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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?

For additional interview tips, check out other Brannon Professionals' blog posts related to interviewing. Simply contact us today.

 

How Men Should Dress for An Interview

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One of the keys to being successful during a job interview is that you're prepared in every aspect. For example, you should know what potential questions will be asked of you.

While plenty of businesses do ask the same generic questions, they also expect you to know a bit about the business itself. Do some research on the company and find out about its history.

When preparing, make sure you have a resume and cover letter ready to share as well. The latter should be written in a way that pertains directly to the company and the position for which you are interviewing.

While these tips are important when preparing for a job interview, how you are going to dress for an interview is also a concern. If you're a man, wearing sneakers and blue jeans to an interview isn't going to cut it. Here are some tips on how to properly dress for an interview. 

#1 - Dress Shoes

Hint: Polish your dress shoes the night before so that they will have time to dry.

Hint: Polish your dress shoes the night before so that they will have time to dry.

Every man should wear dress shoes to a job interview. Make sure they're the right size for your feet, and also be sure that the shoes complement the dress shirt and dress pants you're wearing.

If you wear your dress shoes often, it's sometimes even best to consider buying a pair of new ones before the interview. Lastly, make sure your shoes look as clean as possible.

#2 - Personal Hygiene

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While personal hygiene isn't necessarily part of dressing up for a job interview, it still plays an essential factor in preparing for it. After all, you can wear the most professional business suit and dress shoes, but if you haven't shaved, showered, or gotten a recent haircut, it'll leave a poor first impression.

When it comes to showering, it's best to do it in the morning or even an hour or so before the interview. If you shower in the evening or the night before, you run the risk of losing that freshness that comes with a recent shower.

Investing in a good shaver is important too as it prevents your beard and mustache from looking unkempt. Lastly, while getting a haircut isn't exactly required, a neat appearance will generally work in your favor.  After all, first impressions do matter, and personal hygiene is just as important as dressing up. 

#3 - Business Suit vs. Dress Pants

Imagine how much you'll stand out from the rest of the candidates if you're the only one who comes in wearing a business suit.

Imagine how much you'll stand out from the rest of the candidates if you're the only one who comes in wearing a business suit.

First of all, depending on the job you're being hired for, a business suit isn't always necessary. However, you should still consider it. The more professional you are, the more of a positive impression you'll leave on the hiring manager. As for dress pants, make sure they're the right size. On top of that, iron and fold them to perfection. Lastly, be sure the coat and pants complement each other. 

For more information on how men should dress for a job interview, feel free to contact us today at Brannon Professionals. We are a recruiting and staffing firm specializing in office professionals - Administrative & Accounting, Clerical & Medical Office, Trucking & Logistics Administration. However, our business also offers hiring and management tools. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you in the best way possible.