You only get one chance to make a good first impression. Whether you are going for a job interview, or meeting someone for the first time, the first statement is true.
For the young people out there that will be graduating from high school in 2016, this is for you. Even though our society doesn’t seem to care much about how they look these days, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t care. Just like my Mamma always told my sister, my brothers and me, “Just because your friends jump off of a bridge doesn’t mean that you have to jump off of it too.” This means that just because your friends are too lazy to fold up their clean clothes, and they would rather wear sloppy wrinkled up clothes that look like they slept in them, it doesn’t mean that you have to look like them and wear the same kind of clothes.
This is especially true if you are going for a job interview, or if you are meeting someone new, important or not, for the first time. You will want to look your best. If you show up for a job interview with wrinkled clothes, socks that don’t match (if you are a guy), either they are different colors or even types of socks(one is a short sock and one is a long sock), or if you are a lady and you show up with no hose on, then your prospective boss may perceive you to be lazy and would therefore be hap hazard about your job and the office surroundings. Bottom line, you would most likely be told that you do not qualify for the job, or that they have found someone that is more qualified for the job than you are.
The only exception to this would be if you were going for a job interview where you would be getting dirty, such as construction work, or working with farm animals. Nobody would expect the guys to show up in a suit, or the ladies to show up in a dress or a skirt and blouse.
Most prospective bosses look at the way you are dressed, how you keep your hair, and even whether or not your fingernails are clean and neat. You send out a very bad message if any of these things is out of place. The prospective boss would most likely feel like you would have a desk or office that was always in shambles and that you would not be able to find anything at a moments notice.
On the other hand, if you show up well dressed, hair clean and brushed or combed, and fingernails clean and neat, then the prospective boss would feel like you would be an asset to the company. You would most likely be hired if you were also qualified for the job.
When you are meeting someone for the first time, as the saying goes, “You should always put your best foot forward.” What this means is that if you want to make a good impression and possibly a new friend, then you need to look and act like you care about yourself. After all, if you don’t care about yourself, then how can you expect someone else to care about you, especially if they are just meeting you for the first time. If you show up with clothes all wrinkled up, hair in a shambles, and have on miss matched socks, if any socks at all, they will think that you just don’t care about anything. They may also have the feeling that someone that doesn’t care anymore than that would be a downer wherever they are, and that they would be better off to just stay away.
They may get the impression that they would never want to visit where you live. If you don’t care anymore about yourself than to dress and look the way you do at that time, then your house or apartment must be a total wreck. Chances are even if they did visit your house, they would not dare to ask for a drink of water, and would most likely decline any offer that you might make of food. They would be too scared of catching something from the dirty dishes and glasses.
About the only time that this would not be true is if you were getting over some very traumatic event in your life. It would have to be an event such as a death in the family, an auto accident where the car got totaled, you were getting over some type of sickness or injury, or if you happen to be in the middle of cleaning up the house or yard, or something on those lines. I hope you get the picture.
I think that I have said enough for you to understand what I am trying to get across to you about how you look. You should want to look clean and fairly nice at all times. But like I tried to point out, this is especially true if you are going for a job interview, or you are meeting someone for the first time. Once they have seen you, it won’t do much good to say, “I promise I’ll look better the next time I see you. I don’t always look this bad.” The initial damage has already been done