Women’s Job Interview – Surprisingly Simple “Dress for Success” Secrets

We all know it, but we may not want to say it: first impressions make a difference. “Dress for Success” is not only a cliché. No matter how qualified you are for a position, if you don’t follow a few time-tested rules of “ensemble etiquette,” it could make the difference between looking like an average candidate … or like that unforgettable, “put-together,” professional that gets asked back for a second interview.

  1. Dress codes are there for a reason. Different industries, different regions, and different types of companies all have different “rulebooks” of dress. If you want to show a perfect fit for a company, show them an obvious understanding for appropriate attire.
  2. What job do you “ultimately” want? Don’t just think about today, but about your future. If you want to be corporate vice president, then dress like it. Dress up a notch from the position in which you are applying. Without saying it, you’re telling your interviewer “I’m on the way up!”
  3. Accessories are just that: accessories. Certainly, there are plenty of “attention getting” earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and so on, but this is one area where simpler is better. When in doubt, go with the classics … something tasteful, without drawing focus.job interview attire
  4. A tasteful, practical bag. Back to the “keep it simple” rule. A “dress for success” safe choice is a gallery tote, professional looking, but big enough to carry a few extra resumes without getting crumpled – and any other typical daily necessities.
  5. Pointy pumps with a slight edge. It’s easy to go over the top with shoes. Don’t. Your shoes should give you confidence and comfort. Watching a woman “balancing” through the office in awkward high heels will certainly leave a first impression – but possibly a last one! Classy pointy pumps with a 2 1/2″ heel present a put-together woman who can walk the edge, but not over it.