Unemployment can be emotionally (not to mention financially) draining. We’ve all been there at one time or another, and with the national unemployment rate at a whopping 8.9 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, applying for a job today is more competitive than ever. So, when you dofinally secure an interview, it’s important to present yourself in a way that sends the right message. First impressions, as we’ve all heard a million times, are key.
Skip to see the 11 beauty tips you should follow to avoid an interview disaster.
In order to figure out what prevents employers from hiring fully qualified applicants, we talked to hiring managers, human resource specialists and recruiters. Their reasons were kinda surprising. From hangnails left behind on a conference room table to applicants with sweat dripping from their brows — beauty mishaps were at the top of the list of reasons to show an applicant to the door.
Many of our sources say nails are important to your interview look — with chipped polish being the big no no. “I wouldn’t refuse to hire someone outstanding for [having chipped nails], but if I were deciding between two equally qualified candidates, the chipped polish would be a deal breaker. It sends the message that the candidate doesn’t put a lot of thought into her presentation and what’s appropriate,” says a website editor.
Another agrees saying, “chipped nails or runny mascara shows me you aren’t a person with good attention to detail. Perhaps also that you aren’t a person who thinks two steps ahead, and that’s not good.”
Tip: “To play it safe” when it comes to your nails, the editor recommends wearing a clear coat or a sheer soft pink hue. This way, if you do happen to chip your nails on the way to your interview (it happens!), the chips will be much less noticeable. Check out this video tutorial to give yourself a quick at-home manicure.