How to Present a Clean Image When Applying for a Job

Category : interview skills

The factors that affect whether or not you get a certain job can vary. Certain companies are looking for certain demographics. However, no matter what position you are applying for, it’s very important that you present only your very best self.

Dress Well for the Interview

Dressing smartly and appropriately makes a huge difference. Why? This is the employer’s first impression of you. If they are immediately met with something that unsettles them, disappoints them, or in any way turns them off, that will be the lingering perception in their head – even if you prove yourself to be better afterward. If they are met with something that makes them feel approval, that will be the lens through which they filter the rest of the interview – even if you make some mistakes. All around, it’s always in your best interest to dress appropriately for the company culture that you are applying to.

Clean Up Your Social Media

 A huge majority of modern American individuals use social media – especially younger individuals. Thus, about 50% of employers check the social media accounts of candidates. This gives the employer a glimpse into the personal lives of the individual. They see how they act, how they talk to others, and what they do for fun. A lot of people have material on their social media that could be embarrassing or compromising – maybe even you. That’s not the end of the world, but it does mean that you’re probably going to want to go back through your most often used social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) and you should delete such material before you apply.

Practice for the Interview

Appearances are only one side of the coin. You’ve also got to show that you’ve got what it takes to be a successful employee. While you can and should present a resume in the most positive light possible, you’re going to need to prove what’s on the paper through conversation. Make eye contact and smile. Give a firm (but not excruciatingly tight) handshake if offered. Many employers ask similar questions (e.g., “what is your greatest weakness?”) so try and research beforehand what typical questions might be asked at this kind of job. Prepare your answers accordingly.

Preparation really is key. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive for the interview. Feeling nervous is natural, but your nervousness will diminish the more interviews you experience. Be confident in what you have to offer.

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