Job Interview Hairstyles For Women

Job Interview Hairstyles For Women

What you do with your hair during an interview matters. If you’re a woman, how you can style your hair will depend largely on the length of your hair, but some styles are definitely better than others. You want to get your hair out of your face, and if you are someone who unconsciously plays with your own hair, you should get it out of your reach as well. Here are some of the best hairstyles for women to wear to their job interviews:

Wear your hair down, but clip it back.

This is a simple look, and therefore it is a conservative one, and with job interviews, conservative is good. It allows your hair to frame your face nicely, but it keeps it from falling in front of your face during the interview. It is also better than just wearing it down, because it shows some degree of effort, and showing effort is always good, even if your hair looks fine without any styling.

Tie your hair back.

A ponytail is generally a safe, clean, efficient style. A lower ponytail is more conservative. If you have very long hair, definitely tie it back. The length preferences are more strict for men, but they apply to women as well.

A French Twist.

If you are going to wear your hair up, this is probably the best style. Some candidates prefer a top knot, but a top knot can look messy, and it can be harder to keep in place. The last thing you want is your hair tumbling down while you are in an interview. A French Twist will be more likely to stay in place, plus it looks neater. It is simple, elegant, and stylish. Another alternative would be a bun, as this is also neat, elegant, and keeps your hair in place.

A braid.

Braids are neat, take effort, look nice, and keep your hair out of the way and in place. One braid is better than two. Also avoid pigtails. Two braids or pigtails are too playful.

Safe hair colors include any natural hair colors.

If your hair is grey, you may want to dye it so that you appear younger. If you use hair clips or other accessories, choose the most conservative, least attention-grabbing accessories you can find. The impression you always want to give is, “This person looks nice, put some effort into her appearance, and would fit into the workplace,” and then you want the interviewer to completely forget about your appearance and pay attention to what you have to say.

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  1. Leah says:

    You suggest dying my gray hair to appear younger? Why would I do that? If someone doesn’t hire me BC I have gray hair and am older than I think that is discrimination, don’t you? I would never dye my gray hair to appear younger for a job interview. I am 45 and proud of my graying hair. I am offended by your suggestion.

    • Kris says:

      Leah, I completely agree, it shouldn’t matter if your greying, especially since its usually easy to figure out your age by your past employment dates and or graduation dates. I would be happier with someone who is proud of their appearance, and not trying to be someone they’re not.

    • Ashley says:

      Don’t be too offended, Leah. You’re right, it would be discrimination. But you’d never be able to prove it, unless the company blatantly said it. Personally, I love my white hair and will never dye it. But this article is about how to be successful. And 9 times out of 10? People are pretty shallow. They may not want the “wet behind the ears” youth. But the look? That’s innately attractive. That’s all this article was saying. How to create your best odds of scoring the job.

  2. Patti says:

    I have very curly shoulder length hair. I am in the design field and want my creative side to show. Should I keep it down or pull it up into a high ponytail?

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