Of course, physical appearance matters. The person you are meeting for the first time does not know you and your appearance is usually the first clue he or she has to go on. But it certainly does not mean you need to look like a model to create a strong and positive first impression. (Unless you are interviewing with your local model agency, of course!)
The key to a good impression is to present yourself appropriately.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and so the “picture” you first present says much about you to the person you are meeting. Is your appearance saying the right things to help create the right first impression? Let’s put it this way; If someone is selling me a product or service and they’re wearing sweatpants and sandals, I’m probably not going to take them seriously. Not because I have something against that look, it just tells me that they’re not putting forth an effort to take this seriously. On the opposite side, dressing up too much can give off an impression of desperation or being fake.
There’s nothing worse than heading into an important meeting and not feeling put together. When you don’t feel good about yourself, that translates to everyone who’s around you. So take the time to maintain your health and put yourself together before a meeting.
Having a good appearance needs a healthy confidence in yourself and services to get the job done!