Job Interview First Impressions: Dressing the Part Really Does Make a Difference

first impressions on a job interviewYou could be blowing the job interview before you even leave the house. Jacqueline Whitmore, author of Poised for Success: Mastering The Four Qualities That Distinguish Outstanding Professionals, and founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach, says how people – especially women — dress at work is more important than you think.

“You may think that focusing on appearance as part of your career strategy sounds superficial — that we should be judged for our intelligence and experience, not our style,” Whitmore says. “But will someone really want to listen to you if you look dull, boring, meek, and frumpy? Sure, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but sadly, that’s not how the workforce works.”

And, that perception begins well before you land the job, too. According to an infographic featured at TheUndercoverRecruiter.com, 65 percent of bosses indicate that clothes could be a deciding factor between two almost-identical candidates.

So how can you dress the part and get the job? Here are Whitmore’s work wardrobe strategies:Continue Reading

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