How much does appearance matter in job interviews?

Tatler editor Kate Reardon sparked controversy last week when she suggested having confidence and clean hair in a job interview is more important than having an impeccable CV. Read her full interview with The Observer here. It brings to mind a rather unnerving question: Are employers more interested in the way you look than with your CV? A quick Google search will show you survey after survey that suggests being good looking gives you an advantage in getting hired. Disheartened? Don’t despair just yet my hideous friends – the truth is many factors contribute to whether or not someone gets a job and your ugliness is just one of many factors that might be holding you back. What we can tell you for sure is the impression you give when you meet potential employers at an interview is crucial because your new boss needs to feel you’re the right fit for their company. Now, before you start explaining that you’re applying for a job in a blue collar industry and a suit and tie isn’t really necessary, these are general guidelines – please treat each situation on its merits. Bearing that in mind, here are some quick tips on how to dress for job interviews! 1. Dress to impress, keeping it conservative It’s wise to keep your dress code conservative and formal – better to be overdressed than underdressed. Girls, think suits, blouses, tights and mid-length skirts or dresses. Boys, think suits, belts, ties, black socks and smart shoes. Leave the polo shirts, sports shoes and low necklines at home. 2. Take out facial piercings and cover those tats Unless...

The 10 most common interview questions (and best answers)

So, you got a job interview? Hooray! Now there’s just that little matter of those pesky interview questions that you are going to have to answer. Now, it goes without saying every interview is different and any questions will massively depend on the job and field you’ve applied for, but there are a few usual suspects that rear their ugly heads on a regular basis. We’ve narrowed it down to the ten we see most frequently and then just for good measure we’ve chucked in some advice about how to answer them. Think of it as an early Christmas present. OK, off we go… 1 Why are you interested in working for our company? Simple but effective – one of the most common interview questions. Your interviewer wants to know if you’ve done your research so you better know all about their company. Employers are looking for someone enthusiastic who knows what they’re talking about so give examples of what attracted you to their particular company which highlight their strong points. For example, if the company is known for excellent customer service, make it clear this is something you are passionate about. Then give an example of something you’ve done in the past to prove it – here’s a few examples to get your creative juices flowing. Don’t worry if you don’t have anything like that up your sleeve, just make sure you can give an example or two to back up what you are saying. 2 Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? This question can throw interviewees because the human instinct to chat kicks in so try not...