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11/10/11
Interviewing. Grooming essentials
Filed under: Interviewing
Posted by: site admin @ 12:53 pm

It goes without saying we need to present ourselves as
confident professionals who represent our employer well.
So, when we are invited to interview this is an essential
element of our preparation– grooming, cleanliness, and
attire.

Meeting with a student yesterday he asked what my opinion
was of wearing cologne or aftershave or use of breath
freshener when interviewing. 

We need to feel upbeat and confident.  We will feel a little
excited.  People respond differently to pressure/stress.
My personal habit is to wear clean, freshly pressed clothes
and somehow I usually do not use aftershave, after I trim
my beard and facial hairs.  It is common, that while not
seeming to be significant, some interviewers feel strongly
that a strong aftershave, cologne, or perfume is a turn-off.
[If you do wear-  2  .]

Breath freshener is not a bad notion.  It does bring up
the point of careful choices of meals before and during
interviews, especially containing garlic.  Ingesting a
mint or eucalyptus drop can be allowed.  However,
please refrain from the use of gum.

Interestingly, a female student was in the room as we
spoke about fragrances.  Although I am not an expert
in this I suggested similar cautions.  However, females
have other concerns that should be mentioned– make-up,
shampoo and hair style.  Let me suggest two web-sites
that offer appropriate ideas for female readers.  3   4 

This personal preparation seems to be common sense
until you look into it, just like the importance of
bringing your cell phone or portable communication
device and turning it off before the interview.
I remember the horror of delivering a presentation with
another presenter and hearing her phone ringtone.  The
second surprise was that she picked it up and answered
it.  This is inappropriate behavior.
 

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