One of the first things you'll do when you meet your interviewer is shake hands, and you don't want your potential boss to recoil in horror once your hands have made contact. Here's a tip: If your handshake is followed by the interviewer wiping a hand on his or her pants, you haven't made a good first impression.
You want your hands to be clean, smooth and moisturized. If you're a nail-biter, try to stop as soon as you can before the interview takes place, giving your nails a chance to look like they haven't been in an industrial accident.
If you can afford it, have a professional manicure. You can also give yourself a manicure, or enlist the services of a friend who knows his or her way around an emery board.
When preparing your nails and hands, you should do the following for best results:
- Use an emery board to file and shape nails. They should be lightly rounded or squared off.
- Soak your hands in warm, soapy water.
- Trim long nails and cuticles. Push back cuticles.
- Lightly scrub hands to remove dead skin cells or excess cuticle.
- Moisturize hands, nails and cuticles.
- For women, if you're painting your nails, go with clear or a neutral color.
- Make sure your hands aren't excessively dry or oily when you arrive at your interview.
- Check your fingernails for dirt when you arrive and clean them if needed.
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