Oh, Do I stink?

We are about to graduate college and head out into the “real world” and for most of us that means TONS of job interviews in order to find our dream job. In classes we learn what to say on an interview, or what to wear and how to act, but the focus is on the verbal, but what about the rest?

Yes, we all know to dress professional. It has been my personal experience that if you are a tall female, it is a good idea to wear short heals or flats. If you are taller than the interviewee, there might be a sense of intimidation and you don’t want to intimidate anyone. Skirts are fine if they are to your knee or just below, but everyone looks good in a nice pair of black pants. I have also been told that the key to a perfect interview outfit is a blazer, true or not, it is always good to have a nice jacked and your shoulders covered. You don’t want to show to much skin, keep it professional. Also, don’t over do it on the makeup, you are going for an interview not a night on the town. Its okay to make your outfit yours, just don’t go over board or crazy.

Another important thing is the way you smell. Yes, as obvious as it is to shower before an interview you also have to remember that not everyone will like your body spray. Some people might even be allergic to it. So it is important to try to wear as little frequencies as possible. You don’t want to overpower anyone’s nostrils. And if you are a sweater, and you don’t want those embarrassing pit stains, try not to wear anything tight on the armpits and use baby power over your deodorant or anywhere else that might get sweaty.

Body language is also important in an interview. Eye contact is important, don’t stare anyone down, but keep eye contact when they are talking so they know you are listening and stay attentive. I have personal experience getting a job purely on the fact that I kept eye contact and that made the employer “feel important” (his words not mine). Also try not to fidget, it may be hard for some but fidgeting is a sign of nervousness, and in an interview you want to be seen as confident. Also try to sit up straight, for girls that are well endowed, try not to stick out your “gifts,” you want to keep the attention on your skills and knowledge, not your body. Smiling is another good tool to use. Don’t have a crazy smile just, a nice simple one so that the interview stays light and positive.

After the interview always remember to say thank you and shake the interviewers hand. Have a strong hand shake, not so much that it hurts, but not light enough that your hand feel limp.

The main thing is to stay confident in yourself and your knowledge of your craft. If you believe in yourself, you can make anyone else believe in you too, and the employer will know that that confidence and professionalism will reflect in the work you will do for their company.

I hope these tips help you with your next interview. Until next time. PEACE


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~ by matidmore on 02/01/2010.

8 Responses to “Oh, Do I stink?”

  1. I love this post Meg and the title is great! A lot of people don’t think before they bathe in stinky, smelly stuff. Just because you have on cologne or perfume does not mean that you smell good. In highschool I really liked the Estée Lauder fragrance ‘Beautiful.’ I would go visit my friend Amy and her dad would say, “You must be wearing ‘stink pretty’.” Now that I’m a little older and prone to headaches from strong smells I no longer wear ‘stink pretty.’ When I wear smelly stuff I opt for lighter body mists and sprays. Remember a little goes a long way.

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  5. Hi Meg! Great advice! I agree with you about the importance of eye contact. This shows the employer that you care and want to take it seriously. Your body language is vital during an interview. Many people forget to focus on their body language, because they are more worried about what they are going to say in the interview. If you do not tune into your nonverbal language, it could be the death of your interview. One of the most important things that I learned from my experience, besides eye contact, is to smile. You want to show the employer that you are excited about the potential opportunity to work with them. I really enjoyed this post! Thanks!

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  7. For those who sweat using baby powder is a great way to absorb moister. I never thought of it as being used for armpits, but if it helps then go for it. Those yellow pit stains are disgusting, unattractive, and most of all it is distracting. If you wear an old shirt that has pit stains then it will even give the illusion that you stink. Take the cautionary steps to not look like or actually stink in an interview. Most likely the interview will take place in a small room. It is not nice to literally stink up the place. Smoking is another big no no. Personally, when someone sits close to me in class and they smell like an ash tray I get up and move. I am not trying to be rude, but the smell of smoke is irritating and very very distracting. I am trying to hold my breath and breathe less instead of paying attention in class. Imagine what that can do in an interview.

  8. […] Oh, Do I Stink? by Meg: For those who sweat using baby powder is a great way to absorb moister. I never thought of it as being used for armpits, but if it helps then go for it. Those yellow pit stains are disgusting, unattractive, and most of all it is distracting. If you wear an old shirt that has pit stains then it will even give the illusion that you stink. Take the cautionary steps to not look like or actually stink in an interview. Most likely the interview will take place in a small room. It is not nice to literally stink up the place. Smoking is another big no no. Personally, when someone sits close to me in class and they smell like an ash tray I get up and move. I am not trying to be rude, but the smell of smoke is irritating and very very distracting. I am trying to hold my breath and breathe less instead of paying attention in class. Imagine what that can do in an interview. […]

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