Do you want to set yourself apart from the others at an interview?
Do you want to make a great first impression that shouts: “I am the ONE you seek”?
Your message is that you know how to “sweat the small stuff”, and it’s the “small stuff” that matters. If you arrive sloppy and disheveled, the recruiter gets the impression that if you don’t care about your appearance, are you going to care about your job performance and their company?
Think about it… If you were on that other side of the desk would you hire YOU?
- Choose an outfit well before your interview.
- Try it on, is it dated? Does the outfit make you look and feel confident?¨
- Have your clothes professionally pressed and/or cleaned
- Sit down in it to make sure it does not gap anywhere (especially important for the ladies)
- Check for unsightly holes or stains
- Polish shoes and handbag, and any portfolios
- Have an unfussy hairstyle that will stay out of face, so you will not “HAIR ACT”, guys this one is for you too
- Watch the cologne and perfume, better yet skip it
- Be careful of “clink and clank” of jewelry, very distracting to recruiter
- Look in 3-way mirror to do a check fit. Remember the interviewer will see you coming and going.
- Yes, that stain on the back of your pants, from the Italian restaurant will be seen, and you cannot back out of the office now can you?
- Dress in an outfit and have family or friends give an honest opinion. Image is… head to toe.
Remember the importance of your face, since most of the time the interviewer will be focused on it. Be aware of everything from your make-up to your teeth. I suggest a trip to the “close up” mirror just to be sure all is ship shape.
Make yourself an interview checklist so that you have the process down. My wish for you is that you find employment that makes you so incredibly happy and fulfilled that you jump out of bed in the morning to start your day.
Okay, okay may be corny, but you get my drift!
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