It’s been suggested that it only takes one look at you by an HR manager, for them to know what sort of person you are, how reliable you’ll be on the job, how you’ll get on with your work mates and how you’ll perform on the job.
That may seem like a big call, but there are hiring managers out there who say they’re able to size up a potential hire just by looking at them.
Whether they can do this or not the first time they meet you is debatable, but there’s probably some truth in it too.
A lot can be learned about a person by the way they look. First impressions are lasting impressions after all.
So today, let’s go through the things hiring managers look for, to form their first opinions about you.
The first step is to get yourself on the radar of employers who want you, your skills and your experience.
When you do that, getting asked in for an interview is easy. It also takes a lot of pressure off you in the interview. It also means you have a better chance of being offered the job.
A good way to get in front of companies who want you is to use Connectzapp.
You enter the details of the job you’re after. You’re then given a list of available jobs that are matched to you, ranked in order with the best match at the top.
You then swipe through each job, choose the ones you prefer, put them into your shortlist, then contact those employers direct.
It’s the quick and easy way to get your next job. And because each employer can see you’re a good candidate for the job, it makes it an easy process for you to be offered the job.
So give it a try.
You can get Connectzapp on the App Store ro Google Play, or go to Connectzapp.com.
The first thing hiring managers look at are the colours of your clothes.
The colour of your clothes can influence people when they meet you, so choose the colours you decide to wear for an interview carefully.
Blue is probably the best choice for an interview. It’s associated with reliability, confidence, competence and expertise.
But it can also be considered conservative, so if you’re applying for a creative role, then it may not be your best choice to wear.
Purple or yellow stand for uniqueness, optimism and creativity, so if you’re applying for a creative role then purple or yellow may be a better choice.
Red indicates success, efficiency and leadership. It shows you’re not afraid to stand out and attract attention to yourself.
However, for an interview, it may be better to wear a deeper shade of red like maroon, because maroon indicates you’re wise and well educated. It’ll help you get the respect of your interviewers.
Wearing darker clothes projects that you’re a serious, dependable and competent person.
The worst colour choice to wear for an interview is considered to be orange. It’s considered unprofessional.
However smart marketers are using orange more and more in their marketing and branding because it stands out, so the perception that orange is considered unprofessional is changing.
So choose the colours you wear to an interview to suit the job you’re applying for, and give the hiring manager the best impression right from the start.
The key here is dress appropriately for the job you’re applying for.
If you’re male, then a suit could be the most appropriate way to dress, but not if you’re applying for a job as a tradesman.
If you’re female, then high powered corporate dress may be appropriate if you’re applying for a high powered role, but if you’re applying for a role in childcare, then more friendly and relaxed attire is better.
If you wear your hair up, you’re considered to be more focused, professional and dependable. If you wear your hair down and wear bright coloured clothes, you’re less likely to be considered management material.
When it comes to wearing branded clothing it’s better not to overtly display the latest brands in your clothes or the expensive watch you wear.
In an interview situation, it’s better to put the emphasis on your professional achievements, your attitude to work and how well you get on with your team mates, than to show how expensive your dress sense is.
If you’re not sure how you should dress for an interview then the rule of thumb is it’s better to overdress than underdress.
So dress appropriately for the job you’re applying for, and when you’re not sure how to dress, dress up, not down.
3. The Finer Details
If you’re female, details you should consider are your nail polish, makeup and jewellery. Make sure your nail polish is un chipped and presents well. You can wear jewellery, but don’t wear too much. The best rule of thumb here is to wear small and elegant pieces of jewelry.
The same applies to your makeup. Too much gives the wrong impression, so think about the job you’re applying for and wear the right amount of makeup for that job.
Also, the perfume you wear has an impact on the hiring manager’s impression of you. So don’t wear perfume that is too strong.
For a hiring manager, what you wear to the interview shows how well you can fit into the company culture, so dress as close to the company attire as you can.
This shows you’re like the people who already work at the company.
People are more inclined to accept people who are like them, so when you look similar to the people who work at the company, the hiring manager is more likely to see you as a good fit for the job.
You can usually find out a lot about how people at the company dress by looking at the company’s social media sites.
And, by the way, when you’re looking for a job, keep in mind that social media works both ways. A lot of hiring managers will check you out online too, so make sure your social media sites project the image they should so a hiring manager who checks you out gets the right impression about you.
Good luck with your job hunting!