Many of us enter a job interview with high confidence in acquiring the job, because we believe that we are more qualified for the position, while others may arrive to the interview with the self-assurance of memorizing their resume content or fully understanding every detail of the job description. These are significant features to know, however, what I inform my Missouri and Illinois clients is that the true purpose of a job interview is not for the interviewer to see how much you know or to thoroughly inspect your resume, but instead, the interviewer is there to read YOU. The interviewer is there to read your interviewing etiquette, mannerisms, and characteristics and to verify that you are truly customer presentable. He or she will also identify and take note of how you conduct yourself to open-ended questions as well as how you answer tough decision-making questions. The interviewer may also document details of your grooming appearance, aroma, and your interview attire.
Although an employment interview is your chance to display your professional experiences and skillful qualities, it is also an important time for you to present your exterior assets. If we look and feel our best when we arrive to the interview, then the interviewer will observe a very impressive applicant. It is most important that every applicant appear professional on paper and in-person because the interviewer’s first impression must be a noteworthy impact. Your interviewing appearance should be as though you are ready to go to work at the job that you are interviewing. Your appearance is also highly important because it can be a deciding factor when the employer selects an applicant for the position. You want to impress him or her so much that you want the interviewer to consider immediately in offering you the job.
Remember, regardless of how confident you feel about your employment abilities and your years of experiences, the interviewer is severely reviewing YOU.
Odie Smith is author of Mr. and Mrs. Smith's Employment Survival Guide.
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