Professionalism, personality and presentation
Do you know how you sound when you are speaking to a hiring manager? Do you know how your personality comes across? Do you have a certain suit you wear to job interviews? First impressions in a job interview are everything. Many hiring managers can determine within the first 5 minutes if you are a fit for the job. In this competitive job market it takes more than just the right resume, it takes professionalism, personality and presentation.
Professionalism - Communication
Nothing shows your professionalism more than excellent communication skills. While methods of communication in the 21st century have changed, speaking face to face with someone has not. Grammatically incorrect words and mispronunciations can be a red flag for a potential employer, especially if the position you’re applying towards will put you in front of clients as a representative of the company.
Personality – Don’t go to extremes
Mirroring your personality to the hiring manager’s is a good way to gauge how casual or how formal you need to be. Like people, not all managers are the same, some create a more relaxed and conversational environment. Others are very much “business” and want to stick to the program of the interview. It is up to you to monitor your personality and adjust it to the person with whom you are meeting. If the hiring manager is extremely bubbly and conversational, then a similar approach will make them more comfortable. If the hiring manager does not get off topic and only wants to speak about previous work history or the position’s responsibility, be sure to stay on topic.
Presentation – Common Sense
What do you wear to a job interview? It is best not to show up to a job interview dressed like you’ve just rolled out of bed. We have conversation after conversation with candidates about professional interview attire, and, yet, occasionally still receive negative feedback from hiring managers on their impressions.
Here is the bottom line: do not let something you are wearing, something you have tattooed on your body or something you have pierced distract the hiring manager from you and your abilities. If they are staring at the hoop nose ring or sleeve of tattoos on your arm they are likely not paying attention to what you are saying. If your nails could be entered into the Guinness Book of World Records it’s probably best to groom them before an interview. If the clothes you are wearing would be something you wear out to a club on a Saturday night it’s probably not appropriate for an interview. No one appreciates excessive perfume or cologne on a potential employee especially when in a small office setting. I certainly cannot concentrate on what you are saying if I feel like I could faint from chemical overload. And trying to cover up smoke with perfume only makes you smell like a lot of perfume and smoke. It’s hard enough to get a job these days without sabotaging yourself with your attire and presentation. Common sense will help you obtain the opportunity you are seeking.
By Christiana Helvie - Senior Sales & Staffing Consultant