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What should I wear to a job interview?

September 19, 2012 | Bookmark +

What should I wear to a job interview at a salon?


Most of our industry is focused on comfort, but when anyone goes to any job interview they should dress for success. They should also dress to impress; by this I mean dress as though you have the confidence to represent the salon and its owner/manager so they can see your ability to be professional every day in the salon as well as represent your own style. When you dress for success you feel successful. Today’s fashions for the salon do not fall under the business suit category but in fashion itself. We represent fashion and beauty, so it would make sense to dress fashionably and make sure your hair, nails, and makeup are beautiful. You should wear a comfortable dress shirt, pants/skirt, and dress shoes. Show style and your personal beauty when you dress and you will be sure to impress during your interview.

In too many salons today I see lazy, sloppy attire and wonder when they achieved the level of laziness that they portray to their clients. Top-rated salons have a dress code, whether it be a uniform or nice dress clothes. They didn’t get to be top-rated or successful by letting their staff dress in jeans, shorts, and tank tops. You have to show your clients that you care about the way you look in order for them to be confident that you can create a look for them. So ditch the T-shirts and sweats at the salon, and dress to impress your clients. When they walk in and see you dressed like you have an important meeting they will be talking about you to others all day. Start your day with confidence and you will end your day the same way.

 — Amy Davis is the founder/CEO of NEMCEA (Nails, Esthetics, Massage & Cosmetology Employment Agency,

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