Sometimes deciding the right hairstyle for a job interview can be a daunting process. Do you worry about the culture of the company you're interviewing with or the particular tastes of your boss-to-be? When you're interviewing for a manager position, you need to choose a style that shows you are serious, a leader and can take charge of a situation.
Know the Culture
It takes just a few seconds to make a first impression, and in an interview this first impression can make all the difference. That's why it's so important to understand the culture of the company you're interviewing with. Is your business's culture more orthodox, requiring a button-down approach with a tight hair bun and no hair loose? Or is the culture trendier and younger, making you a better fit if your hairstyle reflects your personality? Whatever type of culture your business has adopted, it is always safest to take a conservative approach to your hair when you're interviewing for a manager position. You'll be leading a group of people, and you need to exude an aura of confidence from the moment you walk in the door.
No matter what hairstyle you have, you should make sure that your haircut is fresh before your job interview. As your hair grows out, your haircut can become unruly and disheveled looking -- not the neat appearance you need to portray as a manager. Get a new haircut about a month before your interview. This will give you time to make sure you are comfortable with the cut and know how long it takes to fix it.
The cut and color you choose will depend on your company's culture, but in general, it is best to stick with natural colors for your interview and make sure that your roots aren't showing if you dye your hair. Short hair is typically ideal when interviewing for a manager position, as it is hard to mess up and tends to look more professional. However, you don't want to let you hair be so short that it looks more like a buzz cut. If your hair is long, pull it back in a low barrette or put it up in a bun.
Keep your hairstyle for an interview simple so it is less likely to get messed up by bad weather, such as rain, wind or humidity. Try not to use a hairstyle that requires too much hairspray, as this tends to be more easily ruined in bad weather. Carry a tasteful umbrella with you so that you're not caught in an unexpected rainstorm, which will certainly put an end to your carefully arranged hairstyle.
With features published by media such as Business Week and Fox News, Stephanie Dube Dwilson is an accomplished writer with a law degree and a master's in science and technology journalism. She has written for law firms, public relations and marketing agencies, science and technology websites, and business magazines.