Good personal presentation is an important business characteristic to have. When attending a job interview, sharp presentation can make a good impression on a potential employer, and will demonstrate to them that you are professional and sincere about the opportunity being presented. There are a number of simple personal presentation rules to remember to stand out in the crowd.
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Get a Haircut
Regardless of how well dressed you are, or how confidently you enter a room, having messy or unruly hair will make you look untidy. Spend a few dollars on getting a haircut, as well as ensuring that any facial hair is neatly trimmed and well kept.
Wear a Suit
Wear a smart suit, and––unless you cannot afford it––avoid really cheap suits, as these are obvious to spot. Make sure it is well fitting, and wear it with a smart shirt and tie. Ensure that your shirt collar is buttoned up to the top, with a snug fitting tie to help you look as smart as possible. According to Your Employment Guide, men and women should wear suits that are navy blue, black or grey only; other colours can be off-putting.
For women, a smart skirt suit with a well-fitting blouse will help you look smart and professional.
Wear black or brown smart leather shoes, and ensure that they are well polished and buffed to help you look as smart as possible. If your shoes are laced, make sure they are neatly tied and not undone.
Women should wear clean smart shoes, and avoid heels that are too high.
Jewellery and Perfume
Avoid wearing too much jewellery, as this can be off-putting. Too many bracelets, rings and large earrings can distract from the rest of your outfit, and perhaps give a poor impression to your interviewer or colleagues.
Both men and women should avoid wearing too much cologne or perfume, as this can be quite overpowering, and could cause your potential employer to rush the interview as they are finding the smell too distracting.
Walk with confidence, avoiding slouching or dragging your feet. Look your interviewer, manager or colleagues in the eye, and give a firm handshake. Good body language exudes self-confidence and esteem, and instils respect in your colleagues and potential employers.
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