Did you know that your smile can influence the outcome of your job interview? Your smile is one of the things that people will notice first about you and whilst it may sound a little cliché, it’s so very true.
Many people realize that their first impression influences the decisions of their potential employers, so they may wear a suit, have a fresh haircut, polish their shoes and all the obvious preparations for such an important meeting, but overlooking oral hygiene could be the difference between success and failure.
Multiple studies show that many potential employers judge their applicants based on their first impression. Your interviewers can rule you out even before you say a word based on your look. How does your smile improve your job prospects?
It leaves a positive impression
Candidates that smile often through an interview leave a positive impression on their potential employer. When you give a full smile, your interviewers think of you as healthy, confident and ready for the job.
Whilst you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, a bright white smile will give an indication of someone that takes care of themselves, that is smart, well presented and a good advocate for your company.
On the contrary, turning up with toast crumbs sitting in between your teeth, bad breath or stained teeth will all lead to the conclusion that you are unkempt, disorganized and unambitious.
Which absolutely may not be the case. (Poor dental health is not always a sign of poor hygiene, but it unlikely you will have the opportunity to explain such flaws in a short interview) If your oral health is less than pristine, you may have to work harder on other areas of your appearance and interview performance to give you a chance.
It’s not just teeth that can be a turn-off for employers, too much makeup or poorly applied cosmetics cam also ruin your chances. Depending on the role that you are going for, red lipstick or over the use of dark pencils can be a little off-putting as can obviously draw on eyebrows. (The day of an interview is certainly no way to experiment with the makeup bag! Neutral shades are good without an over caked application. If you are applying for a role that requires a more glamorous appearance such as an air hostess, makeup artist or promo girl then, of course, go the whole hog! But always check that you don’t have lipstick on your teeth!
Try to avoid appearing nervous or confused. Nerves are part and parcel of an interview and the interviewers will expect this to a certain extent. In small doses, it can work in your favor as it proves how important the position is to you. Ample research on the company and the role should equip you well enough.
Even if you have a perfect set of pearly whites, you must balance the smile with great answers to all questions. Be confident in yourself and your ability to fulfill the role. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
A full smile communicates confidence
One of the reasons why many people miss opportunities is lack of confidence during interviews. You may have all the qualifications and skills needed but lack of confidence will lead to negative feedback.
To overcome this as I mentioned before, make time to prepare. Have a friend conduct a mock interview for you. If the interview requires a certain skill set, provide evidence of such skills. Your appearance is a cause for insecurity, do all you can to improve this. Also, weight is an issue, choose an outfit and accessories that will flatter your shape.
Looking down or away from the interviewer will automatically show that you are filled with self-doubt. Combine your smile with eye contact, (without appearing as if you are trying to intimidate the interviewer)
A smile builds trust
Studies have indicated that strangers trust people who smile often more than those who do not. Employers naturally warm to a candidate that smile more often. If you have a sad or serious face throughout the interview, the potential employer may think that you have something to hide. You also may appear moody or disinterested. Both traits will be huge no’s. The last person the recruiter wants to hire is someone who will be difficult to train, that may not be amicable with the rest of the team. Remember that your employer has no knowledge of your personality or character. The interviewer hopes to learn that during the face-to-face interviews. You have a chance to build trust even before you join the company with positive body language. Practice answering interview question in the mirror to gauge how you look. Overzealous smiling or laughter may make you appear too jovial and not serious enough about the position.
Remember that your employer has no knowledge of your personality or character. The interviewer hopes to learn that during the face-to-face interviews. You have a chance to build trust even before you join the company with positive body language. Practice answering interview question in the mirror to gauge how you look. Overzealous smiling or laughter may make you appear too jovial and not serious enough about the position.
We have talked about the importance of a warm full smile in showing forth confidence, creating a positive impression, and building trust.
People associate straight teeth with accomplishment and are likely to remember you for such features. People are generally attracted to people with outstanding features such as straight white teeth.
If your teeth are crooked or stained, consider investing in cosmetic dentistry to get your pearly white smile back. The investment may be the difference between you losing or landing your dream job. Studies show that whitening your teeth will not only improve your chances of being hired but also increase your chances of a higher salary.
It is evident from the discussion that you can no longer ignore your oral health if you want to land your dream job. A warm smile sets you apart from other candidates and shows your level of confidence in your skills and abilities. If you need to whiten your teeth or undergo any other treatment, start doing it now before the next invite for an interview.