In today’s modern world where sharing personal information happens 24/7/365 on the Internet, it’s very important to monitor your online presence when applying for jobs. That means even before you submit a resume, you should do an Internet search on your name to see the results, update your social media pages, and make sure your activity on photo and video sites is appropriate.
Nearly one-third of Americans say the first aspect of someone’s face they typically notice is his or her teeth, according to a recent Kelton study. Teeth also influence perceptions regarding an individual’s potential for professional and financial success. The study found that, when looking at images, Americans perceive those with straight teeth to be 45 percent more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a job when competing against someone with a similar skill set and experience.
During an interview, it’s not just your experience and answers to questions that gets noticed. Within the first few minutes of an interview, your body language provides many different cues to the hiring manager. Every interview is stressful, but how you respond to this stress gives the interviewer a taste of how you perform under pressure and how you may conduct yourself as a future employee.
Be confident, yet relaxed. Remember to make eye contact and have good posture. If you have a briefcase, purse or jacket, find an appropriate place to put them, not on your lap. Don’t cross your arms or hide your hands, it makes you appear passive and nervous. Gestures can be a good way to convey your enthusiasm for the job, but don’t overdo it. Practice makes perfect, so run through the interview process with someone in advance and have him or her critique your nonverbal cues. You might have a nervous tic or other bad habit of which you’re not even aware.