When you get an in-person interview, the pressure is on to put your best foot forward. You want to impress your interviewer with your knowledge, background, and skills. Funny how little things we take for granted make a big difference. Consider these three little-known ways to make the right impression and be remembered for the right reasons next time you get the call to come in and meet the hiring manager in person.
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1. Dress Boring
You read that right: dress in a boring fashion. You don’t want the person you are meeting to remember your clothes, and what you consider a little memorable flair may be distracting. If women wear skirts, they should be below the knee. A higher skirt will distract or even offend some interviewers.
Women should also choose navy or beige. These colors lend credibility to women in interviews. They are also the best colors for women who work in sales.
One reason why traditional cuts and more “boring,” less unique clothing is effective might be that we are generally more comfortable around that which is familiar or similar. Therefore, a more traditional cut is a better interview choice than a trendy, asymmetrical cut, or Victorian ruffles.
2. Have No Scents
Some people are more sensitive to smell than others. Your favorite perfume may overwhelm a more sensitive hiring manager and a couple of spritzes may cost you the job. This is true for both men and women; many aftershave colognes and lotions have potentially overpowering notes.
This goes for all scents and smells. Don’t smoke or eat fragrant foods before the interview. Better to have freshly brushed teeth and a mint. If you walk into the room with a fragrance or odor about you, it may make you memorable, but not in a good way. It is also distracting, and may be offensive to the interviewer.
3. Come With Questions
It is surprising how many people come prepared to answer questions, and yet, have none of their own to ask. Asking questions seems to indicate your basic interest in the company; in order to have questions you must have done your research.
Asking questions not only shows your interest, but also that you have a curious mind and is likely a sign of intelligence. Your ability to think about things relevant to the company will likely make a positive impression on the boss. Don’t overdo it; two or three questions is sufficient.
If you follow these three pieces of advice, then you will likely make a positive impression and give the interviewer the right reasons to remember you.
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