A smile can say so much about you. It can communicate warmth and openness, but it can also convey the wrong message. The saying is “eyes are the gateway to the soul,” but it can be said that the smile is the open/closed sign hanging above the gate. How can you ensure your smile is communicating what you want in a job interview?

 When job searching, it is important to put your best foot forward, come across approachable, nice and open to opportunities. Start by checking your smile in the mirror.


What do you see?  Are your teeth clean? Be sure to always brush and floss before heading to an interview.

What color are your teeth?  Discolorations can cause someone to shirk away from you. If you see that your teeth are discolored and yellowing from all of the coffee, red wine and soft drinks consumed, you may want to consider a tooth whitening toothpaste, whitening mouthwash or professional teeth whitening in a dentist’s office.

What do you smell? Cup your hand and do a “breath check”. Bad breath can be caused by a number of factors, some of which indicate gum disease and other issues within our mouths that need the attention of a dentist. Bad breath will kill an interview faster than you can say, “excuse me”.  An interviewer would prefer to end the interview quickly and get you the heck out of there, than offer you a mint.  After all of your hard work and interview preparations, don’t allow bad breath to prevent you from moving forward in the interviewing process.

A strong job search strategy will open interviewing doors for you, and a smile that looks great, is warm and communicates that you are approachable, will keep you in the seat in the interviewer’s office.