To all recent graduates out there as well as anyone else currently after their dream job, let me start by saying that: I know exactly what you are going through! Interviews can be nerve-racking and job hunting is stressful. Having a killer CV (and cover letter!), knowing about the company you are interviewing for and being prepared for questions are all important. But have you thought of what to wear and how to do your make-up? First impressions are extremely important so you don't want to turn up looking nothing less than insanely professional and chic. Here a few tips I learned over the years, I hope you like it :)
Job interviews are scary enough as it is so when it comes to dressing for them, make sure you feel comfortable in what you wear. You don't want anything 'screaming' too much fashion and it is totally ok for you to ditch the heels and opt for a nice looking pair of flats instead. The key is to look professional and not too over the top. Having said that, you can most certainly dress up or down a little depending on what job type you are going for. Always look age appropriate and make sure you are covered in key areas and that there are no distractions.
You heard me, put the mini-skirt away! You shouldn't go for crazy jewellery, instead choose delicate earrings and necklaces. And whilst black is the obvious choice, don't be put off by wearing different colours; they can look just as good and professional.
Interviews are not the place to try the latest beauty trends (heard of "strobing"? yh, none of that please). No blue eyeshadow, no winged eyeliner, and god-forbid no false lashes. Your best bet is a sheer and glowy finish, so choose your best BB cream or medium coverage foundation and go with that. You don't want to hide behind crazy amounts of make-up so avoid contouring or highlighting, and bright lipsticks. A natural look is what you should be aiming for; save the smokey eyes to when you are out celebrating your brand new job.
Dealing with crazy hair is what I go through every morning. But for an interview you want it to look polished and frizz free, no matter how impossible that seems to be. Make sure your hairstyle is still you and that you are comfortable wearing it that way. You can't go wrong with a blowdry, low ponytails or side buns for example. Whatever works for you, just make sure it's neat and that it looks like you have made an effort.
Similarly, nails should look natural and not too bright. I personally would go for nude colours because I find that darker colours chip more easily and I don't need the stress of having to hide chipped nails through the whole interview. And if you choose to go with open toe shoes (which yes, are totally fine) don't forget to give your toenails some TLC also. Make sure you mani and pedi match (colour wise) and that your heels are also taken care of.
And above all, be yourself! I know it's tough out there but never give up, take a deep breath and give it your best shot. It took me 3 months to find something I would enjoy but your dream job could be just around the corner! Not sure where to look? Head over to City Calling to check out Jobs Online.
Best of luck and thanks for reading beauties!