Last week, I went out for some drinks with a few of my cousins and we started talking about the job search. Somehow, the topic of dressing for success, while working from home was brought up in the conversation. My older cousin, Steven, thinks that people should always dress like they are in the office when working from home, and argues that they will perform better because of it. I disagreed. While working from home, I’ve been productive and successful while wearing gym clothes. A comfortable Corn On The Job, is a happy and successful Corn On The Job.
Naturally, the conversation got me thinking about how people dress for phone screens.
I’m sure there are plenty of studies that go against my opinion, but I wear whatever I want, or I should say, whatever I’m wearing that day for phone screens. If a suit and tie makes me more professional, but takes away from my personality and how I really am, do I want that? No. I want a company to feel my personality through the phone, and let my experience and ability to talk about that experience be the resulting factor. Will wearing long socks and uncomfortable dress shoes get me the job? I don’t think so.
What are people saying on Twitter?
I wanted to gain the opinion of some friends on Twitter, so I popped this question:
Do you dress up for phone interviews? Does it affect your performance if you don’t? Let me hear it.
Snazzy Phone Screen Dressers
- @WhatsWithDiane – I work better from home when I’m dressed and made up. PJ’s are cool but don’t feel right after 7 a.m.
- @JennyGuerrero – I find that the closer to a face to face interview it is (including attire & surroundings) the better I perform.
- @GraceKBoyle – I always like to shower, get ready and dress nicely for phone interviews. Mentally, it makes me prepared and equipped.
- @RobinSchooling – If I didn’t I would ‘feel’ less prepared. Part of the process for me is being in the right mind-set/serious. PJs don’t cut it
- @jamesledbetter – It’s always better to dress for success even if u r the only one who sees u
Comfortable Phone Screen Dressers
- @ImSoSarah – I work best in yoga pants and a tank top. On extra fancy days – Jeans.
- @Jon_Hyland – Sweats and a t-shirt is my preferred work-from-home attire. Clothes don’t really affect my personality
- @marenhogan – No and no.
- @TrinaWardell – I’m w/ @marenhogan – no and no – provided I am prepared (research, etc) my perf is gr8 even in PJ’s!