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12/04/2014 09:45 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2015

Wear Perfume During a Skype Interview

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Wearing perfume during a Skype interview could be a good idea.

Preparing the meeting as though it will be in person will take it to the next level. Technology is strange sometimes. I think people look weird on Skype. The image is often distorted and the person almost always looks like they're sinking in their chair. It's an awkward angle that tilts and makes the person look like their shoulders are pushed down. Anyway, I think it's easy to get lost in the gadgetry and assume the meeting or interview or whatever, is less demanding or that you can slack off a little bit since the other person isn't actually sitting across from you watching your every move. On Skype you could wear slippers and pajama bottoms. I mean you could actually sit there with no underwear on and a really nice shirt and no one would know.

But don't do that.

Light perfume is a nice touch when you're going out somewhere special or meeting a group of people for dinner. A pleasant scent can even have an aromatherapy calming effect for others. Unless it's a bad scent. That's a problem. I know someone who wears too much of a bad scent and after we hug goodbye I smell it for hours. I think I know which perfume it is and it's a shame because it's very high end and I always thought it was a classic. Unfortunately it's just awful. It smells like a blob of stale flower stems instead of the flowers themselves. I don't care if it's $2,000 a bottle, it's gross. Anyway she wears it and I wish she wouldn't but she does and that's that. I wear a very soft scent that is also well known but not terribly expensive. I've been wearing it for many, many years. I love it. It just makes me think of fields of light white flowers blowing in a late summer breeze.

The important thing here is to recognize that when you're on a Skype interview you should put yourself in the same frame of mind as though you are going to wander around that beautiful field of flowers and bring that emotion to the interview. Pure joy. That's the way to do it.

Forget the stupid technology causing everyone to be awkward adjusting their sound, looking upward in the wrong direction from the screen. I mean, it's just silly. But if you wear a gorgeous shirt, put on some make up, do your hair so that it looks naturally fabulous and not too perfect, you must, you must, add a dash of perfume before you sit in that creaky office chair. The person you are speaking to will never know you smell so good. But it will come through in your voice and your attitude.

This is what I have learned while preparing for a Skype interview.