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    Default Facial hair & interviews

    I'm curious about everyone's opinion on this. Is it ok as long as it's trimmed and neatly groomed? Is a mustache ok? Goatee? Jawline? Where do you draw the line personally?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xenodamus View Post
    I'm curious about everyone's opinion this. Is it ok as long as its trimmed and neatly groomed? Is a mustache ok? Goatee? Jawline? Where do you draw the line personally?
    I think it is fine as long as you don't look like captain hook, kimbo slice, or well any of these guys Google Image Result for http://jugsi.com/wp-content/uploads/weird-beard.jpg
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    My facial hair has caused me zero problems.
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    I've worn a beard since I was 18, and its well-groomed. I interface with high-level banking executives on a regular basis and I've never had a problem. I wouldn't roll into an interview with a soul patch or a fu man chu but if facial hair is a standard part of your look go with it. Don't change who you are for a job, that's foolish.
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    Personally I keep it clean shaven for an interview. If I were interviewing people I wouldn't have an issue with neatly groomed facial hair though.
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    Over the years I've had all sorts of facial hair, goatee's, stripes, tufts, currently full beard that is trimmed n shaped. Its never caused me a problem as yet.



    ps. OT but coincidently my new beard trimmer just arrived lol
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    as long as it is neat, you're good money. i know i shave once a week because, i dont need to shave everyday cuz my facial doesnt grow THAT fast, and also i'm not trying to have irritated skin, razor bumps, and ingrowns all the time.
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    It is a bad poll, IMO. I personally shave before an interview, but nearly trimmed facial hair that is beneficial to one demeanor is in no way a bad thing.
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    Having facial hair has never caused me problems. I just had to make sure it wasn't all crazy like. I've seen some jobs that required no facial hair like in the food industry (GFS).
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    I've always had facial hair and I've never had a problem with it. I have to agree with Paul in regards to doing what you normally do. If I were cleaned shaved before an interview I would feel really awkward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chmorin View Post
    It is a bad poll, IMO.
    How so? Either you feel that neatly groomed facial hair is acceptable, or you don't. I ask the question because I ran across more than one website that suggested you shave any facial hair before an interview, with the exception of maybe a mustache, and grow it back later.

    I personally have facial hair that I groom and trim on a regular basis, so I found the suggestion odd. I don't feel that facial hair should be a strike against you in an interview and wondered how many others feel the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aldur View Post
    I've always had facial hair and I've never had a problem with it. I have to agree with Paul in regards to doing what you normally do. If I were cleaned shaved before an interview I would feel really awkward.
    You'd also look like a damn slob when you tried to grow your facial hair back
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    Quote Originally Posted by xenodamus View Post
    How so? Either you feel that neatly groomed facial hair is acceptable, or you don't. I ask the question because I ran across more than one website that suggested you shave any facial hair before an interview, with the exception of maybe a mustache, and grow it back later.

    I personally have facial hair that I groom and trim on a regular basis, so I found the suggestion odd. I don't feel that facial hair should be a strike against you in an interview and wondered how many others feel the same.
    I'd say that that article you read is more the exception than the norm. Perhaps if you're looking into a medical field or food service, but I can't think of any reason why well-groomed facial hair would be unacceptable. Perhaps its a mental image thing? If someone walks into an interview and they're middle-aged with a beard its going to age that person visually. On the other hand, I'm 25 and its difficult for someone my age to get support or confidence from executives. Facial hair is used to positively visually age myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xenodamus View Post
    How so? Either you feel that neatly groomed facial hair is acceptable, or you don't. I ask the question because I ran across more than one website that suggested you shave any facial hair before an interview, with the exception of maybe a mustache, and grow it back later.

    I personally have facial hair that I groom and trim on a regular basis, so I found the suggestion odd. I don't feel that facial hair should be a strike against you in an interview and wondered how many others feel the same.
    One option is if I shave, not if I think everyone should shave. That is why it is a bad poll. It could be:

    You should have no facial hair.
    You can have neatly trimmed facial hair.

    But people get the point. I have met many a-people who look worse without facial hair than with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chmorin View Post
    One option is if I shave, not if I think everyone should shave. That is why it is a bad poll. It could be:

    You should have no facial hair.
    You can have neatly trimmed facial hair.

    But people get the point. I have met many a-people who look worse without facial hair than with.

    I was thinking the same thing. I picked the "shave" option because that's what I do, not that I think everyone should.
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    Quote Originally Posted by networker050184 View Post
    I was thinking the same thing. I picked the "shave" option because that's what I do, not that I think everyone should.
    See i did the exact opposite haha.
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    I went into my last interview with a nice trim, but I have freeform locks so I doubt they were looking at my chin hair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chmorin View Post
    One option is if I shave, not if I think everyone should shave.
    I see. The latter is what I was going for - whether everyone views facial hair as acceptable or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xenodamus View Post
    I see. The latter is what I was going for - whether everyone views facial hair as acceptable or not.
    Regardless people's replies tell you their opinion. So it does not really matter =) I think each individual should be dressed and groomed in a professional demeanor that is unique to themselves. As long as that is accomplished, who cares what is on their face?
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    I personally don't see an issue with groomed facial hair. I have about a 6" goatee that I have had since I was 17. Granted, my wife does take about 3" off if I do go for an interview, but I try to avoid letting her chop it off.

    As long as you are presentable, professionally, I think it is OK.
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    I shave normally. I wish male pattern baldness affected the face and not the scalp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zartanasaurus View Post
    I shave normally. I wish male pattern baldness affected the face and not the scalp.

    Its almost like this for me. I can not shave for 3 days and all I have is what looks like highschoolers stubble. My dad started going bald pretty young but I havnt yet, so I don't *think* I ended up with that gene, lol.
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    I started going bald when I was 16 which may have lead to my beard. Compensating possibly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyper-Me View Post
    Its almost like this for me. I can not shave for 3 days and all I have is what looks like highschoolers stubble. My dad started going bald pretty young but I havnt yet, so I don't *think* I ended up with that gene, lol.
    Is your mom's dad (or your mom) bald? Your dad has nothing to do with it.
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