2020 has been a... year. Let’s leave it at that. Considering it all, there are a lot of people looking for jobs right now. Hopefully, you’re trying to move up, but there are plenty who don’t have enough work right now. No matter your situation, it’s always in your best interest to knock every interview out of the park. We’re not going to cover the entire interview process today, Instead, we’re going to focus on beards. Beard styles for less hair.
A little prep work goes a long way. Before you determine how to shave for your interview, you probably need to be able to manage your beard in the first place. You can learn more about growing a beard to improve your options. Assuming you have some facial hair to work with, this guide is going to discuss what you should do with it for your interview.
You might want a simple, easy answer, but in 2020, the rules for beards are many and varied. There is no simple answer for all places where you would want to work. In general, beards are very in fashion right now, and a lot of employers will appreciate your glorious facial hair. That said, there are too many exceptions to that idea to even count. In the end, you’re going to have to play this case by case, but we have some tips to help you make educated decisions throughout. So, let’s start by talking about how you can research a company and determine if they’re beard friendly or not.
LinkedIn is easy to ridicule. The platform often feels like more of a mess than it’s worth, but it has its uses. When it comes to preparing for an interview, you can look up the company in question. Your primary goal (when it comes to beards) is to examine the facial hair of as many employees as you can. If you’re seeing beards with any regularity, it’s a good sign that the company doesn’t have a widespread anti-beard policy or culture.
If you’re seeing a lot of beards, it means that a little hair on your face might even improve your interview. That’s worth remembering.
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While you’re checking LinkedIn, you can look into other social media platforms as well. More data is definitely good, but use caution. You don’t want to leave a trace of your research online. Otherwise, you’ll be walking into an interview looking like a stalker.
Check the Company Website
If you’re interviewing for a smaller company and they don’t have that strong social media presence, there are still resources available. Start with the company website. Smaller businesses tend to have a lot of staff photos. That’s a great way to find out how they feel about beards. They might also link an Instagram account. You should already understand the value of clicking on that link.
What you want to avoid is physically stalking your prey. Don’t go hang out in the parking lot just to see how many guys have beards. It won’t be received well.
Even if the company is ok with beards, not all jobs are. Check on regulations for the job. You may need to mitigate your facial hair for the sake of safety. Keep in mind that the regulations won’t just come from the government. The company might have a policy about beards in certain positions. You might be able to find some of that information on their website. You can probably also guess by looking up people in the same or similar roles.
Aside from hard rules, there are some soft guidelines for beards. If your job includes any type of field work that would require a mask, a beard is probably a bad idea. If it involves working with people who might be sick, shaving makes hygiene easier. You definitely shouldn’t have a long beard if you’re going to be working with food.
The biggest one is customer-facing work. Even though beards are popular, the prevailing wisdom is that customer-facing jobs are best served by shaved faces. We can’t tell you why it’s that way, but it’s a safe bet that you should shave before an interview for one of those positions — especially if it’s sales or client-related.
What Kind of Beard Is OK?
Not all beards are created equal. You might find a lot of evidence that a beard is acceptable at the new place of work. That’s a great start, but you need to see what kind of styles are prevalent. Older styles are a lot less common today. While they may not be taboo, an out-of-date approach to facial hair might make it harder for you to connect with your interviewer. You don’t need to copy anyone’s facial hair, but you should probably try to complement what you see in your research. Research