We all do it. Sometimes it can be positive and other times it can be quite negative. But the ability to judge someone in a split second based on their appearance is a common human condition. How someone looks, the way they speak and the way they dress are just some of the many details we use to form our opinion. Similarly, during the recruitment process interviewers can quickly make their mind up whether the potential employee will ‘fit’ or not. If you’ve been invited for an interview or you’re currently in work, your appearance does say a lot about you. From how you look to how you conduct yourself, everything counts. And when you take control of it, you’ll give the best impression of yourself and inspire those around you.
Every career and job has certain expectations with regards to dress code and physical appearance, and this varies from company to company. While a design agency may be completely comfortable with a more relaxed and casual approach, other organisations like a firm of Solicitors will expect a higher level of professionalism. Find out what is common and make your impact accordingly.
If you have an interview lined up, we suggest you take time to get your appearance just right. Most interviewers will make snap judgements and base their opinion to hire or not on this. This might sound daunting but this is actually your opportunity to shine, so try to make a professional appearance from the go. In most cases, this will be a dark coloured suit and shoes. No jeans and trainers! How colourful and personalised you make your look is your call. From a smart hair cut to keeping jewellery to a minimum, your approach is down to you and what you think will show you in the best light.
Your appearance is all about you. From how you look to how your details about you are looking. For each job enquiry you make, we suggest you tailor your CV and covering letter. In some cases this may mean just a few simple tweaks. The better you present your details, the stronger the impression you will give and the better your chance of landing the job you want.
In general, your entire appearance says a lot about you and your attitude to work. This is picked up by interviewers and employers, and can sometimes be the difference between missing out or making the cut. A good appearance will also make you feel confident about yourself. Here are some more tips to help you stand out: