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How to Groom Yourself for a Job Interview

Prove to a potential employer that you really want the job by showing up properly groomed.


  • Step 1: Take a shower or bath Take a shower or bath the morning of your interview. You’ll arrive looking and smelling fresh and clean.
  • Step 2: Use deodorant Apply a good deodorant. Chances are you will be nervous and will perspire, so be prepared. Beware of strong cologne or perfume. Use a little or none at all.
  • Step 3: Brush your teeth Brush your teeth and use mouthwash to ensure fresh breath. If you have stained or yellow teeth, use a tooth whitener.
  • TIP: Keep breath mints or fast-dissolving strips handy and pop one a few minutes before your interview.
  • Step 4: Tend to your face Shave, if you’re a guy, or trim your moustache or beard. Ladies, keep your makeup light and natural looking and limit jewelry or wear none.
  • TIP: Remove any visible body piercings and cover obvious tattoos.
  • Step 5: Keep hair neat Keep your hair neat with a comb or brush and wear a style that is off your face.
  • Step 6: Trim fingernails Trim your fingernails and make sure they look neat and clean. Forgo dark nail polish in favor of pale, neutral colors. Get a manicure for best results.
  • FACT: A survey reported that 46 percent of small companies admitted that looks are sometimes the most important factor in hiring a candidate.

You Will Need

  • A shower or bath
  • Deodorant
  • A toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Tooth whitener
  • Shaving cream and a razor
  • A comb or brush
  • A manicure
  • Breath mints or strips (optional)

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