The economy is tough, and the job market–especially for those of us over 50–is even tougher. But, if you’re looking to get back into the workforce, or just hankering for a new opportunity, standing out from the crowd is crucial.

So make a fabulous first impression by wearing a fantastic interview outfit that will knock their boots (or pumps) off and make them beg you to take the job!

Jacqui Stafford--use thisTo get some ideas on how to look cool, confident and current, I asked fashion guru, TV personality, and best-selling author of The Wow Factor, to give me some tips on how to pull together outfits that will dazzle them with your style (not to mention your beautiful brains!).

Jacqui shared her secrets about the power of single breasted suits, adding a spark of color, and for sure . . . having that perfect power bag! We had so much fun together that I decided to turn our style chatfest into the latest segment of The Best of Everything video series for the AARP YouTube Channel.

As Diane von Furstenberg told me when I interviewed her for my book, The Best of Everything After 50, being comfortable in your own skin is the key to having confidence. And having confidence is essential to feeling bold, brave and fearless!

Other tips to keep in mind on interview day include:

  • get a manicure: short nails in a neutral color are best
  • have your hair looking polished and current, and if you color your hair, don’t have roots!
  • want to make sure your breath is fresh? Keep a little plastic bag filled with sprigs of parsley or mint (hey, you never know who you’re going to meet!)

And the most important tip? Be YOU!

I want to hear from you! Let  me know what you want to see on future segments of THE BEST OF EVERYTHING WITH BARBARA HANNAH GRUFFERMAN video show on the AARP YouTube Channel. For more tips on living your best life after 50 (or 60, or 70), check out Keep me posted on how you’re doing by subscribing to me on Facebook and tweeting me on Twitter@BGrufferman.



I think your site is very helpful for the more seasoned potential employee. I would love to see an example video of a mock interview of an individual wanting to get a career in an executive environment.

What kind of questions may come up for the seasoned candidate that would challenge them? How would they reply that would be most effective in impressing the potential employer? What exactly is a potential employer looking for when you first walk into an interview? And last, what are the do’s and don’ts of the seasoned candidate in an interview? What I’m looking for is what would be the one thing I could do that would stand out from all the other candidates?

I would love to be coached to do the right thing to get hired.

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