Ok, this should be obvious, but for an interview, you want to put your best foot forward. A big part of this is cleaning up and dressing right. No one wants a sloppy co-worker, and how you present yourself in an interview will tell your potential employer what they should expect from you.
Here are a few tips on presentation…
Take a Bath – Sounds silly, but you want to bathe before the meeting. Use a good deodorizing soap and wash your hair. If you have dandruff, make sure you are using a good shampoo that will control it. After the bath, apply a high quality deodorant.
Shave – Women wearing a dress or skirt should shave their legs, while men should shave their face. Men’s facial hair is a point of concern with some employers, while no big deal elsewhere. But universally, it should be neat. If possible, try to fin out ahead of time what is acceptable.
For example, a police department may allow a mustache, but not a beard. A medical sales position may not allow either. On the other hand, an engineering firm may allow a full beard. You have to know your employer.
A clean shaven face is the safest route. However, if you do have facial hair, keep it trimmed and neat. Use a beard trimmer to keep things neat and tidy. The last thing you want is to walk into an interview looking like a pirate who’s been at sea for months without a bath.
Brush Your Teeth – Clean teeth and fresh breath can make a huge difference. If you knock down the secretary with your breath you will not be landing the job. Brush your teeth just before you leave for the interview and rinse with mouthwash. It is also a good idea to have breath mints in your car. Pop a breath mint in your mouth when walking through the parking lot of your future employer so you have minty breath when you enter the building.
Wear Your Best Business Attire – This should be another no-brainer, but wear your best business clothes. Note that I did not say your best clubbing attire. Dress should be conservative and professional. Dark colors generally work best, but this is not an absolute. Pay the money for dry cleaning and men add a touch of starch to those shirts.