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Hygiene, Skin and Nail Care

What is good grooming? It is knowing what to do and putting it into practice on a daily basis. Good grooming starts before you put on your clothing. Good grooming:

Hygiene and Skin Care

Bathe or shower daily

Hygiene is an ongoing task.

A word about tattoos. They have become very popular and are worn by both older and young women. It is recommended that the tattoo should be covered with clothing, if possible, for the job interview.

Hands and Nails

Your hands talk for you! They should be clean and smooth. Keep a small bottle of lotion to keep your hands moisturized.

Give Yourself a Manicure

You can have your nails professionally done or you can do them yourself. Here’s how:

Interview Tip: A good handshake is firm but not tight, grasping the person’s whole hand. Smile and look at the person while you shake hands.

Practice giving a good handshake. This is especially important for a woman. A good handshake is firm but not tight, grasping the person’s whole hand. Smile and look at the person while you shake hands. You may have to make the first gesture toward a handshake, because some individuals feel uncertain about shaking a woman’s hand. Nails should be nicely manicured. Nails should be slightly rounded or squared and medium to short in length. Nail polish can be worn, but the polish should be clear or closely matching your skin tone.