Some men get nervous when they get the callback for a job interview. Some get excited. Many times, bearded men also experience a feeling of uncertainty. You see, it’s only within the last 5-10 years or so that we’ve seen this change in our culture where beards sort of “came into the mainstream”, or became more socially acceptable. The business world is changing in the same manner, just somewhat slower. It’s because of this, bearded men are often faced with making a tough decision...Should You Shave For A Job Interview?
In this entry to the Bohemian Brothers Ledger, we’re going to discuss that difficult and potentially life changing decision.
FIRST THING'S FIRST: DO NOT SHAVE.
Well, not yet anyway.
As I mentioned above, the business world is changing. Perhaps not as fast as we’d like, but it’s happening. Beards are becoming more acceptable in business environments and, in this day and age, companies place greater value on the skill set of a potential employee than the length of their facial hair. That’s good news as it means your beard should be fairly low on your list of interview concerns at this point.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE EVERYTHING
I don’t care how non-judgmental people claim to be nowadays, they still judge to some degree. The minute you walk through the door and greet your interviewer, they’ve already formed an opinion of you based solely on your appearance. With that in mind, always dress appropriately. If you’re going for a corporate type position, suit and tie would be recommended. For non-corporate interviews, business-casual should suffice.
Your beard may look great in jeans and t-shirt. If done right, it can look awesome in a suit and tie as well. Again, just be sure to dress appropriately. When in doubt, it’s always better to be overdressed than under-dressed.
IT’S TIME FOR A TRIM
Whether you think you need it or not, it’s always a good idea to trim your beard before a job interview. I’m not talking about taking any length off; just clean up around the edges a bit. You can head to the barber and get a quick trim, or do yourself in the comfort of your own home. Trim the fly-aways and use this opportunity to take care of any uneven growth. You want the beard neat and symmetrical.
On the day of the interview, pay extra attention to your beard. Apply beard oil to help prevent itch throughout the day. Use beard balm to help the beard hold its shape and keep stragglers in their place. Lastly, carry a comb with you and give your beard a quick once-over before stepping out of the car. A well groomed beard speaks volumes and goes a long way toward making a killer first impression.
WHEN IN DOUBT SHAVE IT OFF
If you just can’t get a good feel for the company culture prior to your interview, you may be uncertain about what to do with your beard. Listen, the “job of a lifetime” sometimes only comes along once. Unless your beard defines you as a man(which it shouldn’t by the way), or you happen to be a beard model(yes, that’s an actual profession) there’s absolutely nothing wrong with shaving for your interview. The bottom line is, if the job is important to you, do whatever you feel is necessary to make the best impression possible. Whether you get the job or not, it’ll grow back. Trust me, I’ve shaved more times than I can remember in my lifetime. The beard always grows back.
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