These days, the job market is seriously competitive.
You can have an impressive resume and plenty of glowing references, but chances are the other candidates do too. Given the competition, just landing an interview can seem like an accomplishment, especially if it’s for your dream job.
But an interview is also the perfect opportunity to distinguish yourself from all the other resumes – and sure, a confident, polite personality and professional manner can do the trick, but your appearance matters too.
That’s why you probably have a favorite suit to wear to interviews and maybe a go-to makeup look that helps you look polished and put together.
The final thing that you need to finish off your look, though, is neat, carefully styled hair that fits with the professional vibe.
But because you’ve probably got plenty of other things to worry about before the big day, here are some tips to guarantee that you have perfect, professional hair that gives you a competitive edge at your interview.
The morning of your interview, you’ll probably have tons to do to prepare, so cross one thing off your to-do list by washing and drying your hair the night before. It might even allow you to get a few extra minutes of sleep too, which means you’ll be bright-eyed, alert, and ready to impress. If you’re worried about your hair looking flat or getting a little greasy, use a dry shampoo like Batiste. Spray a little at your roots to absorb excess oil and use your fingers to work it through the rest of your hair before combing it out. You can even toss a travel size can in your bag just in case your locks need a little freshening up before a later-in-the-day interview.
Keep It Simple
An interview is not the time to experiment with big, complicated hairstyles. You feel comfortable and confident, so choose a simple, polished style that you would normally wear. A sleek ponytail is a quick, easy option that will look plenty professional with your suit. If you want your hair off your neck, opt for a neat French twist. Or try a bun – either a top knot or a low style at the nape of your neck can work well for the big day.
If you prefer to wear your hair down, go for it – just make sure that it’s neat and free of tangles. You may want to visit your salon the day before your interview for a blowout to ensure that your locks look as smooth as possible. If you’re doing your own blowout at home, run a little smoothing serum like the Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Smoothing Serum through damp hair before blow drying for the most polished look.
Make Eye Contact
Long bangs that fall across your eyes are definitely be a sexy look, but they’re not the best option for an interview where solid eye contact is a must. If you’re got long bangs or layers that tend to cover your eyes, use a plain bobby pin or simple clip to pin them back. You can also opt for a half up, half down style and pull back the entire top section of your hair with a clip. If you’re wearing your hair down, a simple headband that’s similar in color to your hair is another great option.
Consider the Elements
The weather on the day of your interview can wreak havoc on your hair, so it’s important to take the elements into account when you’re styling your locks. If it’s a humid or rainy day and there’s a chance that your hair could frizz up, prep your tresses with an anti-frizz serum like the Organix Pomegranate Green Tea Anti-Frizz Serum. Start at the roots and run it all the way through to the ends – and then pull your hair back into a ponytail or bun to beat the frizz.
On windy days when flyaways may be a problem, don’t leave the house without applying a little hairspray – even if you don’t normally use it. A flexible hold spray like the Sebastian Shine Define Flexible Hold Hairspray is a good option for interviews because it won’t weigh hair down or leave it feeling stiff. Throw the bottle in your bag so you can spray a little on your brush in the bathroom before your interview and tame any flyaways that might have creeped up on your commute.