Skip to main content

Exploring Attractiveness and Your Job Search

Everyone says that first impressions are a huge factor when meeting new people, is this true in the interview process?

Well, yes! ... and no. 

Most people think about first impressions as solely your level of attractiveness. But this is definitely more than the stereotype of 'the attractive one gets the job'. Which may or may not be true.

Why you ask? Well, I’ll list a few examples.

A handsome man or pretty woman will get attention in a meeting, just as a not so attractive person would. High attractiveness can affect a candidate in a good and bad way. 

Is this 'pretty' woman able to be really firm during a negotiation?
This lady is 'pretty', but can she really do the job?
This lady is too 'pretty', she does not come across as serious. 

Is this handsome man a bit too flirty? Will this handsome guy be a distraction to the woman in our office? This guy is handsome - he’s probably accustomed to getting by with his looks.

These are some not so positive thoughts a hiring manager could possibly think of that might affect the decision making process. 

But here's the more typical examples that we think of. 

This lady is pretty, I want to talk with her and I can see others getting along well with her. 

Wow this handsome guy has a great presence; he'd be great in front of our clients. 

There is no real way to control what others think of about your looks during an interview, but hopefully this shows how attractive people can also have issues based on appearance during an interview.

So what can we generally do to make a great first impression, just from our appearance? Well, I’ve got three things for you!  

1.  Do Your Research on the Firm 

Photo Credit:

I am sure we will all do the typical research, right? The research I am referring to goes beyond the company background and job duties. 
·       Ask what the company dress is like. 
·       Look at LinkedIn, the Company page, Company social outlets to get an idea of the overall look of the employees. 
Are the women wearing heavy makeup or little to no makeup? For a company where women where less makeup and are not as glamorous, someone that comes in looking like Beyonce or JLo in an interview may have some difficulty with the hiring manager picturing them on their team. 
·       Are the men dressed really trendy or is it the typically suit ‘n tie deal. Think about this in your next interview. 

 2. Put on Your Best Look 
Look your best during the interview. This means something that is both comfortable and looks really nice to others. For this, don't just ask your sister or girlfriend or go with a look you like. It helps to get different insights; your interviewer will most likely come from a different background than you. Once you've found the look that works for you, you'll feel more confident and more likely to ace that job interview! 

3. Smile and Make Eye Contact 

Smiles and eye contact are very reassuring. I am not saying stare the interviewer down or to smile like a Ken or Barbie doll, but make sure you are smiling. Interviews are nerve racking and stressful, but keeping this going will help you and the interviewer. 

I hope this helps someone out there! 

Happy Hunting!


Popular posts from this blog

How to Prepare for the Interview?

An interview can be a nerve wracking experience. What should I wear? What should I say? What questions should I ask? As a Corporate Recruiter and Senior HR Specialist I've seen some of the best and the worst of interviews. From my experience I've found that there are three main areas that people should focus on when preparing for an exceptiona interviewing experience.

1. Research

Always start any job search with research. Once the job interview is landed, this becomes even more important. Read about the company history, culture, recent news and any other insights you can find. You should also review the job description that you've applied to. Be prepared to ask and be asked questions about the company and the job. Next, you'll need to do some research on yourself. Sound a bit strange? Well, I'll explain what I mean by this. Do you know what skills and/or knowledge you will bring to the company? Do you remember the kinds of projects you've taken on in the past fe…

Reviewing 2016 and Planning for 2017

One of my top goals for 2016 was to pay off a sum of student loan debt. I ended up paying off close to $10,000 of debt. This was a great accomplishment, but I still have a long way to go. I am so thankful to Dave Ramsey and his 7 baby steps to financial freedom. The approach he lines out is very easy to follow and more importantly IT ACTUALLY WORKS!

Dave says that in order to pay off debt, we need to assess our current regular income and expenses. Then we should locate where we can increase what we bring in and/or decrease spending. Next, he recommends saving a starter emergency fund in order to ensure that we will not add to our debt if or when a situation arises (this is what he calls Murphy - Murphy's law). Once the emergency fund is built of $1,000, we need to list out all of our debts from smallest to largest amount and begin putting any additional income to the smallest debt. Continuing down the list, we use the same process until the very last debt is paid off. This is call…

40 Halloween Costume Ideas for Brown Girls

Halloween is coming up very soon. Are you dressing up? Will you be going to a costume party this year? Well, I hope so. I enjoy playing dress up for Halloween. Here are just a few photos of my past costumes.

Dressed as Cleopatra