Appearances Matter When Hiring
Appearances Matter When Hiring

By Julailah Wahid

Posted on 22 April 2016

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You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Studies have shown that a person forms a judgement of someone within thirty seconds of their first meeting.

From attire to grooming standards, appearances can often make or break a job candidacy. This is especially pertinent in corporate professions, where face-to-face interactions constitute a major part of the job scope.

Beyond Wardrobe Choices

A person’s image is akin to a personal statement. Candidates who arrive at interviews in gaudy prints, low-cut blouses or oversized shirts may reflect lax views on professional rules of conduct.  

At the same time, you should also pay close attention to subtler details, like grooming habits, personal hygiene and overall demeanour.

Handshakes can also be rather telling of one’s character. A firm handgrip is a mark of confidence, while limp handshakes or shaking only with fingers shows otherwise.

Use Rational Reasoning

With that said, be careful not to let your emotional viewpoints influence logical thinking. Before writing a candidate off, ask yourself why you feel such displeasure. Do you find his mannerisms offensive, or are you simply bothered by his physical features?

Remember, there are some things that people cannot change, so focus on what the individual is able to control. Even if you are not impressed with a prospective hire within the first five minutes, avoid evaluating subsequent interactions based on that initial judgement. Give all candidates an equal opportunity to highlight their talents, and you may just find a suitable hire.
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