Sunday, July 21, 2013

Winning Image at Job Interviews - Mind Your e-Mage

Posted in: , ,

It is no secret that employers now “snoop around”. In this present age, there is a real world and there is  a virtual world, and somehow we live in both simultaneously. While you have done all you can to give a good impression at the interview; you must clean up you e-MAGE (facebook page, twitter, google+, and blackberry profile).

After doing well at an interview and the interviewer needs to screen out two of the best three candidates, what he wants to do is look where you have not guarded - those social media platforms. Begin to build an image online from now. Mind the kind of information you share, profile pictures you use, display messages and status. The employer may not have seen the tattoo over your cleavage because you wore a good shirt that buttoned well, but he might just find that nasty image on your facebook page…and down goes your rating! You need a serious, good paying job? Maintain a serious image online.

Also never forget to switch off your phone before an interview. Learn to be civil when answering telephone calls, particularly from unknown numbers. A potential employer calls you up for further assessment after a successful interview and he gets this response: “hey waddup, who be you?” and you hear “Hello I am calling from the HR department of XYZ ltd..” Then you go “Hello, good day sir..”. This is very inconsistent, and bad!!! What you do not practice, you will not be able to deliver on sudden demand.

When sending an sms to a potential employer or recruiting firm, avoid slangs and abbreviations. Be civil and thorough; that is the kind of person they need.


After your interview, do something others would not do: write a follow up letter. A follow up letter let’s you appreciate the people who have taken time to interview you and gives a chance to restate your interest in the position and emphasize areas of your experience most relevant to the job. Lastly, you can make yourself available for further contact and discussion. Take a look at this sample follow up letter:

25 Crescent Crescent,
Adams Estate,
Bodija, Ibadan.   07035672892

29th July, 2012.

Mr. Lanre Benson,
XYZ Company,
87 Town Planning Way,
Ilupeju, Lagos

Dear Mr. Benson,
It was a pleasure to meet and talk with you yesterday. I appreciate the opportunity to learn and talk more about XYZ and the Programmer position.
There is no gainsaying that XYZ is an industry leader in Information Technology with a commitment to research. I have always wanted to work in an environment where ideas are conceived and developed, rather than copied.
One significant outcome of the interview is that I am more convinced that my undergraduate thesis on special programming languages will prove extremely valuable in helping XYZ develop their newest software.
I am very interested in the Programmer position and would welcome the opportunity to meet with you again, as well as others in the company.
Thank you for your interest and time. I envisage you might want additional information, and perhaps discuss next step of the recruitment process in detail, I plan to call early next week.


This article series, “Winning Image at Job Interviews” was written by Boye Falonipe, Principal Consultant at Noir Enhancement-  Business Image and Protocol Consultant ( )
Boye is the author of the essential manual on Business Dressing “Succeeding with Appearance in Business and Career” ( )

Twitter: @NoirEnhancement
Facebook: Boye Falonipe


  1. Hey! I know this is kinda off topic however
    I'd figured I'd ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest authoring a
    blog article or vice-versa? My website goes over a lot of the same subjects as yours and I think we could greatly benefit
    from each other. If you happen to be interested feel free to
    shoot me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you!

    Great blog by the way!

    My blog post :: seo birmingham

  2. I think the admin of this website is truly working hard for his website, as here every stuff is quality based information.

    Feel free to visit my page kliknij **

  3. I got this site from my friend who informed me about this
    site and now this time I am visiting this site and reading very informative posts at this place.

    Here is my blog post :: barek

  4. I'm gone to convey my little brother, that he should also visit this website on regular basis to obtain updated from most recent reports.

    Here is my weblog Miernik mocy optycznej

  5. Every weekend i uѕеd to go to see thіs web pagе, for thе гeaѕon that і wish for
    enjoymеnt, as this this web page сonations in fact pleasаnt funny information too.

    Аlsο vіsit my site: Fluke

  6. Aw, this was an extremely nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort
    to produce a superb article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and never seem to get nearly anything done.

    Here is my site - barek globus

  7. Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am impressed!
    Very helpful information specifically the last part :) I care for such info a
    lot. I was seeking this particular info for a long time.
    Thank you and good luck.

    Feel free to visit my web page; barki

  8. Pretty nice post. I simply stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to mention that I
    have really loved browsing your blog posts. In any case I'll
    be subscribing on your feed and I am hoping you write once more very

    Here is my web blog ... grzejniki chromowane

  9. What's up friends, how is all, and what you desire to say regarding this paragraph, in my view its in fact awesome in support of me.

  10. Hello my family member! I wish to say that this post is awesome, nice written and include almost all significant
    infos. I'd like to look more posts like this .


Click Post a Comment to share your thoughts, I'll love to hear from you. Thanks!

*Comments on old posts are moderated and may take sometime to be shown. That's just because I want to see them and respond to you if necessary.