Looks do matter in job interviews
Candidates need to pay more attention to their personal image during job interviews if they want to be successful, says a leading recruiter.
Megan Alexander, senior manager at Robert Half, says failing to research the company and its culture is one of the biggest mistakes a job candidate can make.
“There’s no point turning up to a job interview in a suit and tie if the company has a creative, casual dress code,” Megan says. “Immediately, you show you are not a good fit for the company.”
When Robert Half puts forward a shortlist of candidates to be interviewed by the employer, often it is not the most technically proficient person who is successful, says Megan.
“Job interviews are only about 50 percent about technical skills,” she says. “The other 50 percent is about whether you share the company’s values, whether you’ll be comfortable in the company’s culture, whether you’ll work well within company teams.
“If the impression you create is that you don’t fit, very little else you do or say in the interview can change that.”
Megan recommends candidates go as far as to visit the company before an interview, to get a feel for the company culture.
Candidates should also be aware of other personal presentation skills to created the right image at an interview, she says.
“Does your handshake convey confidence, or do you need to practice a more assertive or stronger handshake? Are you able to make and maintain good eye contact during an interview?
“Have you researched enough about the company to ask intelligent questions that no other candidate will ask?”
Megan advises: “By paying attention to how you present during an interview, and finding out as much about the company culture as you do about the job description and its technical requirements, you are much more likely to land your dream job.”