was just me, my three brothers and my mother. Eventually, the wolf pack grew when our close friends pretty much moved in.

What’s the biggest city you’ve been to?
New York City!

What’s your most favorite city to visit?
I can’t answer that question effectively being that I haven’t traveled much. I mean truth be told, I never even left the country and I’ve only been to five different states outside of NY.

What city do you have on your list to go to before you die?
I would love to go to Paris and Tokyo (even though it’s considered a province).

What advice would you give another dreamer looking to succeed?
“A wise man once said nothing because he was busy doing” – Sampson Mapp. Just go for it, and enjoy the journey!

How can we follow you online?
Instagram – tinue_
Snapchat – mappsampson5


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