You know that the employer is evaluating your appearance, but did you know that they are also paying attention to the way that you smell? Don’t worry, most employers won’t sniff you before you sit down for the interview, but if they notice your odour, it could be a deal breaker. While your shampoo or body lotion may be delightful, it is best to minimize any odour. Pay attention to these common odours and make sure that the employer isn’t holding their nose during your interview:
Body odour and bad breath. Good personal hygiene is crucial for a job interview. If you smell like you haven’t showered, brushed your teeth, or put on deodorant, very few employers will hire you, even if you are a perfect fit for the position. If you’re not sure if you’re clean enough, then shower again.
Cigarette smoke. Some employers would prefer not to hire smokers. There is a perception that smokers take more breaks, and many people hate the smell of cigarette smoke. If you are a smoker, don’t give the employer the opportunity to discriminate against you by coming into the interview smelling like cigarettes.
Strong perfume or cologne. Since a number of people are allergic to perfumes, many organizations have adopted a scent-free policy. If your perfume or cologne is overwhelming, the interviewers may find it distracting. Additionally, wearing strong perfume or cologne makes you appear unaware and inconsiderate. Make sure that you’re clean and skip the scent.
Food smells. Certain foods, such as onions, garlic, and strong spices stick to your clothes, skin and hair. These smells can be strong and unpleasant. Don’t eat or cook strong smelling foods before an interview, and if you think that you might be carrying an odour, shower and change. The interviewer doesn’t need to know what you had for lunch.
Alcohol. If you show up to a job interview smelling like alcohol, no employer will hire you. While it goes without saying that you should never drink alcohol before a job interview, keep in mind that some extra strong mouthwashes smell like alcohol. Avoid confusion by skipping the mouthwash and brushing your teeth.
It may seem silly that the employer would decide not to hire you based on the way that you smell. What does it have to do with your ability to do the job? Remember that the employer is not hiring you merely for your skills, but they are hiring the whole package. The way that you present yourself is even more important if you are talking to customers, or otherwise representing the organization. Also, if you have a strong body odour, it presents you as a someone who is not self aware, and who may not understand the requirements of the business environment. Think about it from the employer’s point of view; would you want to hire someone who stinks?
(Photo From: Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net)