The Power of Hygiene in an Interview!
Have you ever been on a date that was going amazingly well and when you go in for a kiss get a whiff of a mind boggling stench, and in that instant realize, that is her breath? You have to think quickly of how to get out of this kiss or risk a gingivitis infestation of your own. So, at the last second you think of the exit plan, and start coughing…
Hygiene has a very powerful influence. It can take something super amazing, like dating Jennifer Aniston and turn it into the equivalent of a licking a dirty diaper (sorry, I have two young kids and that was the first gross thing to come to mind). I can tell you right now if Jennifer’s breath turned me away like a dirty diaper, I would be pulling a Jerry Seinfeld, on the toilet tooth brush episode, and be running for that door and doing everything I could to get away.
This very same thing can happen to hiring managers/employers when interviewing you as a candidate for a job opportunity. You will want to make sure you take good care of these types of hygiene when going in for an interview. I would like to add that even if you don’t think these items are an issue, DO THEM ANYWAY! It is very easy to become accustomed to your own body odor and not realize that others may not enjoy it as much as you do.
Below I have a few more deal killers when it comes to hygiene. Take notice to these things when going in for an interview and you won’t ruin what could be a great thing. (There are always exceptions to every rule, based on your profession, but just be aware of what you are telling others with your hygiene)
Dirty fingernails-Make sure you have clean and well trimmed fingernails. When someone else sees dirty fingernails they think you are probably not a clean person in general and your value in all other areas drops.
Body Odor– Shower, and Brush your Teeth. Put on deodorant and if you like some cologne/perfume, but don’t go crazy with it. It can be just as bad to have too much cologne/perfume, it can give others headaches. Use breath mints before going into the interview instead of chewing gum. If you are chomping gum the interviewer won’t be able to concentrate on your good qualities, instead they will be hearing nothing but the smacking of lips and seeing the opening and closing of your mouth.
Hair– Cut, Wash and Style your hair. Men, shave or trim facial hair (no Grizzly Adams style).
Now, I don’t have a phobia or pet peeve with hygiene, but in the 7 years I have been recruiting and working on helping others obtain jobs, I have seen many individuals fail to get their dream jobs, or any job for that matter, because they failed to check their hygiene before going for the interview.
So do yourself a favor and keep your hygiene in check. It would be terrible to lose Jennifer Aniston as a girlfriend, or have someone else pull a last second kiss evasion move on you.
Go into that job interview with confidence that you look and feel great, and you will do better than you would expect. Good Luck!
Technical Recruiting Manager
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