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I'm a thirty-year-old woman who's often mistaken for a teenager. I'm interviewing for a job that I really need tomorrow. Please help me look older!
posted by pineappleheart to Work & Money (51 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
My family, my boyfriend, and several staffing agencies that have tried to place me in jobs have all agreed on one thing: I look so young that most interviewers immediately underestimate me. In fact, the first thing the hiring manager said at my last important interview was, "Oh, my god, I thought you were sixteen!" She then wondered aloud how clients might see me and if they would take me seriously.
I have a BA and a master's from very good schools, I have solid references, and temping/staffing agencies have always told me that I don't need to change anything about my carriage or presentation. (For instance, I don't giggle, appear too deferential during interviews, or do anything that would "read" as younger.)
So! If I focus solely on physical appearance, what are some things I could do or wear that would make me look older or closer to my real age? I don't want to give the interviewer any reason to think I'm inexperienced or incapable, so it's important to me that I look mature. I have a pair of non-prescription glasses kicking around and am wondering if it's totally ridiculous to throw those on my face right before I walk into the interview. I also plan to wear lipstick but my boyfriend warned me not to wear make-up. Are there certain pants or skirts I should wear? Certain colors? I'm so confused. Please help un-confuse me or at least give me a greater amount of confusing options than I already have.