There are so many different factors to consider when going for a job interview – how to answer questions, how to sell yourself, how to pass the technical testing phase, how to build that connection between yourself and the hiring manager (need help prepping for your next job interview, then download our free ‘Understanding Interview Questions’ guide). There are also factors of presentation, body language and first impressions. Yes, it is true what they say, first impressions last and it is no different in a job interview. If your first impression is not the best, it will be that much harder to change a hiring managers mind. It will mean every single response in that job interview will have to be at a 100% level. Does this seem harsh? Well, yes, it is, however, this is the reality in which we live in – people judge. People stereotype and make up conclusions of others without even knowing them. All you need to do is look at social media to get your proof.
Need more proof that people are judged by appearance- then read this article about a mum who is unable to get even a toilet cleaning job due to her facial tattoos – she is not even given the chance to interview for a job. Now, before you start with “well, that is an extreme case ” we know it is a little extreme and many do not have layers of facial tattoos on them, it does not change the fact that your presentation wont be judged in the same manner. Sadly, the way you present yourself whether it be untamed hair, rag clothing, body odour or even over the top makeup will be judged in the same manner as a heavily tattooed face – yes, you will be given the chance to interview for the job, but it does not mean you will be considered for it. Fair? No one is talking about fair – we are simply talking about reality.
So how should one present themselves in a job interview to avoid unnecessary bias?
Now, before you come at us with pitch forks, we want to make a few things clear – 1. Whilst some of this may seem obvious and think we are taking you, Dear Reader, for a fool – we are not. We are just aware that many individuals do dress inappropriately to job interviews, so we want to ensure there is no confusion about what is and is not suitable.
2. Whilst you may feel we are dictating how you should present yourself, how to wear your makeup and so on, and that none of that should take away from your skills- we agree, it should not. However, we also know that there are certain ways one must present themselves in certain environments. For example – it is your best friends wedding and the dress code is black tie. Will you then show up in jeans and runners? Will you scoff at your friend for even putting in a dress code in the first place? Or will you respect the look and feel they are going for on their big day? Or, let’s say you are going to the beach with friends – will you wear beach/summer attire or will you dress up as though you are going to a party at a local night club? So as you see, there is a time and place to wear certain clothing. The work place is no different.
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