Friday, 25 November 2016

Interview grooming

The Lady Recruits consultant Amy Cosgrove advises on appropriate interview grooming

Following on from last week's blog on what to wear for an interview, today we are looking at hair and make-up.

Although it may seem superficial, how you look directly impacts on how you feel and as confidence is key to performing well at interviews it is certainly worth taking into consideration. As we spoke about last week, if you look the part, you'll feel the part so keeping your hair and make-up well groomed and professional is really important.

When it comes to hair it is important that the interviewer can see your face clearly so keep it swept back or tied up. It may help to wash your hair the night before as this is one less stress you need to worry about on the morning of your interview. Tame fly away hairs with a light spritz of hair spray to keep your head looking sleek and professional. As far as hairstyles are concerned, don't go for anything too complex, a simple pony tail or gentle curls will look presentable without looking over-done. If your hair is manageable and predictable then you can easily get away with just leaving it loose, if it is hard to tame you may like to opt for a loose bun or a neat ponytail.

Makeup should compliment your features not become them. The most common make-up mistake is applying too much, less is always more- especially when it comes to formal occasions such as interviews. A full face of make-up can actually be quite intimidating and as the aim is to look approachable its best to tone it down. Again, avoid anything too complicated such as bold colours or smokey eyes.

My go-to work and interview appropriate make-up starts with a light base such as a BB Cream or tinted moisturiser. You don't want to look like you're hiding behind a mask; my favourite light bases are from Nars, Chanel and Bare Minerals. Next conceal under eye circles and any blemishes using your favourite concealer. Brush through your brows and add some definition using a pencil or powder, I use the brow arch sculpting pencil from Hourglass but it is just as effective to use an eye shadow so long as it is a similar shade and matte.

Next line the upper lash line with a brown khol pencil and blend, using a pencil creates a softer look as does opting for brown over black. Dust a light brown shadow all over your lids and blend a slightly darker shade through your crease and outer corners to add definition. Set your make-up using a transparent setting powder and apply a natural toned blush. You can skip contour and bronzer but a blusher will make you look more awake and healthy. Lipstick looks more professional than lip gloss but Stick to natural shades. My all time favourite is Patisserie by Mac which will suit most skin tones.

Keep fragrance light and fresh- nothing too heavy and overpowering. For nails, again, stick to neutral shades and if it's chipped take it off! My favourite shades for formal occasions are Rimmel's Soul Session and Essie's Ballet Slippers.

Remember, when it comes to interviews the aim is to look like a more polished version of yourself. Good luck!

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