Monday, December 24, 2007

#2 of My Top 8 Behaviors for a Successful Interview

#2: Clean-up your act. This is a controversial area, but like it or not, a good part of the impression an interviewer first forms of you depends on how you're dressed. All protests aside about not “judging a book by its cover,” appearance still counts in an interview. Wear a nice suit or whatever is considered appropriate for the business. Even if you know the work place to be a casual environment, I believe it is OK to dress-up anyway. By wearing clothes that are coordinated, clean and pressed, it is one more way for the candidate to show interest and that they want the job. I know, many job candidates believe they are not being true to themselves if they dress differently than they do every day. But with competition for some jobs very keen, why not improve the odds of success by changing those things within your control?

Another long-time area of conflict is facial hair. Though beards are popular and more accepted on men of all ages, I still see surveys of hiring managers indicating a bias toward the clean shaven.

And though tattoos various body piercings are now mainstream and at the height of popularity, they too can be a point of bias on the part of interviewers. Therefore, all body art should be covered and all visible body piercings removed (with the exception of earrings). If the position requires you to represent the company to customers and/or the general public, the hiring company may have something to say about display of these things post-hire anyway.

Put your best foot forward in the interview, and "dress for success." You will be glad you did.

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