The COVID-19 pandemic changed many things, including many of the ways in which we interview and seek jobs. As we begin to see in-person interviewing phased back in, it is important to consider that many places may still require the use of a mask. In order to put your best foot forward, consider these best practices if an interview requires use of a mask:
- Articulation: Be sure to select a mask that will not overly muffle your voice. It is important that you can be heard clearly by the interviewer. You may consider practicing with a friend to assess how well they can understand words spoken while wearing your chosen mask.
- Type of Mask: Just as it is expected that you wear appropriate business attire in an interview setting, it is equally important that your mask be business-appropriate. Consider a medical-grade mask or a fabric mask in a neutral color. If the mask has a design, consider if it would be appropriate to wear a tie or shirt with the same design–if not, best to steer clear.
- Proper Hygiene: Ensure that your mask is clean. This may mean putting on a fresh mask immediately prior to your interview.
- Religious Affiliation: Considering all religious affiliations, if you plan to wear a niqab, hijab, burka, or another face covering, ensure that it covers your nose and mouth, wear a mask in addition, or engage in an interactive process with the employer to request an accommodation.
For any questions regarding interview preparation, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with your Career Coach. Additionally, check out these articles about interviewing in a mask to learn more.