Can you please do a post on makeup and hair for job seekers? I’m currently hiring for a new Staff Assistant and today, an applicant walked in wearing bright yellow nails. Add that to the two girls with winged eyeliner and a third who showed up to her 10:00AM interview looking like she woke up at 9:59, and I’m at a loss for words.
It’s funny that you mention makeup for job interviews, because I just wrote a post about this last week…for Birchbox.
On my blog, I often dispense career and professional advice to young women who are just starting out. Many of the questions that I receive deal with what to wear to a job interview. While choosing the right outfit is important, many women forget that the makeup, hair style, and fragrance they wear says just as much about them as their clothes do.
Hair: When going on a job interview, your hair should be freshly washed. Too often, candidates minimize their beauty routine in an effort to be punctual. So the person will stroll into an early morning interview with greasy roots and drooping locks.
This tells the interviewer that this individual is not used to being up at this early hour and that it’s very likely that she will either be habitually late for work or show up looking less than professional. Being prompt is important, but you need to plan appropriately so that you have enough time to properly get ready and avoid making a bad first impression.