By Jainee Gandhi
I’m starting my second career in Image Management, and am meeting individuals, corporate clients, students. In short, people from so many different backgrounds, walks of life.
From an 18-year old to a 65-year old. From a homemaker to a corporate bigwig. The first thing I have to do is decide the type of image I want to project while meeting every new individual.
Here are a few tips for creating an impressive interview image.
Play safe and dress in conservative Western or Indian Formals. No Friday Dressing even if the interview or meeting is on weekends. If you are told in advance to dress casually it is still always better to be in semi-formal clothes.
Wear a good watch, handbag, right shoes, stud earrings and a simple neckpiece or scarf. You will have plenty of social occasions to flaunt your sexy shoes, lovely handbags and heavy jewellery.
Invest in a good perfume, moisturize your skin, keep nails short and preferably uncoloured or, at least, lightly coloured. Your shoes must be in a good condition, clean and polished.
Apply the right amount of makeup appropriate for the occasion. A basic routine like sunblock, foundation , mild blush, kajal, eyeliner, mascara and a light lipstick (preferably matte) should be followed.
All colors that you choose for makeup should be mild. For Indian skin tones use shades of pink or light brown. If you have dark under eye circles, use a proper foundation to cover them.
Tattoos & Piercings:
Tattoos were considered to be taboo few years back, except for people in creative fields, but that is changing. For your first impression limit the exposure to your tattoos as much as possible.
You will have plenty to time to reveal your individuality once you have the job. If you have multiple piercings on your ear, wear studs and no hanging earrings.
Develop a good handshake and smile. 🙂 Practice replying in the affirmative and be confident.
Important points to note:
1. Carry TWO copies of your neatly written or printed resume
2. Carry a smart pen that is not branded by any other company.
3. Carry a small notepad to jot down important things
4. Silence your mobile phone (we all know this but it is important to follow)
For the first meeting always keep in mind what you want to convey and dress according. We all say “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but in reality we all do it consciously or unconsciously. So create the right first impression and you’re that much closer to getting the job.
Jainee Gandhi is available at Jainee@ImageReDefine.com
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