Shaving Tips for A Job Interview
It is one thing to walk into an interview room prepared on how to answer the questions, and it is quite another different thing looking the part. Most people are misguided by the belief that the job market is out just for your skills and knowledge.
Truth is that perception is also a major factor and especially first perceptions. It may not be fair in terms of a process, but minds are often made up in the first 10-15 seconds.
You have to look the part of the job you intend to get which means that grooming is a serious matter in an interview as well. You might be accustomed to the daily reminders to put on a good suit and shoes, but what about your hair and beard?
Having well kept hair and a clean shaven face has been highlighted as a major confidence boost. Just because your hair and beard look fashionable, that does not actually make you attractive for the job. Most industries look for a conservative look with the exception of a few. There is no definite style to shave that is recommended for a particular job interview but the following could lead you to achieving that ideal look.
Beard or No Beard
Here the rule is simple. Keep it clean. There is always a positive bias that arises towards clean shaven men. It makes one look younger, more focused and even professional. Take a look at the top CEO’s around the world and you will be surprised to learn only a few have facial hair. Now again this may not be fair but it is nonetheless factual. Some companies will not care whether you have a beard or not , but sadly many will. They are certainly becoming much more acceptable which is a good thing in our opinion here at the Emporium.
You are advised not to risk any fancy and playful beards. Avoid the sideburns, goatees, chin whiskers and scruffy beards. While these styles may turn heads or bring you attention, it may not be necessarily positive. Now a clean shave may not raise eyebrows but it will make you appealing to most interviewers.
Most men these days will use a beard trimmer to maintain a sharp looking beard with nice straight lines. A lot of men these days are also turning to products like Argan oil, which helps a lot when growing a healthy looking beard.
Shaving For An Interview
If you decide to go for the clean shaved look then here is how we would recommend that you take care of that. Make sure you use a good quality shaving cream and a sharp razor. The cream works as a skin moisturizer to help prevent bumps and cuts from the shaving blade.
Splash some water on the area to be shaved and then apply a good layer of the cream. Allow this stay for a minute or two so that it penetrates and softens the skin. Add another layer to thicken it up and then proceed to shave. Make sure to shave in the direction in which the hair grows. Shaving against the hair will cause irritation and even bumps. Once you are done rinse with cool water and use a hydrating lotion or aftershave.
We have done a more detailed article on wet shaving which you can read by clicking here.
When Should You Shave For An Interview?
That is a really good question. You will know what time the interview has been set for and will also know how long it takes you to get there. Always leave plenty of time in case something goes wrong. Very few people, if any, will be offered a job if they turn up late for an interview. Before you leave you will need to allow time for a shower, a shave and to get dressed.
The perfect time to shave is either in the shower or as soon as you get out. That is because the steam from the shower will have really softened the bristles. That makes shaving a great deal easier. There is of course a risk of getting a nick so just make sure you have enough time to make sure any bleeding has stopped.
A traditional cut will always work the perfect look. Consider the classic taper or the typical business man’s haircut. Such styles will help keep the sides and back short but still give you room for a little versatility when you are not in an interview. Totally keep away from wet looks and make use of matte styling products for a clean appearance. On the other hand, as you pursue an appealing look for your interview, keep in mind that short can sometimes be extreme. A considerable length of hair is always good.
Finding that perfect shave for your interview could be tricky but you can always seek advice. If you have the time and money you could consult an expert to help you figure out the best shaving style for your job interview. I guess you could go all in and opt to go to a professional barber and get the job done.
It will cost a few pounds for sure but could just make the difference between getting the job or not.