Job interviews – the most exciting and scariest experience all at once. When you walk into an interview it is a given that your CV speaks for itself and your ability to sell yourself makes a major difference, but believe it or not, your appearance makes a massive difference in your interview as well. Even if you look great on paper, if you don’t dress appropriately for an interview, you give the impression that you lack self-respect and those you are meeting with. You also have only one chance to make a good first impression.
At the interview, your clothes, manners and mannerisms are all on display. Believe it or not, but within the first 60 seconds, all of these are assessed. It is always a good idea to keep the below in mind when it comes to your appearance on the day:
It is important to remember that your appearance is way more than the actual clothes and accessories you wear. It also includes communicating in the correct non-verbal way. Body language should always ooze professionalism and confidence. Always make sure that you have an open, pleasant facial expression and a firm greeting (watch out for handshakes due to social distancing restrictions). Always sit up straight, keep eye contact with your interviewers and avoid crossing your arms and exuding negative body language. For online interviews, stand and make eye contact with the camera and not the image of the person.
Always remember, just because you have secured the interview, doesn’t mean that you have secured the job. A poor impression can not only cost you a job but also cost you any further employment opportunities. Unfortunately, a book is very much judged by its cover, image is everything and perception is reality. Always keep this in mind!