What to wear for your interview and trade test

Published on: 23 Jan 2017

We are the one industry that offers a beautiful and healthy escape from the realities of busy life. We love our industry because it gives us the opportunity to express ourselves and offer our care and expertise while building a living. Our clients come to us wishing for perfect skin, perfect eyebrows, perfect nails (the list goes on), and we want to show them that they can achieve these things with our help. But, whether you like it or not, your appearance will be judged as an expression of your approach to your work and who you are. Essentially, we are a walking advert for our work, which helps our clients to put trust in us and our abilities. When it comes to interviews, this is no different. As the old saying goes: 'Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.’


A clean, crease-free, comfortable and well-fitted beauty therapy uniform is a good place to start when preparing for your interview and trade test. This could be one you purchased yourself, from a previous job or one from college. This helps the manager easily visualise you as part of their team to start with. It is also going to help you to stay comfortable and perform your best during your trade test. While a pencil skirt, blouse and heels may look smart for an interview, I can assure you that by the end of attempting to glide around gracefully during that full body massage, facial, waxing and manicure while not overheating, tripping over anything and landing on your face – or worse, your interviewer – all with the added pressure of trying to impress, that tunic and trouser combo will seem a much better idea.

Hair and Make-up

Keep it simple. At most spas and salons, the uniform policy will be hair up and off the face with natural make up. Unless you are going for a job as an artist at a creative make-up brand, I would follow this policy. This allows you to not have to worry about getting your hair stuck to the wax pot or having panda eyes after that full body deep tissue. A simple bun or a ponytail is the quickest and easiest professional hairstyle for those with little time. The donut is always my go-to! And my own personal bug bear – no chipped nail polish!


Subtle and unfussy. Small stud earrings are fine. Avoid bracelets, rings and necklaces. This makes your treatments easier and more comfortable to perform and is also usually included in the uniform policy at most places too, which helps to show the interviewer that you will fit in well.

While the substance of your interview is, of course, key, your subject knowledge, warmth and enthusiasm are essential, but arguably your appearance will also play a key role in dictating the outcome. First impressions are instant and it takes seconds for a complete stranger to formulate a positive or negative opinion of you based on your appearance alone. Don’t lose out on that opportunity! 

If you look the part, you’ll feel it! Head into your interview looking professional, with a positive attitude and a smile. 

And lastly – good luck!