Dressing For Success

Most of us are very close to graduating. I know that word brings a whole mix of emotions but its unavoidable. College will eventually end and we will have to enter the workforce. After all, we need a way to pay off all of our school loans from going to a private school. Here are 10 very important tips for dressing for your next job interview from forbes.com. You can find the full article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/06/20/how-to-dress-for-your-next-job-interview/

1. Thoroughly research the company’s culture/typical dress code within the industry. The article suggests calling the Human Resources office of the company to find out what the appropriate attire is for daily work and for an interview.

2. Invest in a “power outfit.” Personally, you don’t have to tell me to buy a new outfit twice. However, they suggest that you buy multiple power outfits incase you have multiple outfits. The article also suggests your outfits should be comfortable. If you are uncomfortable, everyone will notice.

3. Invest in comfortable, work-appropriate shoes. Again, you don’t have to tell me to buy shoes again. They suggested you wear closed toed shoes that are comfortable, conservative, appropriate, and add to your overall appearance.

4. Have your interview outfits tailored and dry cleaned. This seems like a small detail that doesn’t matter. In fact, skipping this step could save you money. But its amazing how much better your clothes look after a good dry cleaning.

5. Test-drive your interview outfit. Its one thing to love an outfit in the store and another to love it at home. After you buy your outfits, wear them at home and make sure you are comfortable doing everything in them. This way you know exactly how your new clothes feel before wearing them in the interview.

6. Do not wear perfume or fragrances. You don’ t want to take the chance of your interviewer to be allergic to your fragrance or just not like it at all. You want to be the first impression. Not your scent.

7. Pay attention to accessories. You shouldn’t wear very much jewelry. What jewelry you do wear shouldn’t be too big or flashy.

8. Be aware of your posture and body language. This is part of your overall look. Your body language should be just as confident as your clothes. You should have good eye contact, firm handshake, sit straight, etc.

9. Pay attention to your grooming as much as your outfit. “Your hair should be neat, and fingernails should be clean,” Ferguson Hodges says. I think this is pretty self explanatory but very important.

10. Continue dressing for success, even after you land the job. Everyone has heard the saying, “Dress for the job you want not the job you have.” If you want to move up in the company, dress like your bosses do. Don’t dress like your peers.


5 thoughts on “Dressing For Success

  1. This was really interesting. Some of it I had heard before, but alot of it I hadn’t. I think two things that really stuck with me are that you should “test-drive” the outfit before you wear it to an interview and that you should “dress like your boss, not your peers,”


  2. aes11a says:

    This is a great post! It really looks at all the different ways to dress for success. My favorite one was “invest in a power outfit.” I think that dressing well makes you feel more confident and if you know you are in a new outfit that looks good on you, you can walk in with your head a little higher and you be a little more confident during the actual interview. I really liked reading al the tips.


  3. Margo Herrera says:

    I really enjoyed reading this blog post! I was a little sad to see that nike shorts and tee shirts aren’t on that list of things to wear once you have landed the job. Just kidding…well not really. Clothes and personal grooming really do make a difference and play a big role in that first interview. I like how the list didn’t say to just wear something cute, but instead gave good points and information on how you should dress and why.


  4. kalitimmerman says:

    I enjoyed reading these tips. It’s crazy to think that we will all have to join the workforce sooner than we think. As a girl, I think it’s in our DNA to love shopping and dressing well. I never thought about not wearing perfume for interviews and at work, I always pride myself in smelling like Michael Kors! I also like the “dress like your boss, don’t dress like your peers comment.” Very much common sense but something that doesn’t come straight to mind when you think about dressing for a professional workplace.


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