When you go to a job interview you typically have a lot of things on your mind and it is easy to overlook some obvious things that can hurt you. Chances are that you would never neglect your resume before heading to a job interview but are there obvious things that you are neglecting? Here are three items to consider:
Item 1: Dress. It should be a no-brainer to dress professionally for an interview but a surprising number of people still fail to dress appropriately. And I am not just talking about kids who show up to interviews in blue jeans. Even adult interviewees sometimes misunderstand their audience and are either underdressed or overdressed. Typically under-dressing is a bigger problem. If you go to an interview and the interviewers are dressed more nicely than you are, that is one strike against you. It is also possible to dress too formally with people who are very informal, and you can lose an opportunity due that mistake. Give your dress some serious thought before you show up with inappropriate clothes in an interview.
Item 2: Inappropriate Language. In an attempt to be engaging and personable, sometimes people use casual language that is not appropriate in an interview. Such language includes profanity and slang expressions, as well as any language that conveys attitudes that would be inappropriate in the workplace. Generally there is no upside to using these types of inappropriate language with an interviewer, so just do not do it. Interviewers will reasonably believe that you are watching your language in an interview, so if you say something inappropriate they will fear that you might say or do something really crazy in the workplace.Item 3: Extreme Hairstyle. Interviewers often want to look current and trendy and that’s fine, but be careful not to have an extreme hairstyle. Extreme haircuts do not just include mohawks and fluorescent coloring. Any haircut that draws attention away from the rest of your appearance is a problem. You want interviewers to focus on you and your amazing qualifications – not the way that you choose to sculpt your hair. Your haircut should be conservative and professional unless you’re interviewing with the tattoo parlor or some other offbeat employer.
Each of these tips should be common sense, but unfortunately they are not and many interviewers lose out on potential jobs because they neglect their appearance in one of the three above ways. Before you interview do a quick self appraisal and make sure that you have these bases covered. Good luck!