Your current hairstyle may be the best accessory for sporting your unique flare for fashion, personality, and how you want others to perceive you. However, does it fit the look for the job you’re aiming for?
If you’re not sure, maybe it’s time to think about if your ‘shiny super-glued 6-inch liberty spike Mohawk’ says rock-star, or executive wizard. Because, like it or not, your outward appearance can affect your career goals. It’s a dog eat dog world out there, and corporate culture continues to lean towards conservative and clean-cut styles when it comes to men’s fashion. Worried about what hairstyles that work in a given workplace? Never fear, here are tips for matching your look to your job.
When it comes to men’s hair styles, conservative means shorter than longer, and matte or (eggshell shine) before glossy high sheen. In interviews, you want your prospective employer to-be to see you, the qualified professional, and not be distracted by your outrageous and original look. Most long-lasting impressions are made in the first few seconds of an interview, so it’s up to you to make sure your smile, and handshake, get remembered as the perfect fit. Not the guy who came in with rainbow spiked hair.
Don’t get a haircut the day of the interview, have it grow out for a couple of days at least, so it looks perfectly natural and the hair has an opportunity to relax, be trained, and you have control of how to style it perfectly on your own. Don’t even think about getting your hair touched up the day before. For one, going straight from your stylist’s chair to the interview may make you seem too eager, and desperate for the job, desperation is as unattractive in professional relationships as it is in personal ones. Also, it’s really important that you feel confident and any lingering insecurities about a new style could cause you to come off as lacking self-confidence in general, so give yourself some time and space to get used to a cut before important appointments like job interviews.