Interview Essentials: Emergency Kit

Whether it’s for a new job, internship, or graduate school, interviews are a nerve-wrecking necessity. If you’re like us, you’re probably mumbling your “schpeel” for the 50th time while trying to find parking near the right address. Needless to say, there’s plenty of room to forget things. That’s why it’s so handy to have an interview emergency kit, to carry in your bag or glove compartment at all times. Think of it as a necessary addendum to your padfolio — you’ll thank us later 😉Interview Emergency Kit 2What’s in the kit:

 1. Travel size hairspray — John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Hairspray, $1.99

The key to interview hair is having neat, presentable hair. You want your hair to say “Hire me, I’ve got my life together.” We suggest sticking with a neat bun or a low ponytail. If you’re gonna have it down, tuck it behind your ears and keep it out of your face. And most importantly: keep frizz and flyaway’s to an absolute minimum. But we know, that’s not always so easy. That’s where the hairspray comes in handy.

If it’s humid out, or your hair just isn’t cooperating, hold your hair down how you want it with a bobby pin and spray the hairspray tilted upwards, about 6 inches away from your hair. Remove the bobby pin and voila! If that doesn’t work, wet your hands and spray a bit of product on your palm. Rub and apply *lightly* to your flyaways. The weight and hold of the hairspray should keep those pesky strands down!

2. Bobby pins — Goody 75ct. pack in assorted colors, $2.50

Bobby pins are always useful. Use them with hairspray as said above, or use it to tuck layered hair into a neat bun! These Goody pins come in assorted colors, so you can pick one that matches your hair color!

3. Mints — Altoids Smalls Sugar-Free Mints, 3 for $3.79

This speaks for itself; avoid coffee breath with handy mints!

4. Eyeliner — Maybelline Eye Studio Liquid Liner, $6.99

Forgetting your make-up bag happens. And if you realize this just half an hour before you’re about to leave your hotel room, this can mean trouble. Nothing says “hot mess” more than baggy eyes. Luckily for you, if you have eyeliner in your emergency kit and some body lotion (in your toiletries bag or in your complimentary hotel kit), your face can still glow in no time! For baggy eyes from researching the company online the night before, stick your lotion in the freezer for 20 minutes. Dab on the lotion after washing your face, paying special attention to under your eyes and right below the brow bone. Then line your upper lid, extending oh so slightly, but not winging upwards like a cat-eye. Be sure to use liquid liner for a polished, dramatic effect. Most will probably not even notice you don’t have eyeshadow on!


barely winged for a polished look

5. Roll-on perfume (optional)

While we don’t recommend loading on the perfume (if at all!) before an interview, if you find yourself sweaty and nervous, dabbing on a few rolls of roll-on perfume can combat odor without being overbearing.

Got anything else in your interview emergency kits? Share them with us!


E & J


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