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Ace an interview by improving subtle characteristics

Posted on May 18th, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Numerous factors can convey that a candidate is potentially suitable for a position during an interview. The Cookeville Times points out that in many cases, those factors are subtle and sometimes discriminative based on looks and perception.

Hidden factors, such as a candidate's hair, smile, eyes or teeth, can influence a potential employers' decision. Thus, the paper says it's important to stay well-groomed. Purchase eye drops in case allergies become an issue, trim any facial hair, and don't over smile – but if a smile breaks through, it's helpful if a candidate has white teeth.

Some candidates, however, need interview training because their life was previously occupied by other pressing duties.

The Washington Post reports that many veterans returning from service in Iraq or Afghanistan are at a disadvantage when looking for civilian positions because they lack job-training skills.

New legislation recently introduced in Congress, called the Hiring Heroes Act, would require departing service members to participate in a program that teaches job-search techniques, resume writing and interviewing tips.

"This is a good way to soften their landing," Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, told the media outlet. "These folks shouldn’t have to face high unemployment rates when they return. They shouldn’t be coming home to unemployment checks."
 

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