Top Denver Staffing Agencies – Your Appearance Is Part of The Package

  • Posted by: J. Kent Gervasini |
  • 10/24/12 |
  • 5:29 PM
Top Denver Staffing Agencies – Your Appearance Is Part of The Package

One thing remains true among Denver staffing and hiring managers, you will not get a second chance to make a strong first impression. Your appearance is one part of a package that includes education, work history, technical qualifications, and general skills and abilities. Therefore, when Denver companies are making a decision between you and the many other applicants, the way you present yourself could be a positive, influencing factor. 

Why is Proper Attire Important?                                                 
It’s not vanity on the part of the employer to judge you, but it is a natural part of thinking. In the book Blink, Malcolm Gladwell explains that it takes “about two seconds to jump to a series of conclusions.” A hiring manager's error of judgment could occur within the first two seconds of meeting you. Dressing for the part demonstrates your self-respect and the respect you hold for the employer.


Professional dress during an interview shows you are:

  1. taking the interview seriously,
  2. prepared in advance for the interview, and
  3. willing to exceed the employer’s expectations.

Convey an Image of Success - Professionalism, Authority, and Competence
As a prospective employee, you want to convey the right image during the interview. As you think about the job expectations, position requirements and reach, consider the following items.  

  • Dress for Your Body Type.  When we say you will be judged based on your appearance this doesn’t mean you should go out and buy a new expensive suit, however, you should dress appropriately based on your body type. If you have recently lost or put on weight, then you need to own a jacket and slacks that fit you best. Consult a tailor or review a magazine such as Real Men Real Style. For example, a jacket should lay flat across your chest, the shirt sleeves should break at the wrist, and the shirt cuff should show a little. If your pants are too short and your jacket can’t be buttoned, you look less professional than if your clothes fit, regardless of your size.
  • Wrinkle Free - A Must.  Iron. Take the suit and shirt to the dry cleaner. A starched crisp shirt exudes care and attention to detail—a little effort goes a long way in this area. Most importantly, it sends the right message to the interviewer.
  • Solid Pattern, Understated - Crisp, Clean, Neat.  Avoid flashy or brightly colored shirts, ties or panty hose, and shoes.
  • Accessorizing - Keep it Simple!  Earrings, necklaces, and bracelets should be simple, elegant, and sound free. If you can hear your earrings dangle when you walk, get rid of them. If you talk with your hands and a bracelet is distracting from your words, an interviewer will be the first to notice. Men should be earring free.
  • Cologne / Perfume - Just Don't.  Both men and women should be cologne / perfume free because the hiring manager could be allergic to your body spray and that is a pretty fast way to repel someone you want to impress.

Industry Specific Dress
J. Kent Staffing Managers often hear, What about dressing for an interview within the tech industries or a fun marketing firm? The general philosophy holds true; dress professionally. It’s always better to be professionally dressed and impress your future boss.

 Image of Success Tips

Tip #1
Keep your suit jacket pressed and sweat free by leaving it on a hanger in your car
until you are walking into an interview.

Tip #2 
A ready-to-to interview outfit will eliminate stress so you can use your pre-interview
time to continue to hone your interview presentation, in response to the question,
"Tell Me About Yourself."

Tip #3

 Build a great wardrobe. Use interview suits after you are hired by mixing and matching your pants with different color shirts and jackets, creating many outfits out of a few pieces.


The information in the article above is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional, legal, and/or accounting advice.

Sources: Real Men, Real Style Magazine

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