Job Interview Beauty: How to Put Your Best Face Forward

A huge part of the job interview process is ‘looking the part’. And while we can’t guarantee to get you hired, we’ve put together some tips to help you put your best face forward.

INTERVIEW BEAUTY TIP #1: RESEARCH THE COMPANY AND INDUSTRY

Tailor your look to the company and industry you’re interviewing for. For example, if you’re interviewing at a bank, go for subtle makeup and simple, understated hair —i.e no red lips or mohawks.

Corporate settings tend to be more conservative, and the more corporate you go, the more conservative you should appear. That’s especially true if you’re applying for a position where you have to represent the company to the public on a day to day basis.

If it’s a corporate setting, a sleek low bun, dewy skin, a swipe of mascara, and a light lip is all you need.

At a creative workplace, like a fashion magazine, you have more leeway and can probably have a little more fun with your look.

INTERVIEW BEAUTY TIP #2: LESS IS MORE

Like Coco Chanel said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” While we’re not talking accessories—though you may want to heed the advice there too—the less is more approach also applies to beauty. A fresh face will let your killer resume and confidence shine through.

INTERVIEW BEAUTY TIP #3: GO NEUTRAL WITH YOUR NAILS

A light and neutral shade, like a pastel pink, is a great choice. It lengthens your fingers and makes your hands and nails look polished and clean.

In terms of length, don’t go too long. Any shape works as long as your nails are neatly filed and clean.

INTERVIEW BEAUTY TIP #4: TAKE YOUR TIME

Plan to give yourself a few hours to get ready to ensure there’s no rushing around on the day of your interview.

Try and schedule the interview on a day where you won’t have much planned, so there’s no way you’ll stress out beforehand. And if you can, set aside a little extra time to just sit around and calm any nerves before your interview.

INTERVIEW BEAUTY TIP #5: DON’T EXPERIMENT

An interview is not the time to experiment with your hair and beauty looks. Stick with something tried-and-true, that won’t raise eyebrows. It’s also a good idea to test-drive any new products before interview day.

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