Picking up an application, dropping off your resume, going to the first interview, on the first, 31st and 400th day of work … look like someone your employer would pay to see every day. Remember that as you are making your first impressions that it is your skill set and ability to do the job that matters. You are not selling your personality or lifestyle, you are selling these people on what you can do for them.
Here are some tips (in no specific order):
- Wear clean underwear. Wear, but don’t share. Don’t let it be visible or detectable by scent. Yes, this is a real problem and I felt compelled to put it first.
- Brush your teeth. If you have yellow fuzz in your face and rank smelling breath, you won’t be invited back, nor should you.
- Brush your clean hair. If it is a last minute interview and you don’t have time to shower and clean your greasy locks, sprinkle some baby powder in there and work it in with your fingers and then brush.
- Mild hairstyles. This is not the time to break out your rainbow Mohawk. This is a job interview and not a casting call.
- Minimal makeup. If you wear makeup, think Audrey Hepburn and not any member of the band Kiss or Marilyn Manson. You are the product you are selling, not your eyeliner or ability to look like Pennywise.
- Wash your hands. There is always a handshake somewhere and no one wants to pull away with sticky palms or look down and see their clean hands encased in a crusty mess.
- Your reproductive organs, tissues and systems are super cool – but not something to display at this point in time to this audience. Please cover the cleavage ( front and back, for all genders and body types).
- Remove any jewelry that would make you spend 4 minutes at the metal detector removing items from your skin.
- Plain, dark colors with a pop of something bright. This is not the time to showcase your skills mixing stripes with polka-dots. It is not a fashion show.
- Wear shoes you can walk in
- Cover your tattoos