Last month Hubby was busy interviewing candidates for 2 posts at his office. Since his US based company doesn’t place much interest in candidates’ appearance, the aspect of grooming is not one of the criteria of hiring that they take seriously (but still of course you can’t expect to come to the interview wearing sandals and shorts, right?) hehe..
Regardless of that, for those who are looking for jobs or holding one, it is important to note that results from a recent survey of more than 500 HR professionals – commissioned by Gillette(R) [PG] and conducted by Harris Interactive(R) indicate that 84% of HR professionals agree that well-groomed employees climb the corporate ladder faster than those who are not well-groomed.
When it comes to first impressions, ninety percent of HR professionals place more importance on being well-groomed than even a firm handshake.
For more expert advice and hire guide, you can check Gillette Career Advantage.
Gillette has engaged career expert, Mark Jeffries and GQ style correspondent, Brett Fahlgren to further supplement the insights from the HR survey with their own expert advice for guys who are looking for a new job or looking to get ahead in the job they currently have.
It doesn’t have to be an expensive products or designers clothes that make you shine out from the rest of the candidates, the usual facial cleanser, shampoo, shower gel, deodorant and after shave will do for your morning ritual. You can check out Gillette Resource Center to see what other products you can use to make yourself look presentable and well-groomed.
Personally, if I were a HR personnel I would definitely take special note of those candidates who come clean shaven, smell fresh and dress smart. It’s just that in my view that those who have unkempt appearance will look very unprofessional and not interested enough for the job.