Posted By Tolu Kotun


Jobseekers, let’s talk about body odour. While preparing for interviews, we focus so much on writing the perfect resume and cover letter. Well, I have news for you- you might have the perfect resume, qualifications and still fail the interview before it even starts.

There are some candidates that take your breath away and not in a good way. Your resume might be impeccable, but if you walk into a job interview and the interviewer’s nose starts to burn, that’s going to present a problem. Body odour distracts the interviewer and prevents him from asking questions that are pertinent to your interview success. If you walk into the room oozing, the interviewer will want to wrap it up very fast so you can leave.

Odours to be conscious of when attending an interview:

Cigarette/alcohol smell: We have seen several warnings about the side effects of smoking and alcohol. However, if you still want to go ahead and do these things, that’s a personal choice and is really nobody’s business. At least don’t do it before an interview. Going in for an interview smelling like a burning building is not going to do you any favours. Apart from the stench of alcohol, you give off the vibe of an irresponsible person. I mean, who smokes before an interview anyway?

Heavy perfume: We all love our designer perfumes. Some people would go back home after walking a few kilometres just because they forgot to use perfume. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using perfume, however, moderation is key. You don’t need to bathe in it. A couple of spritzes will suffice. You don’t want to burn the interviewer’s nose with your scent. This will not work in your favour.

Mouth odour: Trust me, you don’t want to talk and have people holding their breath. There are several causes of bad breath, medical and non-medical. Non-medical causes of mouth odour include smoking, eating smelly foods (garlic, onions), terrible oral hygiene, and dry mouth. If your mouth odour is not caused by a medical condition, you have no excuse. Brushing, flossing and using mouthwash regularly should work wonders. Also, don’t ignore your tongue when brushing, scrub it well.

Suffice it to say, that if people smell  (bad smell) you before they see you, you might not be getting that job. It might seem unfair to be judged based on the way you smell. But put yourself in the shoes of the employer, and the people you will work with if hired. Imagine someone with body odour attending to clients.

The bottom line is to maintain good personal hygiene. Cleanliness, after all, is next to godliness.

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