Interviews can be tricky situations. Right? You are trying to stay calm but your heart is beating faster than you think it should. Second-guessing the interviewer, preparing your answers to get that right job. How to present your credentials, what to say and what to highlight? What is your unique proposition and why should the company hire you? Added to this, trust me when I say that each company has its own way of evaluating candidates. The ability to tie up that interview is dependant on one key input – that is your demeanor and persona. How much have you paid attention to it?
Demeanor and persona – essentials for success
The dictionary defines ‘demeanor’ as outward behavior or bearing. It also means manner, air, attitude, appearance, look, aspect and more. So address these aspects one by one. Let us begin with outward behavior – calm, self-assured and not fidgety. Manners? Be polite, wait to be asked to be seated, listen carefully without interrupting the interviewer. Air – one of confidence and not arrogance. Attitude – someone who can demonstrate a ‘can do attitude’ and ready to learn. Convey a demeanor that you can go that extra mile to ensure your potential hire meets their company goals… Appearance and look together – that’s where dilemmas can be. You choose the shirt with the color you like, or your lucky color, then what happens? What if the setting demands that you wear a necktie? How will you go about choosing the right one? The one that will portray the right demeanor and persona?
Tie it up!
First, do a quick assessment of the following – if your physique is light then take a deep colour tie, heavy than opt for a lighter shade. Short in height take a stripe to give yourself a taller look. Tall than just stick to a nice, elegant plain tie possibly with self-patterns to ensure they notice you and not just your necktie. Yes, and don’t forget the company and their style too. Formal companies and businesses mean that you stick to the safe shades- blues, greys, creams and overall lighter ones. Informal company, then the brighter colors, floral, geometrics and more will work.
One last thought – your necktie is the second most important area the eyes will fall on. First your face, then your collar area. So get the best going starting with your face, necktie and all the homework and preparation you need to ace that interview. No positive demeanor and persona, no job.
Neckties certainly add to this. Try it out at your next interview.