You’re big boys and girls. I really, really shouldn’t have to tell you this but before you go to put on that aftershave or perfume prior to your job interview, please don’t! Or at the very least if you’re going to give yourself a bath in the stuff, wash it off your hands.
Seriously there’s only one thing worse than wasting a search consultant or HR person’s time with overblown and non-existent skills, and that is have to smell your aftershave or perfume transference on their hands long after you’ve met. Frankly it doesn’t matter whether it’s the cheapest Pepe La Pew Deluxe from the local $2 store or Chanel No. 5. If you’re wearing it and your interviewer ends up choking on it, you have done nothing for your candidacy.
Let’s face it, you’re not there to get a date. You’re there to get a job and impress professionals. If you think the search consultant is going to swoon at your Deep Chocolate Lynx body spray and progress your application due to your manly magnetism, you need a definite rethink. Oh and by the way… that cigarette you had to calm your nerves just before interview? You have presented in a cloud of smoke, just like a mobile personal incinerator. (Sorry, you need to know that).
Respect your interviewers. They may have asthma or any type of allergy set off by strong perfumes. Even if they don’t they may just not like breathing in and tasting your scent.
Don’t leave your interviewers wilting in your wake!