Job Seeker's Tools! Interviewing? Think Big! Dress for Your Potential!

As many of you know, I write success stories and valuable tips in my weekly blogs to help job seekers through career transition. As a Career Coach, I write professional resumes and coach all levels of professionals with Interview Preparation, Social Networking, Networking and Salary Negotiating.

The first interview success story, I’d like to share with you is from one of my own experiences.  The second interview success story is an experience I observed in one of my workshops, as a facilitator. Sound interesting?  Read on… 

I remember sitting in an office at a call center for about 45 minutes waiting to be interviewed for a trainer position. I had never been in a call center before. I had done all of my interview preparation before attending, so I kind of had an idea of what to expect. I even went as far as looking into employment aptitude testing, just in case they were going to ask me to do some maths questions. Maths isn't my strong point. I did feel over dressed, but I knew I was comfortable, so that's what mattered. I was wearing a mid-length navy blue skirt, white blouse and a matching navy jacket with nylons and 1-inch pump healed shoes. I was wearing the perfect outfit for your typical job interview. Right? Well, in the call center environment most employees were dressed very casual. Let's make this long story short...

I felt so over dressed!  But, guess what happened next. I interviewed and landed the Job!

Tip #1. You cannot be too over dressed.  Ladies and gentlemen, wear a business suit to the job interview.


The second  interview success story is about Joseph. I was facilitating one of my weekly, 40 hour classes to 20 new hire trainees on how to become a Call Center Operator.  This 5-day workshop provided training on the topics of Human Resources, Customer Service, Quality Standards and Internal Software for the call center computer systems.  The new hire trainees were not required to dress up for training classes and I told the class this on the first day.

Joseph was an operator trainee. He dressed for success to a 5-day “New Hire Training Workshop” with the intention to land an interview for a higher position. Joseph dressed for his potential!

On the first Monday morning of the new hire training class, I noticed Joseph, one of the new hire trainees, all dressed up in a business suit.  He continued to wear a business suit all week for five days.

I asked him, “Why do you get dressed up in a business suit for training?”  He said “I wear a business suit because I have call center supervisor experience and I heard there’s a supervisor position open. I want to be considered a candidate for this position.” 

Joseph got an interview and landed the supervisor job directly out of training.

Are you applying for a job or jobs you know you may be over qualified? If so, think big.  Do further research on the company. Get to know the internal scoop by joining conversations on Twitter. Seek out networking contacts on LinkedIn.  And, "Dress for your potential,"  in the interview and beyond.

Tip #2.  Remember, “Think big, think success,” when dressing up for the job interview and beyond.  Dress the role you want to be noted for.  If you’re applying for a trainee role and you’re interested in moving up the ranks, show the interviewer you are management material and ready to take the challenge. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you're an Executive with a success story you'd like to share, please email your story to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 


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