Let's face it... there are a ton of ways you can fall on your face during an interview. Is that something you want to be thinking about right before you go into a potentially life changing interview process? Definitely not! You will stroll into this interview will your head held high and confidence soaring through the roof. Now you might have a whispering doubt in the back of your mind that you could screw this whole thing up, but that's neither here nor there. I'm not here to tell you the secret formula to land a job (as if there is a secret formula), position or role you are trying to achieve. However, I can help you make a small yet professional, unspoken statement that will make you stand out from the rest of the interviewees and resonate in the mind of the interviewer.
Everyone knows that looking your best is essential to making a good first impression. However, how do you ensure that you will make a lasting impression on the people who are interviewing you?
- Is it the clean cut hair?
- Is it the polished shoes and dapper attire?
- Is it the sequenced suit or blouse you put on?
- Is it about the firm handshake and direct eye contact?
- Is it covering up all your visible tattoos or body piercings?
- Is it about spraying on that perfect cologne or perfume?
Actually, it is a combination of all these things. Along with these, it is also important to prepare thoughtful questions and answers to show you understand the requirements of the position you are applying for and that you have what is needed to fill it.
But what if I told you there is an easier way to simply make a statement that keeps your answers, name and resume on the top of the list during their selection process.
Now before I dive into too much detail, let me forewarn you of a few things.
- Be careful- adding too many accessories can make you look unprofessional
- Avoid dangling earrings
- Wear no more than one ring per hand
- Men should avoid wearing necklaces and women should avoid wearing large or distracting necklaces.
Keep in mind, the suggestions above are just that...suggestions. So if you feel something complements your outfit enough to enhance your overall look, I say go for it. The main goal is to find things that will enhance your outfit instead of distracting or taking away from your interview.
One easy trick to stand out during your next interview is to wear an accessory (watch, bracelet, wrist piece) that subtly grabs the attention of the interviewer and peaks their interest. For example, I love wearing a bracelet stack comprised of multiple beaded bracelets that compliment my wardrobe. It's essential to have a little flair added to your outfit. It will help relay your personality in a short amount of time and give you a confident edge compared to the other applicants. Having self-confidence and self-awareness is huge during an interview process and is easily conveyed to the interviewer.
Adding that pop of flair is incredibly important to stand out from the pool of applicants you are competing against. Keep in mind, all the other interviewees are well groomed and nicely dressed and they are competing for the same job you are applying to. You need to express your confidence and show them a little about your personality while making that all important first impression.
What's that one thing you can do or wear that will separate you from the pack?
Put yourself in the interviewer's shoes. Are you looking forward to interviewing the same type of person over and over again? Wouldn't it be better to see an applicant walk through the doors with their head held high and confidence soaring; wearing that one accessory that just screams their personality and individual style?
At the end of the day, it's not always about your qualifications or your answers to the questions that were asked. It's about the lasting impression you made by expressing yourself with something as simple as the right accessory.