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Laura Machan

Laura Machan

Laura Machan is a Partner, Recruitment Solutions for a major human resources consulting firm based in Toronto, Ontario. Although she has been recruiting for quite a few years, she still gets a big thrill from calling someone to set up an interview and an even bigger thrill when she hears a happy dance as she tells them when their new job starts. Laura lives with her family in Oakville, where she has lived for over 25 years, and is a significant contributor to the Canadian Federation of University Women - Oakville and Women in Nuclear, Golden Horseshoe Chapter.

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It finally started to warm up this week here in Ontario. I know this because I arrived for a meeting yesterday practically glistening with sweat from walking outside.

I am thrilled to have beautiful weather but it really can be a problem for people going to interviews. The last thing you want to do is to wipe sweat from your brow after the first question.

What to do?

We all arrive early for interviews. Instead of heading to the elevator bank, wait in the lobby until you cool down. Have some water and take a few minutes to compose yourself and do some strategic blotting.

You could wear an undershirt/camisole and then head to the bathroom for a quick change.

Carry your blazer over your arm. You can put it on at the last-minute. No one on the subway will care.

Don’t be tempted to wear a lot of cologne to mask a potential BO problem. That’s not the answer. A lot of people have scented sensitivity and that would be a sure-fire way to make a crappy impression.

So just take it easy and arrive calm, cool and ready to talk about what you and why you do it so well.

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