Appropriate Hairstyles To Wear To Job Interviews

interviewLike dressing, hair has a certain code that will make you attractive or not attractive to recruiters.   We live in a society where the good jobs are scarce, so if you are on the job hunt, there are certain tips and tricks that you should bear in mind where your hair is concerned, so it does not cost you a job.

1. Do Your Homework

So you thought that homework was over after you left school?  It comes in very handy in the job hunt.  Check out the company that you are called to for an interview, get an idea of the culture of the organization how do you see workers wearing their hair.  This is extremely important, may be even more important than your dressing!  If you have sister locks and you see a fellow person with sister locks, is she allowed to wear it out?   If someone has natural hair can they wear big afro’s?  Is the hair color that you are currently wearing too brash and loud?   Check out these things before you show up.

2. Wear Your Hair Conservatively For The Interview

This advice goes the same as for dressing, even if you will be interviewing in an atmosphere that is casual and laid back, dress conservatively and wear your hair in a conservative manner.   Maybe a chignon or hair caught up in one place would be better at your first showing, than a wild hairstyle that you may see others wearing.  It might not send the right signals to your recruiter.

3. Wild Child Styles

If you have bright outlandish hair colors in your hair, tone it down for the job interview.   Like heavy perfume, a recruiter might find bright hair colors a bit too overpowering and this could actually jeopardize your interview before you begin.   A recruiter might be thinking,  ‘nice resume but seems too much of a wild child’.   Studies indicate that it takes four seconds for a recruiter to look at you and form opinions. That’s just a glance and your hair and dress are the first things they see.  When you appear polished and well groomed, it often gives the impression that you are attentive to detail, which is definitely in your favor.

4. Sexy Hairstyles

Never ever wear hairstyles that deemed to be ‘sexy’, those styles that are tousled and big and make you look like you just rolled out of bed or you are the hottest thing since sliced bread.   Women will hate you…that’s right, the first glance will create a bias and you will not get the time of day.   The men…might like it, but then they will question your competency or intelligence.

5. Do Not Stand Out From The Crowd

This might seem like bad advice in the job market but it is very true for hairstyles.   You do not want to be the oddball, the person who is pigeonholed as too “somethinbung”.   We live in a society where looks count.   It really does, and if you stick out like a sore thumb, you may find that you have a good interview and yet you are not hired.   A good thing to do to ascertain what is appealing in your local job search area is to look at the hair styles that the anchor women on TV are wearing and take inspiration from their styles.   Much thought goes into their hairstyles so that they can appeal to the local audience.

Hair Style Guide:

Long Hair- which includes sister locks, dreadlocks, relaxed hair, natural hair- any style that is pulled back or up—Buns, Chignons, Classic Styles, make sure that the hair is moisturized and smelling good and check for any dandruff flakes before you step out of the house.

Short Hair-short hairstyles are more straightforward, ensure that there are no hairs sticking out or pointing up.   Avoid hair jewellery and accessories with any color on them.

Author: Brenda Barrett

Brenda Barrett is an author and freelance writer. She has written for several websites, including her own- blackhair101 and fiwibooks, on topics ranging from healthy hair care maintenance, human resources, and publishing. She is an avid reader of fictional novels from all genres, a habit that she picked up from she was very young. This love of fiction spilled over into writing and she currently has several novels on the market.

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  1. Thank you for this article. I am about to graduate and trying to make sure I know exactly how to go about this job search. Often the interview advice on how you should look is not geared towards women with afro hair. This is the only article I have found that didnt have to do with straightened vs. afro-style.

    I wonder what you mean by classic styles though. I am worried that wearing my hair in a bun and wearing a conservative suit will just make me look boring.

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  2. Yeah umm, it’s hair, not a direct threat. I am sick and tired of natural hair being viewed as a threat to companies. So what if I’m black and I wear my natural hair, how the hell is that affecting your company? How is my natural hair going to stop you greedy jerks from making money?? And what people need to understand is that natural hair comes in many different textures and styles. Some people have thick, course hair, and some people have wavy hair, with loose curls. It doesn’t matter what the texture of someone’s hair is, it’s a matter of whether or not they have the necessary qualifications for the job. As long as the interviewee doesn’t show up to the interview with soaking wet hair, then what’s the problem? We need to stop letting these negative stereotypes and stupid prejudice opinions scare us into conforming to society’s twisted view of “professionalism”. If a black person decides to wear their natural hair, so freaking what?! You wouldn’t tell that blonde Caucasian girl to straighten her hair because it was, “unprofessional”, now would you? Hair is hair, I wasn’t born a different race, so this is what my hair texture is. Deal with it.

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    • Some people can be so closed minded and wonder why they only get so far. For the young lady that can’t understand what the big deal is. The big deal is if you are trying to play in a more mature setting of employment you may have to open your mind and step out of that bubble you are living in. It is what it is when it comes to interviewing. Appearance and 1st impressions have always been just as important as your skills. I appreciate this site explaining this and guiding those that are opened – minded and wanting to know the robes based on traditions. If this young lady is NOT interviewing with a traditional business then do not portray negativity where people are trying to learn. If people are viewing this site, then it’s obvious the person is respectfully interested in ways to ensure they have all basis covered for their interview. So either show positively or don’t show anything at all.

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  3. I too am quite curious to know who sets these rules up. I work in a corporate environment and all the people I work with a re fascinated by my hair. The bigger the hair, the more they think it’s exotic and funky. It’s up to us to break through this. You just have to be so good at what you do that your hair does not matter.

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  4. I always wanted to know why if you came to an interview with an afro people will not take you seriously?

    I mean I heard that afros are not professional. I would very much like to meet the person who came up with this rule!

    A nice post thanks


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    • I think people are talking about the big kind of afros, not the small ones. A really big one is kind of distracting, but that doesn’t mean that it a horrible style.

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