I remember when I was in high school I always put my best foot forward, regarding my attire for an interview. Plus my mom made sure of it, lol. I knew the culture was to dress very formal and appear executive-like. Well, it certainly helped over the years because I remember later on hearing awful stories of people appearing at an interview like they were at a beach or didn’t bother to wear the appropriate jacket.
Here’s the thing, you want to set the mood, the tone of the conversation. But if your appearance gives the impression you don’t care, well, how do you think the rest of the interview will go?
Interviewing is your time to shine and show the person sitting across from you why you were made for this role. Now I’m not saying you will get the job because you were dressed to kill. But you want to project a certain image that matches your communication delivery as if you know what you’re talking about, you’re prepared, you’re serious, you care and you’re ready to perform or exceed the expectations of the required role.
All of those examples embody how you should come across. And if you are dressed appropriately based on the role and environment that’s one less thing to distract them.
It’s just like a woman or man you meet for the first time. The first thing you notice is his or hers attire – oh what do they have on – and if they look sharp you are more intrigued to talk to them. But if they look the complete opposite you more or less want to stay away from getting to know that individual.
And here’s the funny thing – that bad dresser might really be nice, positive, intelligent and so forth. But you would never know because he didn’t give the right impression to lead people to want to find out more.
I know from sitting on both sides of the room (hiring manager and prospective employee) that your appearance is just one of many obstacle you must overcome. And if you’re not even interested in playing the part to do what it takes to look like you belong with an organization it sends a message you won’t be willing to do other things and at the end of the day you don’t have much time to win people over. You might have an interview scheduled for an hour but if things don’t go well – don’t be mistaken – your air time will be cut abruptly.
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