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The Significance of First Impressions

Never underestimate the significance of the first impression, especially in regard to interviews for employment opportunities.  It’s no myth that interviewers lean heavily on first impressions and several factors can impact their decision to move forward with you as a viable candidate.  If you believe you’re worthy of serious consideration as a potential employee, it’s important to be mindful of the following:

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Schedule your interview appointment appropriately.

Plan to be there for a sufficient amount of time.  Try to avoid scheduling the interview right before any other important engagements.  It’s disrespectful and unprofessional to rush during an interview.  Most interviewers follow a procedure, so you’ll want to make sure you don’t omit any steps that could create any inconvenience for hiring managers.

Dress appropriately.

How you look and what you’re wearing should be considered nonverbal communication.  Your appearance is the first face-to-face communication you’ll have with an interviewer, so it will be the first thing interviewers assess.  Dress in a manner that’s professionally appropriate. It is rarely appropriate to “dress down” for an interview, regardless of company dress code policy or how you would dress on the job.  Dress neat, clean, and conservative.

Come prepared.

Be sure to complete any interview prerequisites that are asked of you.  These include forms, applications, assessments or tasks.  It’s always a good idea to bring a copy of your resume with you to the interview.  It should be current and include significant details such as employment dates and reference contact information.  Never make an interviewer wait for you while you scroll through your phone to find such information.

Be prompt.

In addition to being prepared, always be on time for your interview.  Being late will not only create major inconveniences for the interviewer, but also ruin your chances of being considered as a serious candidate.  Most hiring managers have zero tolerance for tardiness.

Maintain a good attitude/do not complain or express disappointment.

Many interviewers have a thorough process which all candidates are required to follow.  These interviewers have a legal responsibility to process applicants using the same procedure to ensure fairness.  Certain steps of a process can seem tedious or unimportant to outsiders.  Understand that procedures such as these are created to make efficient hiring decisions and lessen employee turnover.  If you’re serious about a desired position, it’s important to be patient with the process.  Not only is it insulting to complain, but it is indicative of how your attitude in the workplace could be.  Managers aren’t eager to hire someone who is seemingly uneager to work.

Use formal language (avoid being too casual).

The goal of an interview is to influence the interviewer to hire you.  Verbal communication is a catalyst for gaining this influence.  Although you want to have good rapport with an interviewer, it is important for your language not to get too relaxed or informal to the point of seeming unprofessional.  Controlling how well you present when you speak impacts the level at which you will be invited back for an employment offer.  

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How to Avoid Dressing Mistakes at Your Next Interview

How many chances do you get to make a good first impression? One. When it comes to making that first impression, you have a few seconds to give that "WOW!" factor. Someone usually gathers an impression of you in fewer than 20 seconds.

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As you begin preparing for your next job interview, you want to make sure you do everything you can to make an excellent first impression. While it is very important that you do your best during the interview, you also have to make an impression before the interview even starts. You have to look like you are showing up for an interview.

We want to help you make the best impression possible during your upcoming job interview. So to accomplish that, below are some dressing mistakes you should avoid:

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Hats

If you want to make a positive impression at a job interview, do not wear a hat. A hat does not give the professional look that you want to achieve. Even if you do not like the way your hair looks that day, do not place a hat on your head.

Hair

You want your hairstyle to give a professional vibe, but you also want your hairstyle to be trim and neat. Do not choose a hairstyle that will result in you constantly touching your hair. You do not have to use your hair to make an unbelievable impression. You want the person interviewing you to notice your skills and talents, not any outlandish hairstyle.

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Clothing for Men

You should avoid wearing a suit that has bright or bold colors, stripes, plaids, etc. If you are going to wear a suit jacket, you should make sure the jacket matches your pants. Do not wear jeans to your job interview.

It is important that you have your own interview attire because if you wear something that is too small or too big, it will be obvious that the clothing does not belong to you. Having the appropriate attire for a job interview is a priority, so be wise, and make this investment. It will be worth it.

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Clothing for Women

Avoid showing too much skin at your job interview. This means you should avoid showing too much of your arms, thighs, chest, stomach, etc.

If you walk into the interview with a very short skirt, you may not give the most professional impression. Make sure your skirt reaches the tops of your knees or goes below your knees. Choose tops and dresses that are neither low-cut nor sleeveless.

Makeup/Perfume

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We understand you want to look and smell your best at an interview, but it is also important to know when too much is too much. Do not go overboard with the makeup. While we all like smelling our best, it is not wise to spray too much perfume on yourself. Many people are allergic to certain scents, and you do not want your interviewer to be overwhelmed by or have an allergic reaction to your perfume.

Jewelry (Men and Women)

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Avoid wearing jewelry that is too flashy or too big. When jewelry is oversized, it can make noises which may be distracting to both you and the interviewer. Both women and men should avoid wearing an excessive amount of jewelry. Men should limit themselves to wearing a watch and a maximum of two rings. 

When you are preparing for your next job interview, it is important that you keep these things in mind. Your next job interview can ultimately be the one that changes your life for the better. You want to dress for success and make an unforgettable impression at your next job interview. Are you ready?

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