Dress to impress whatever the job

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In over 20 years working in the recruitment and training sectors I have had many conversations with people who say to me that they don’t need to wear a shirt and tie for an interview because the job they do doesn’t need it.

And I constantly give the same argument regardless of whether you will be required to wear the smart business dress code when you are in the job is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t look the part when attending the interview.

Look at the way you react to new people you meet whether that be in the queue for the bus or in the pub on a Friday, we all develop a first impression and part of that is based on the way we are dressed, you may not be conscious of that but you are doing it.

In a job interview situation that first impression is all the more important, not only is the potential employer making a decision based on your ability to do the job they are making decisions based on how you look and what effort you have put in to the way you look.

When I interview people one of the first things I do when they walk in to the room is to look at their shoes; are they clean/polished it may seem like something that doesn’t matter but to me and many interviewers it is important if you have paid attention to those small details in appearance for the interview it gives me an indicator that you will be paying that level of attention when you are doing the job.

Just because you work on a building site for the job doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make the effort when trying to get the job. With unemployment expected to reach over 3 million by 2010 in the UK you need to do absolutely everything you possibly can to add those extra few points at the interview.

Think of it another way; you’ve written or paid to have written a perfect CV which has already provided you with one first impression, you’ve taken however many years to build the experience in your industry to get you to the interview so WHY let yourself down at the last step.

With competition for jobs at an all time high with an average of 100 people applying for every advertised vacancy you’ve already had to fend of 99 other people for the chance of the interview to blow that interview before you have the chance to say a word makes all that effort wasted.

Think of how much time and effort you put in to getting ready for that night out, you dress to impress every time you go out because you are on the pull or on a first date, but so many people don’t think it’s important to dress to impress at a job interview.

So let’s look at it this way, you’ve recently lost your job so your nights are getting fewer and further between, you’ve got three interviews lined up this week but don’t think you need to bother dressing to impress because it’s just a standard boring job.

What happens if you don’t get that job? Well that’s more nights out you can’t have it’s another month where you can’t pay the mortgage, and those extra 2 points you would have gained from dressing to impress could have made all the difference and you could have had the job.

So treat that job interview like a first date, you want to impress the person you are going on the date with so impress the person that is interviewing you not just with your skills/experience and ability to do the job but in the way you look.

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Common interview mistakes

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Over the years, recruiters and employers have witnessed some weird and wonderful interview moments and below are just a few of the common mistakes that are made at interview and should be avoided. 

Dressing inappropriately:

Unless specifically informed otherwise, always wear business dress even if you think the job you are being interviewed for doesn’t warrant it. 

Arriving late:

Punctuality is the most important thing to consider and it is advisable to arrive at least ten minutes earlier, just to give the right impression. 
Lack of confidence:
Poor eye contact and a limp handshake say a lot about a person. Your confidence in your own ability must be conveyed the instant you enter the room. 

Lying:

Never lie. Most of the information on a CV can be verified and although it may be your dream job, if you lie about your level of capability, it will be become instantly apparent once you start the job. 

Negativity towards previous employers:

 If asked why you left previous positions, always try to put a positive spin on this. If you launch into a full assault of your old boss, the interviewer could be left wondering whether you will demonstrate the same attitude towards them. 

Having no questions prepared:

You will undoubtedly be asked whether you have any questions at the end of the interview. Prepare these in advance and make sure that they portray you in the best possible light. Focus on the role itself and your future position within the organisation and avoid issues such as holiday entitlement, company cars and whether they have a company canteen!

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After the interview self assessment

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After each job interview you should take some time to assess what happened and whether you can learn anything from that interview that will help you in the next interview; design yourself a form that includes the following:

  • The company name
  • The name of the person(s) you had the interview with
  • Position you were interviewed for
  • Where you dressed appropriately
  • Time you had the interview
  • Did you arrive on time
  • Friendly to everyone including the receptionist
  • Maintained eye contact with the interviewer
  • Spoke clearly and with purpose
  • Did not interrupt the interviewer
  • Supported all your answers with specific points of achievement
  • Shook the interviewers hand firmly at the beginning and end of the interview
  • Asked specific, intelligent that were not already answered
  • Conveyed the benefits that you could bring to the company
  • Presented a professional image
  • Understood the next steps following the interview
  • Gave the interviewer a new clean copy of your CV before leaving

To further evaluate your performance at the interview ask yourself the following questions and write your answers in as much detail as possible:

  • What did I learn about the company that I didn’t know before the interview?
  • What clues did I get from the interview about how interested they were?
  • What would I do differently next time?

The file this sheet away in your job search log, and prior to your next interview re-read your evaluation sheets and remember the points you need to improve on from your previous interviews.

Writing these details down rather than just thinking them through in your mind after the fact will give you reference point to continually improve your chances of securing that next job by learning from the mistakes or under performances of previous interviews.

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