Like it or not, interviews are a big deal. While some of us try and play them down, the reality is that they can have a lasting impression on our immediate future.
Generally speaking, the more you put in, the greater your chances. Simply turning up and attempting to “wing it” is unlikely to suffice. Instead, thorough preparation is needed, from the basic technical research to some of the more overlooked areas such as your appearance and generally making that showstopping impression.
For the purposes of today, we are focusing on the latter. Let’s now take a look at some of the ways you can let your personal presentation do the talking in your next interview.
Research the company and position
This first tip isn’t about rattling off the company’s history in question – we assume you’ve already done this.
Instead, it’s about finding out about their culture and how you should present yourself. It goes without saying that some roles will require a more casual appearance than others, and this research will set the entire tone for all of your prep.
If you really can’t grasp the look you’ll require, always err towards formal – it will never let you down.
Less is more
Whether it is make-up or jewellery, less is more. You want the interviewer to remember you for your great experience and qualifications – not because you were rocking a full face of contouring.
The same goes for perfume and aftershave. A light touch is all that is needed here – you don’t want to be the person who made their eyes water.
This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be putting effort into this element of your appearance. For example, for those of you in London, consider a short trip to Covent Garden to take advantage of the make-up stations and fashion stores to look after those finishing touches. They can still make a difference, but only if used in moderation.
Get a good night’s sleep
This may seem like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised at the number of people who don’t get a whole night’s sleep before an interview.
Not only will this make you feel more alert, but you’ll look it too. Those who have had a good night’s sleep tend to have a healthier complexion, which will be there for all to see whether you’re being interviewed on Zoom or in person.
Opt with a tried and tested wardrobe
We’re not saying that you shouldn’t buy a new outfit for the occasion, but rather pay attention to the ‘type’ of clothing. If you’ve never worn it before, it’s a risk – plain and simple. You shouldn’t be detracting any of your attention away from your own performance; the last thing you want to do is worry about if ‘red’ is really you when you have been more of a blue-type person before now.