Looks do mat­ter in job in­ter­views

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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.”

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