Hey dolls! It’s now January and more companies have job openings, so I am sure many of you have interviews coming up! Sometimes it can be difficult deciding how you should dress and do your makeup for a job interview, or even for work. Fashion wise: don’t wear anything revealing. If you decide to wear a dress or skirt, make sure it is only slightly above the knee and be sure to wear stockings! If a dress or shirt is too low and shows cleavage, wear a camisole inside. It’s important that you look conservative for job interviews, and also for work. You want to be taken seriously! For makeup, always go for a more natural and subtle look. You also want to make sure your nails aren’t a funky/crazy color, and are well groomed. For hair, if you know that you play with it when you get nervous then put it up in a ponytail, bun, or braid. It’s also good to have your hair out of your face!
I started by applying my Smashbox Studio Skin oil-free foundation in 2.1 light beige with my fingertips. After blending it in well I applied my cream blush by Illamasqua in Rude. I applied this to the apples of my cheeks with my fingertips and rubbed it in circular motions to blend it evenly. As always, I applied my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion to my eyelids. I used Albatross by Nars on my brow bone to highlight the area, as well as on the inner corner of my eye. I used Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadow in Moonlit Jewels. I applied the nude color in the set to my entire eyelids, and used the brown in the crease of my eyes and on the outer corners of my eyes. I then blended. Using the same shadows from Revlon, I applied the green (using a thin eyeliner brush) on the bottoms of my lash line. I applied my Chanel liquid liner in Plantine to the upper lash line. I curled my eyelashes with my curler from the Sephora Collection, applied multiplEYE Prime from Tarte to my lashes, and I then used The Falsies Volum’ Express Mascara by Maybelline (I normally use Lights, Camera, Lashes! by Tarte but I wanted to change my routine for the night). I applied Champagne on Ice 205 from Revlon to my lips, and then applied Infallible lip-gloss in 305 Fiery to my lips. I used my Chanel Le Sourcil De Chanel Perfect Brows 20 Brun to my eyebrows. That’s it!
Outfit: My top and pants are both from Theory. The pants are actually plaid with navy and green, but they look black in the picture. The pants are sold out, but to see what they look like, click here. You can find the top here at Shopbop.com. My purse is the Medium M.A.B. Tote from Rebecca Minkoff. The shoes are from YSL. On interviews, I think it is best to not wear high-end designer clothing, but the shoes don’t have any brand logos on them so an interviewer would not notice whether or not it’s a high end brand. Hair: Inside out ponytail. To do this first make a low ponytail. Then use your fingers to make a hole right above your hair tie by pulling the hair apart a little. Take your ponytail and loop it through the hole you created and pull it down. Then you’re done!
Interview and Work Appropriate Clothing: Pants with a button down and blazer, dresses and skirts that are only slightly above the knees and longer, heels, cute boots. What is not appropriate: Low cut shirts, short skirts, short dresses, shorts, open toed shoes, shoes you cannot walk in (you want to make sure you can actually walk in your shoes because if you’re stumbling around you will look silly).
- Have a firm handshake.
- When your interviewer asks if you have any questions, make sure you have a list of them. A few good ones are “What is a typical day like for someone in this position?” “What are some of the biggest challenges that a person in this position will face?” “How is success measured for this position?” just be sure you have 3-5 questions!
- Maintain eye contact and don’t forget to smile.
- Avoid saying “um” and rehearse a few times before your interview. Think of a list of questions that you may be asked and write out your answers. Typical questions are “Tell me about yourself. Tell me about your previous job. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Why do you want to work for our company? Why are you a good fit for this position?” You have to “sell” yourself!
- Know information about the company, know who their competition is, and know who their target customer is. Study! You want to make a great impression.
- Ask for your interviewers business card so you can reach out to them after your interview with a thank you e-mail! In it, reiterate your interest in the company, the position, and your qualities that fit the position.