While on campus interviews were going on at my law school, I witnessed a chipped lime green manicure parading on the hand of an otherwise perfectly polished woman. I wanted to raise my objection to this fashion faux pas but the girl was a stranger to me and just minutes away from her interview. I chose not to rattle her.
For all I know, this woman can morph into the next Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Yet I could not help but instantly think the nails could hold her back.
Of course, I believe and hope that a person’s ability, potential, and commitment to do a job is what will matter. Still, I cannot help feel that going into an interview with chipped lime green polish is like wearing a pant suit hemmed into shorts: the interviewer may not notice, but in all likelihood (s)he will realize it and fixate on it. Actually, attempting to pass off shorts as proper interview style is more of a conscious decision than the chipped polish oversight. Can someone claim to be detail-oriented but show up with a chipped manicure?
For interviews, I stick to a basic french manicure or a neutral/light pink color. If I have the misfortune of chipping my polish I rather remove all color and put a clear shine on them or keep them bare but clean.
Do you have a preferred nail style for interviews?
Do you have a stylish but subtle interview style suggestion?