Women's Hairstyles for a Job Interview

The way you wear your hair to a job interview can be as important as the clothes you wear. True, what you bring to the job in experience and drive should be most important. But remember that the employer doesn't know you yet. All the interviewer sees is what you present that day. Keep your hairstyle from being a distraction during the interview so the employer can focus instead on getting to know you.

Look Low Maintenance

No employer wants to hire someone who is "high maintenance" -- who requires a lot of care and time that could distract from the job. To keep your hair from giving that impression, wear it sleek and unfussy at the interview. One way to do that is to pull it back into a low ponytail, which is more professional than a high pony. A braid, low chignon or high bun are other options. Use pomade to tame flyaway hairs that can make these looks appear messy. Avoid fancy updos, however, that are more suitable for an evening out. If you prefer to wear your hair down, keep it out of your face with hairpins or a business appropriate headband in brown or black.

Steer Clear of Trendy

Spiky hair or wild streaks of bold color might work to your advantage in an interview for an artistic job, but for most interviews, more conservative looks will serve you best. That doesn't mean you must have the cookie-cutter corporate bob, however. A shoulder-length, blunt-cut bob may be seen as somewhat severe and trendy, while a layered bob looks stylish and easy to care for. Short, pixie haircuts can exude confidence, but may also turn many people off. Blunt-cut bangs can make a statement, but the statement may be too bold. Opt instead for softer or side-swept bangs.

Don't Reveal Your Age

Every woman should be proud of her age, but the truth is, people do discriminate against the young and older employee, even if they don't mean to do so. A young woman may signal inexperience, while an older woman may signal outdated ideas. To avoid giving either signal, wear your hair age-neutral. Avoid high, girlish ponytails, barrettes and headbands with bows. If your hair is long, pulling it back into a low ponytail or high bun can make you appear more serious and mature. Gray hair, however, or hair with roots that appear gray, can make you seem overly mature, even "old." Always touch up roots before a job interview. Hair can become dull as it ages, so consider adding subtle highlights around your face for a brighter, more youthful look.

Be Your Best Self

Adapting your hairstyle for a job interview doesn't mean attempting to be someone you're not. If you prefer to wear your naturally curly hair down, just be sure it isn't frizzy. Have the ends trimmed a few days before the interview, and use pomade to tame flyaway hairs the day of the interview. Wearing a style you're really not comfortable with just to land a job can backfire, because your discomfort with the style can make you appear to lack confidence. Choose a style close to what you would normally wear, but keep it sleek and out of your face. You want potential employers to see you, not your hair.