Interview like a pro

As summer is approaching, it is time for soon-to-be graduates to go searching for jobs. With so many other competitors out there, you need a lot more than talent to stay on top of the job-hunting game. Of cause your skills and personality is important, but how you present yourself in terms of appearance also says a lot about yourself – it is the first impression you give to the interviewer. It is especially true if you are applying for a position requiring you to represent the company and talk to clients. You want to look polished but be yourself at the same time. Read the following guide to boost your career!

Different industries may have slightly different expectations on their candidates. Large corporations or finance may be a bit rigid in terms of your look. Meanwhile, if you are looking for a more creative industry, there’s probably more room to play around with your look. Something chic, but serious. However, that’s a general rule you should follow – KISS (Keep it simple, stupid). The interview room is not a place for you to experiment the latest beauty trend. The focus of the interview should be on you, as a potential talent for the company, not your beauty (of cause it is important to get hired, but not for the wrong reason). Therefore, do not go too far on make up so that it would not overpower your talent. Play up one feature. For example, if you are wearing a bright lip colour then you should tone down the rest of the face. While there are many arguments both for and against big statements like red lipstick, there’s one biggest no-no for interviews though, which is smoky eyes. Save that clubbing look for the celebration after you bagged your dream job. Finally, get someone to check your look or take a selfie in front of a full length mirror just to make sure your contouring do not look like a piece of dirt or your mascara clumping up together.

No matter what style you are wearing, the main thing is to look fresh and tidy. A lot of girls like to put their long hair in front, as if they are trying to hide their faces. This kind of action could be considered to be lack of confidence. Even if you are not a hairspray person, you could use it to avoid flyaway and frizz hanging around. If you have long hair, go for a ponytail to look confident and collected. Finish off by wrapping a small section of hair around the elastic and secure with bobby pin. A ponytail is suggested for another strategic reason – so that you won’t have any hair to fiddle with. A topknot could do too.

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