In a few seconds, a hiring manager can tell a lot about a person, just by how he or she dresses and acts.
“First impressions matter in any business setting,” says Cornelius R., manager of Store 1206 in Baton Rouge, La.—an 8-minute drive from Louisiana State University. “How you present yourself makes a lasting impact.” Cornelius knows. He’s hired a lot of college students over the years.
Here’s how to coach your child to stand out in a positive way during a job interview:
1. Dress Appropriately
Your clothes should show you take the job seriously, Cornelius says. That means khakis or dress pants, a button-down shirt or polo, or a conservative dress or skirt, with no holes, frays, or stains.
2. Be Confident
Shake hands, make eye contact, smile, and introduce yourself.
“This is a place of business,” Cornelius says, “so you should conduct yourself in a professional manner.”