The following article is a guest post.
Does it really matter what you wear at an interview? What about how well-groomed you are?
Contrary to popular belief, first appearances matter a lot.
In business, the way you present yourself in front of clients, negotiators, and peers is fundamental.
Whether you’re the one looking for a job, or you’re the hiring manager, being well-groomed conveys professionalism, and at the same demands respect.
Unlike men, who take 10-20 minutes to get ready for work, studies have shown that women spend more than 60 minutes in front of the mirror.
This usually depends on where they work, and what their job implies.
In business, we deal with people – of all kinds and sorts. This means we can’t afford to look sloppy. Doing your hair and makeup, and striving to look your best no matter the circumstances is key to making a good first impression.
Women, in particular, spend most of their preparation time doing their makeup. They invest a lot of money on quality products that cost a fortune only to make sure their faces look intact for as long as possible.
Sometimes, they strive to look amazing for up to 16 hours a day. Most business women have a very clearly-defined sense of fashion. They’re crazy about the elegant office look because it conveys elegance and sophistication.
A well-groomed physique is not completely groomed unless your skin looks flawless.
If you want to look professional, and turn people’s heads around, you have to moisturize more. But that’s still not enough. These days, busy business women don’t have time to go to the gym on a daily basis; but they wouldn’t say “no” to a relaxation body massage.
There are lots of treatments you can opt for to make sure your skin looks and feels healthy.
The key to having soft, beautiful skin is not just about beauty treatments. What matters is what you put inside your body, too. Healthy foods and at least 2 liters of water per day, keep the body strong and energetic, and the skin looking and feeling more elastic and youthful.
Personal grooming and success: is there any connection?
Even though there’s a clear correlation between professional success and personal grooming, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a lot of cash of preserving appearances.
As a matter of fact, 48% of today’s professionals state that they spend a reasonable amount of time getting dressed and groomed.
But if they have to go to a job interview or attend a business meeting, they do strive to look their best.
Business women focus more on skincare, makeup and wardrobe. Men, on the other hand, are mostly concerned with clothes and accessories.
When you work closely with other people, a proper personal hygiene is a fundamental factor that sets the bar in productivity and teamwork. HR specialists and managers considering new candidates for open positions or promotions will always be weary of personal grooming concerns. That’s because they speak directly to the person and they appeal to that person’s self-image.
Managers care about body odors, bad breath, smoking odors, wearing perfume or cologne (too much makes a bad impression), and revealing clothes.
Truth be told, hygiene and personal grooming are issues that affect anyone. Even tough bad body odor and bad breath are things most people don’t like to talk about, these factors can ruin your reputation.
A well-groomed body boosts self-confidence.
Both men and women feel confident when they look good.
For a woman to look and feel her best, she has to have the perfect hairstyle, best makeup, and most appropriate clothes. But that’s not enough. A weekly visit at the salon to get a full body wax, and a relaxing mani-pedi also contributes to increasing self-esteem and confidence.
Nowadays, there are lots of beauty treatments women can decide upon to preserve their level of confidence at work. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily imply getting liposuction or a facelift.
Non-invasive treatments that are in charge of taking good care of your body are just as efficient. An IPL laser treatment, for example, is a permanent hair removal procedure. After several sessions recommended by your physician, your body will feel smooth and it will look amazing for months.
If you want to make an impression at work, and really turn people’s heads around, taking good care of your body inside out is paramount.