For all I know, the woman could be a future Chief Justice of the United States but 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 but 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 may realize it and focus on it. -Sure, passing off shorts as a skirt is more of a conscious decision as opposed to the chipped polish oversight but which do you think is worse? Can someone claim to be detail-oriented but show up with an old 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.
Lasting wear is perfect for multiple interview days
I prefer a more subtle color for interviews
but I find this shade fine for daily wear
I wear solid bright or trendy polish (if appropriate) to work--but never to an interview. Even if the lime green manicure had not been chipped I would not have been a fan of it for an interview. On the other hand, I can understand someone wanting to showcase personality or individuality by letting personal style shine during interviews.
How would you stick out from the crowd for an interview?
As a law student, I tend to prefer a more conservative look for interviews since it plays off better with a broader range of people in the legal field.