Your Nails Might be the Reason You Don’t Get the Job

 french_manicure_443“People respond to how you dress so like it or not this is what you have to do.” – Harvey Specter, Suits

My favorite fictional character and unrealistic idol makes a great point. After working at a law firm over the summer, I got close to some of the people working there. I encountered some of relationships between your appearance and getting hired. There was an amazing office manager who was on top of everything. She ran the entire office and conducted all the intern interviews. What she told me (which was definitely not what I thought), definately changed my life in terms of how I will conduct and appear during future interviews.

1)  Wear your nicest suit. It shows that you bothered enough to put on your nicest suit for the interview and shows that you care about getting this job more than your counterparts who didn’t make enough effort to wear something clean and decent looking. But thats obvious, and that’s not all…

2) Hair. Obviously make sure its clean. Sleek back in a pony tail or bun is a great look for the interview.

3) In terms of makeup, less is better. Don’t go crazy on the cat eyeliner, just a little foundation, mascara etc. I noticed throughout my internship that apart from one or two women, no one in the office wore makeup.

4) “It isn’t a fashion show” is what one of the people who conducted interviews told me. Unless you’re trying to get hired in something that’s fashion related, there is no need to go overboard with brands and style. Just look clean, simple, and professional. You want to highlight your experience and mind through this interview. I actually wasn’t aware of this one before the summer, but it turns out its a major factor. Clean, simple and classy is key.

5) Your nails. Now this one I had no idea about. But the interviewee told me that she checks the nails of everyone interviewed. What do chiped nails and uneven nails tell them about your personality? Apparently it shows them a side of uncleanlines and that you are not able to manage your time efficiently to ensure that your hands look clean. Hey, its not my words of advice, but when I thought about it, it makes sense. You want your employees to look clean, and nails are apart of it.

This all matters. Apparently, wearing too much makeup can make you seem fickle and having improper nails can make you seem unorganized. Whether you like it or not, you better get with the program if you want to get, or keep a job. An intelligent person has the time and the brains to look good.

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