How to Make a Great First Impression

Going for a job interview soon? It’s all about making a good first impression!

Maureen Houssein-Mustafa OAM, from The Australasian College , believes that looking the part is crucial to nailing your job interview.

Here are her top grooming and preparation tips to help you make a great first impression.

1. Unless you’re interviewing for a highly artistic field, i.e hairdressing, go for a conservative hairstyle.

For men, that means a traditional haircut, using a matte styling product for a cleaner look and avoid wet looks or trendy styles.

For women, have any colour touched up. Colour should be natural looking. If hair is longer than shoulder length, wear it up in a bun, French twist or chignon. The exception would be in the arts and entertainment business. More artistic styles and colours are acceptable in these professions.

2. Keep your outfit clean, pressed and neutral. Find out, if you can, the dress code for the company you're interviewing with and dress appropriately.

Make sure your clothes fit you well as the interviewer will notice if you are bursting out of clothes.

3. If you’re going for a creative role, don’t be afraid to demonstrate your personality through colour and accessories. Ensure you are comfortable because if your skirt it too short, or top too low, it will be distracting for you and the interviewer.

4. Skip the perfume as many people find it annoying or may be allergic. Instead, go for a lightly scented hand lotion as you want to have nice hands for that hand shake.

5. Fingernails should be clean and well presented so avoid long fingernails, chipped nail polish or wild nail colours. It is worth getting a manicure on a regular basis so your nails look great.

6. Make sure that your nose hair and eyebrows are trimmed and plucked.

7. Women should wear light, natural make-up and keep their hair away from the face. If you can’t maintain a look every day, don’t do it in an interview.

Get some beauty and fashion inspiration in our style section so you look the part at your job interview!

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