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First Impressions at a job interview

Why Appearance Is Everything In a Job Interview


It’s common knowledge that being well presented when attending a job interview is an essential part of the process. But just how much of an impact does your appearance have on your chances of getting that job? You would be surprised!

In a 2014 survey by job site Monster, 70% of employers asked admitted a female candidate’s make-up was a key factor in their first impression, while 61% also agreed that dress sense is another key factor.

More than two thirds of the employers asked also said that visible tattoos had a negative impact on their first impression of the candidate, while 73% said the most important factor of a first impression was personal appearance overall.

So what does your appearance say about you in a job interview?

I’m Taking The Interview Process Seriously

If you have taken the time carefully consider your appearance down to the fine details for the interview, this says to the employer ‘I want to make a good first impression’.

I Understand How To Present Myself In A Work Environment

It also shows the employer that you understand the dress code of the office and know how to present yourself in the work environment. This can be particularly important if you are attending an interview for a customer-facing job where you will be face-to-face with clients on a regular basis, such as a secretary.

I Take Pride In My Appearance And My Work

Taking pride in your appearance is seen by employers as a positive sign that you will also take pride in your job. It reassures them that you will take the job seriously and will make a good first impression with clients and colleagues.

So with all that in mind, how should you present yourself in an interview?

Dressing For Job Interviews

At Pitman Training Swords, we not only help you gain the skills and qualifications required to land your dream job, we also support you every step of the way. That includes helping you make the best impression in the interview stage.

We’re running a series of support workshops aimed at helping you get the interview and land the job! Our next workshop, Dressing For Interviews, is being held on Thursday 26th March 2015 at our training centre on North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin.

For more information on our Dressing For Interviews workshop and other upcoming workshops please call us on 01 8404075 or email swords@pitman-training.net.


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