Of course, your attire doesn’t mean you’re the most qualified or the best candidate, but it does help create that great first impression. And, after all, hiring is a subjective process … so do what you can to impress not only your skills and experience, but also your appearance.
If you don’t know how to dress, ask the recruiter who arranged the interview. Or drop by their workplace to see how people dress.
Sometimes I get asked about tattoos and piercings. Cover them? Remove piercings?
Societal norms and company policies change over time. Call me old school, but I suggest you err on the side of tattoos, especially if you are working in direct client contact or in a professional setting.
As with clothing, don’t let your looks be a distraction or a negative potential. Regardless of the job at hand, avoid wearing flip flops.
As for the piercings, I suggest you remove them during the interview. Again, avoid distractions. Ask about their body art policy. Again, a trip to their workplace might tell you about their policy. on body art. It is worth taking an interest in it.
Next time, I’ll cover more pre and post interview scenarios that sometimes give people trouble.