How to avoid the #1 job interview disaster (bad breath)


Problems like bad breath can spoil your chances in an important job interview. Take these job interview tips into account to avoid this and other job interview disasters.

Transcript Hi, I'm Katrina Szish for Howdini. Today I'm joined by Melissa Brown, the president of It's Just Lunch. And she's going to share some tips on how to make a great impression on a job interview,--


--more important these days than ever.

Yes, certainly, yes.

So what is one of the first things you should keep in mind on how to make a great impression?

Sure. Well, I think one thing that you have to keep in mind when you're going on a job interview is that first impressions are everything. So when you're preparing, think about what you're going to be wearing. I always recommend that you would be in the business professional outfit. You want to think about your hairstyle. You want it off your face. But you also want to look very presentable. You want to be considerate, too, to the accessories that you're wearing as well. The other thing to think of is your scents. Most people do not think of that.

Actual say anything you're wearing on your body, any particular--



Perfume or cologne, you don't want to be too overpowering. It could sometimes throw off the interviewer. But I think the most important thing is your smile. So it's extremely important. Because not only does that show that you're trustworthy, but it also shows that you're very confident.

A lot of people may be confident in other ways but may not be quite as confident in their smile. And it is--


--so important. So how can someone, I don't know, maybe regain confidence in their smile?

Absolutely. If you're not confident with your smile, there's definitely things that you could do. And one of the things I would recommend is consider Whitestrips, especially if you have time to prepare for the interview. About a week before, you could start using the Whitestrips. And that will help whiten up your teeth. And then also what you can do whitening toothpaste right--

Oh, great.

--before the interview. Yes. So that's should give you the confidence that you need when you're in your interview.

That little extra kind of glimmer.

Yes, exactly, the pearly whites.

OK, pearly white are great.


So OK, you're confident with your smile. You've got your outfit together.


You get to the interview. What else can you do to make a great first impression?

Sure. There's a few things that you want to consider. One is definitely the handshake.

Ah, yes.

Yes, you want--

No spaghetti hands.

No spaghetti hands--


--and also not so strong that you're breaking the interviewer's hands, you want it to be firm, just as firm as their grip. The other thing, too, is eye contact. That shows, again, that you are trustworthy. It also shows that you are confident. And then three is also show those pearly whites. You've got to show that smile to them, as well.

Fantastic. Now, what about kind of if a lot of times in interviews people will say, OK, great. Do you have any questions for me? And they'll kind of turn the floor over to the interviewee.


How do you handle that?

Well, what I would definitely recommend doing is having some questions. You don't want to come in with a laundry list. You don't want to spend too much of the interviewer's time answering your questions. Because you should have already done your research for the most part. But have one or two questions. Make sure they're sincere. Don't just ask questions to ask questions.

Now, I think a lot of people think, OK, I've got a ton of job interviews to go to. I'm just trying to get a job. And maybe they're not as prepared as they should be. Or they make a mistake even maybe about the company name.

Oh, yes. Absolutely. Do your research. Know the company name. Know who you're going to meet, yes.

Well, it seems so simple but--

It's very simple, yes.

--it's a mistake.

But it's something that you definitely should do prior to the interview.

OK, fantastic. I think those were all excellent tips.

Thank you.

We will all be employed any minute. Melissa Brown from It's Just Lunch, thank you very much. To recap, job interviews require you to make a powerful positive first impression. Do this by smiling and making sure it is a beautiful white smile. Make eye contact throughout the interview. Shake hands and say the name of your interviewer both coming and going. Follow these tips and your first impression will be a lasting one. On behalf of Crest 3D White, I'm Katrina Szish for Howdini. For more information, check out the website.
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    Melissa Brown President, It’s Just Lunch Melissa Brown, President of It’s Just Lunch oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization with an area of focus and expertise in customer service, franchising and revenue generation. more about this expert »

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