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Dress for Success

Asian woman across table from another person in a job interview

Determining how people perceive you will have a positive effect on your career and your mental state.   When you get that job interview, it is important that you wear the proper attire because you want to make ta great first impression.  I have outlined some basic guidelines on how you should dress for a job interview. 

  • The first thing one would do is to explore what the company looks like.  Try doing this by visiting their website.  The site may have some photographs of current employees.  Observe what they are wearing.  You want to be able to fit in. 
  • If the company’s dress code is formal, you will need to dress up a little bit.  You may not want to wear flashy colors.  You may have to tone it down on the jewelry.  You must be presentable but not distracting.  You may be required to cover tattoos, piercings, clip down long nails (and not paint nails bold colors, you may need to use a neutral color of nail polish). 
  • It is important that we present ourselves in a way that will leave the most favorable feeling with the person we have just encountered. 
  • a first impression is a form of nonverbal communication, you must be ready for snap judgements and prepared to turn them in your favor. 
  • Two published studies out of the UK and Turkey reported that people make a judgement on us in just three seconds; and better yet, if we’re dressed right they’ll assume we’re “confident, successful, flexible and a higher earner.” 

Some of the links below will provide you with a better understanding of why it is important to dress appropriately for job interviews. 

Judy Jones

Judy is a certified Career Facilitator. She has worked with many patrons over the past four years assisting them in writing effective resumes and cover letters. She has guided individuals through the online job application process and has helped them register for Ohio Means Jobs. If you need assistance or would like to send her your resume for review, please email her at If you would like to call her to book an appointment, please call 330-744-8636. Judy in also an avid Anglophile! She likes to read British History, fiction and non-fiction, likes to watch TV shows and movies related to British History and often likes to pick at the historical accuracy of such shows.