You’ve printed off your resume, know your strengths and weaknesses and have the perfect job interview outfit planned. But...
But have you considered how to do your hair and makeup? Just like a low cut top is a job interview no-no, glittery makeup or a messy ponytail is best saved for more social gatherings. While some of us may seek work in offices that are more creative or casual than others, when it comes to making a first impression, showing up at that job interview looking perfectly polished is key.
When you want to put your best hair—and face!—forward, a neutral look that highlights your natural beauty is best.
Don’t distract from your talents with hair that’s better suited for a night out with friends. To make sure the HR department focuses on your credentials rather than a hair blunder, here I will share some job interview-worthy beauty looks. Read on, take my advice and all you’ll have to worry about is showing up at the right place at the right time.
A Low Ponytail:
If your hair is wavy, this looks stylish and professional. Apply Smooth Ultime on damp hair and tie your hair back so that it lines up with the bottom of your ears. Take a half-inch-wide chunk of hair and wrap it around the ponytail holder. Secure that with a bobby pin, stuck in from the bottom up.
Down and Straight:
After towel-drying your hair, apply an alcohol-free hair product, like L'Oréal Gelée riche, to smooth out the cuticle and add shine. Split your hair into a center part, and divide into sections. Using a round brush, blowdry each section from roots to ends. "Take your time," your hair should have a nice textured finished to it, regardless of the length.
Note: It's a good idea to get a trim to remove broken ends that can cause frizz.
Down and Curly:
This can look beautiful if worn properly,. After washing, apply a gel or cream, like Kérastase, to coat the cuticle and allow the hair to air-dry with a nice wave. With curly hair, fewer products are better, so avoid hairspray. At the interview, be sure to keep your hair out of your face.
If you're not handy with your hair, try the chignon. It's very clean and proper.
Pull your hair back into low ponytail, wrap a ponytail holder around it, twirl the whole thing around the base, and secure it with bobby pins. Add a thin headband to give your hair some style and youthfulness. It's a nice touch.
It's no secret that jobs—and job interviews—are superimportant these days. Looking professional when you're up for a new position can only help your case. For starters, Your hair should be neat and clean, never frizzy, or in need of a root touch-up.
Beware of what scent you wear. You obviously want to smell good (and possibly mask nervousness!) but pick something soft and “clean” smelling to be safe. This goes for your hair products too! Also, be sure your nails are groomed. Pick a soft neutral colour that almost blends in with your skin for a clean, professional look.
Last thing... BE YOURSELF. You wouldn't want to get the job of your dreams under a false personility.
I don't claim to know anything about makeup, so I found this video to help out with any questions you may have.
But I do know this much..
The best way to make a lasting impression? Don't go over the top, keep your look balanced and subtle. Avoid anything that might be overly distracting like glossy fuschia lips, heavy foundation, or shimmery eyes. Save the smoky eye for cocktails with your girlfriends after you get the job!