What makeup/hairstyles/clothes/jewelry could I wear to look more mature? I just turned 17, but I’d prefer to look about 20 since I’m in college, and for job interviews.
I’ve tried everything I know of, but I still get the “wow, you only look about 16.” I REALLY don’t want to have to say, “well, you’re not too far off” as I need to have the appearance of a mature young adult in order to be successful in my stage of life.
As to what I’m currently doing for job interviews, meetings & such….
Makeup: not much, just mascara and lipgloss, a little blush, and concealer if I get a pimple.
Hair: It’s very long—down to my elbows and layered. I usually wear it straight and down but not in my face. I manage to keep it neat, even at this length.
Clothes: Dress pants and a feminine top (no cleavage or open backs) and black closed-toe pumps. I am considering getting a pencil skirt but can’t decide whether or not to wear pantyhose…it seems that none of the younger women do it, but to me it looks more professional with than without.
Jewelry: one right hand ring (worn on the ring finger), small pearl dangles, and pearl necklace. Sometimes I will substitute gold studs and a conservative gold chain necklace. I only have one set of piercings in my earlobes.
Any suggestions? Advice from both girls and guys would be helpful! I have more pictures in my profile if that would help you to answer better. Lots of detail would be great!
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Honestly, I think you'll be alright, actually more than alright. You have a great perception of how to dress for an interview, it sounds like.
I've given a few interviews and I've been through a ton. But just overall neatness is a big factor. Well, let me back up a little. When I was 18, I kept applying for a middle management retail job that paid well - it took seven times of applying and interviewing, and about six months of determination before I got the job. But I Got the job, because I kept trying for it. And honestly, going through more interviews helped me become comfortable with the interview process. So, back to how you dress, the way you dress is to get "your foot in the door"- it's going to make the person giving you the interview want to go through the interview process with you, and not cut it short. Now, if I was giving you an interview and you dressed like you describe, it sounds completely fine.
The thing that I really think that is important about an interview is how you wrap everything together, the way you dress and speak, the have to be uniform. Like, if you dress confidently, you want to speak confidently. If you start to get nervous at the interview, I'm going to think that learning how to do the job is going to give you some difficulties somewhere along the line.
Now, sometimes an interviewer will try to get you to talk about a negative situation to see how you handle pressure and stress, and things like that. This is usually when people get nervous - here's what you do so you seem more mature (and try not to make something up, try to tell a true story) - in a situation like this, talk about how a situation could of gotten worse, but you helped to make things right again. Here's an example:Question: "What 's one thing that affected/could of affected you last job in a negative way?" Answer: "well, at my last job there was an employee there and he had low moral and it was starting to spread amongst the rest of the employees. I talked to him about why it seemed like he didn't like work, and he was just bored. So I suggested to apply at a store he would like to work at, more suited to his interests. And he soon made the switch, and our work ran smoother without him, and he was happier at his other job.
Now, that would leave a good impression to me as an interviewer, and make you seem more mature. So it's not all in how you dress, it's the whole presentation of yourself. And that last example was just a piece of conversation that shows the level of a person's maturity in the work field.
*lol, this is also good: it's good to look up history on the company/school you're applying to and talk about how that relates to you, and your interests, and how you see yourself a year, two years, and so on, from the time you're applying. And going to a place to see how they dress, and you dress nice in similar colors to what the company requires, if the have a dress code. It looks like you already know the dress code when you get there1