Success Stories
Dress and Grooming Tips for Job Success
By Undisclosed
We generally believe to be hired because of our skills and abilities, not because of our dress and grooming. BUT like it or not, appearance is important.

Even though many companies have relaxed the internal company dress code, interviews still follow the conservative standard.

Employers hire people they believe will "fit" into their organization. Skills, experience, and qualifications are important, but so are dress and grooming. Your appearance expresses motivation and professionalism. When in doubt, err on the conservative side and make a statement of who you are. Your clothing and grooming should create the image that will help you get the job offer.

First Impressions

Some basic guidelines to follow are:

Be clean and neat, including your fingernails, teeth, shoes, hair and face
Empty pockets-no bulges or tinkling coins/keys, etc.
No gum, candy or cigarettes
Light briefcase or portfolio case
No visible body piercing (noise, eyebrow, tongue, etc.) -wear minimum jewelry and cologne
Arrive ten minutes early and arrive alone
Smile; be friendly
Demonstrate a positive attitude
Use good eye contact
Shake hands firmly
Don't interrupt and don't argue!
Take resumes and/or other pertinent information

The clothes you wear affect all your attitude and confidence levels. When people take the time to dress for success, they tend to feel good about themselves. Image alone will not win the job offer, but it will go along way in building respect.

There are no absolute rules regarding dress. Your selection will vary based on your occupation, location, and preference. A business suit for a construction job or overalls for an office job would not be appropriate dress! The goal is to look the part, and your appearance should be consistent with your occupation. Neat, clean work clothes would be suitable for assembly, production, or warehouse positions. Sales and office positions require business clothes. A conservative suit would be the recommended style for professional and managerial positions.

Common sense and good taste are the best guides in selecting clothing for the interview. Avoid faddish styles and loud colors. Clothing should fit comfortably. You want the employer to focus on your skills, not on your clothes.


Personal grooming is just as important as what you wear. You may select the right clothes, but neglecting personal hygiene can ruin the image you wish to present. Review the following grooming checklist before meeting with the employer.

Hair Clean, trimmed, and neatly combed or arranged.
Facial Hair (men) Freshly shaved; mustache or beard neatly groomed.
Fingernails Neat, clean, and trimmed.
Breath Use a breath mint if needed.
Body Use deodorant. Remove body piercings, tongue rings, and cover tattoos if possible.
Make-up (Women) Use sparingly and be natural looking.
Perfumes/ Colognes Use sparingly or none at all. Your "scent" should not linger after you leave.
When you feel good about yourself, you naturally convey confidence and a positive attitude. These nonverbal messages are as important in the interview as the verbal skills you use in selling your qualifications.