Are Looks Correlated with a Successful Job Interview?

It has long been understood that good looks have a correlation with a higher salary. However, how do they factor in to scoring a job interview? How about having a successful interview?

Employers would like to say that they hire solely on credentials, personality, and best fit for the job, but truth be told, first impressions do matter. When searching for job interview tips online, many highlight the importance of dressing for success, and what specifically to wear on your interview. When it comes down to it, looks do play a part in earning a positive first impression. Also, you will be more confident if you feel attractive and comfortable in your own skin.

This of course does not mean you need to look like a super model in order to get hired. In fact, when polled, many employers prefer to hire someone who is not so noticeably good looking that they feel like they may be a distraction! However,  there are simple ways you can improve your looks and confidence when entering the job market, and your smile is probably the most important.

Smiling is a way to show confidence, poise, and connect with your future employer. It is a universal language understood by all. How well you care for your smile can speak volumes about you. If you are self-conscious about your smile, it may affect the success of your job interview. If you are concerned about the color of your teeth, consider a whitening beforehand. If you feel you have a crooked smile, look into some adult-friendly ways to straighten your teeth (see our post on our exciting  new treatment, Six Month Smiles).

In your experience, have you found that looks impact a job interview?

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About the author

A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)