Appearance and Professionalism in the workplace Dari DeSousa; PHR Director of HR Operations San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina
How serious am I? • Please think to yourselves and rate the level of how well you think my presentation will be… • 1 is low, and unprofessional. • 5 is high, and represents a skilled presentation. • WHY did you pick the score you did?
Visible Body Piercings • How much is too much? • When are they appropriate? • Should you remove them for the interview or only when you get the job? • Biggest “NO” = facial piercings • Sometimes acceptable = tongues • Most acceptable = various ear piercings
Basic guidelines: • Closed toe shoes • No shorts, short skirts or jeans • Clean, neat and conservative • Never show the interviewer your belly, back or too much cleavage • Leave funky fashion at home – you want to stand out because of your skills, not your extreme state of dress
Basic Guidelines: • Neat and clean appearance • Under no circumstances should the interviewer know the answer to the question, “Boxers or Briefs” • Neat hair, clean shaven • Wear conservative clothing instead of sports wear or items with logos • Remove excessive jewelry and any earrings.
Facial Hair Guidelines: • Any facial hair must be neat, groomed, trimmed and well kept • Know the company’s policy before you waste your (and their) time interviewing …if you are especially attached to your moustache or goatee and would refuse to shave • 5 o’clock shadow will impress no one
Mannerisms that will get you noticed (in a bad way)! • No eye contact, no smile • Slouching • Slang • Talking on your cell phone or having your cell phone ring at all • “Uhhhh” • Not shaking our hands and saying, “thank you” at the end of the interview
Be prepared: • Know the answer to the following question, “Why should this Company hire you over other applicants with the same amount or slightly more work experience than you”? • A resume will make your application stand out over other students/teens also trying to get a job. • Know the Company for which you are applying – visit the web site, visit the workplace before you interview – then you will have an idea of who you could potentially be working for.
A few extra “WOW”s… • Know the name of the person interviewing you, at the end of the interview say, “Thank you very much for your time Mr. Jones”. • Ask for the interviewer’s business card, use the information to send them a quick “thank you” note, thanking them for their time, and letting them know you are excited about the possibility of working for their Company. • If you are unsure of what is appropriate, call the HR Department of the Company and simply ask – they will help you out.