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The Perfect Look to Nail Your Job Interview

If you've got a job interview coming up, you're probably stressed and nervous and don't even know where to start the preparation. You want to show you're qualified and eager to take on the job, but even before you get to open your mouth, your appearance will speak for you. Whether we like it or not, at a job interview, our appearance is going to make the first impression on our prospective employers. It's also what largely determines whether you feel and look confident – which is of crucial importance at a job interview. So, to make sure that you'll sweep the interviewer off their feet, you should start thinking about your job interview look. Here are a few pieces of advice that will help you nail it.

Start with your hair

First and foremost, you want to appear clean and neat above all. Other than washing it and putting it in a simple hairdo, you don't have to do much with your hair for your job interview. In fact, you are encouraged not to go all out as you don't want to appear as a completely different person than you normally look. If you're not confident that your hair will not work against you on the morning of the interview, you can visit a salon and get a blowout the day before. However, doing your hair at home is a viable option. What you need to deal with are frizz and flyaways if your hair has a tendency to look crazy as soon as there is a little humidity in the air. The best option would be putting your hair in a ponytail or a low bun to keep it all out of your face. This ensures a sleek and professional look. You can make sure that no strand will escape throughout the day by using some hairspray and a toothbrush to secure flyaways. All in all, you should wear your hair as you are comfortable as you don't want to be adjusting it every 2 minutes while being interviewed.

A simple makeup look

Just like your hair, you should keep your makeup look simple as well. Wearing too much makeup is not recommended – you want to appear natural and authentic. Use neutral colors that are close to your complexion in order to make your look as natural as possible. If you go light on your look, you can get away with red lipstick and look classy. If you wear cat-eye, on the other hand, you should keep the rest of your makeup understated. All you really need is a sheer BB cream or natural-looking foundation, a neutral eye-shadow, waterproof mascara, and some lipstick. If you usually use liquid eyeliner, think about swapping it for a pencil that you can lightly blend out for a more natural look. If you're nervous about sweating and your skin looking shiny, you can try a mineral powder instead of (or in addition to) your foundation.

Don't neglect your hands

Besides their hair and makeup, there is another body part that speaks volumes about someone – and that is their hands. You might think that your nails would go unnoticed during an interview but that isn't necessarily true, especially if you gesture a lot while talking. And nails that are not tended to will reflect badly on you. A nicely manicured hand, on the other hand, will send the message that you take good care of your image and take this interview seriously. When it comes to your nails, getting an extreme manicure in a loud color is a no. Not only does it look too flashy, but if it ends up chipping before the interview, it will look unprofessional. Instead, trim and file your nails and apply a coat of natural nail polish in a pastel color such as nude or blush pink. This way, your nails won't steal your spotlight but you'll still look polished.

Put together the perfect outfit

Finally, you have to select your interview outfit very carefully. Since it's basically the first thing the interviewer will notice, it will determine their impression of you to a great degree. The general rule of thumb is that your clothes should be neat, tidy and they should fit you perfectly. It's a good idea to find out the general dress code of the company you are applying to, as it will tell you how formally you should dress. Still, you should dress a tad more formally for your interview than an employee does. Most often, a pair of dress pants or a pencil skirt and a nice blouse will do the trick. To dress it up, wear a blazer on top – it is a piece of clothing that every woman should have in their wardrobe, and it's timeless. Just like with makeup, here, too, you want to stick to neutral colors such as black, gray, navy, beige, and other light shades.

Making a good first impression is extremely important at a job interview. Hopefully, the aforementioned tips will help you nail your look and score that job with confidence!

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