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Old 09-05-2011, 10:56 PM
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Red face Job Interviews - Stubble?

I HATE being clean shaven, and the last time I was it was 4 years ago when I went for my current job. I feel really uncomfortable and unconfident in my appearance without a bit of stubble.

Would this stubble hinder getting a job?

I currently work in IT and would want to carry on doing the same, but I can't see how short neatly trimmed stubble should reduce my chances of successful interviews!
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:06 PM
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Personally I think stubble looks inappropriate and unprofessional for a job interview, like you have just got out of bed and not made an effort. I don't think anyone will be able to tell whether you have trimmed it or not so that won't make a difference.

Anyway, if in doubt surely you can shave just for one day? You'll have the stubble back the next morning.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:11 PM
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Confidence is key. A bit of stubble is cool but anything more might be off-putting. I personally think you are an entire package, if they can't accept your face for that then they wouldn't have picked you anyway. If you know roughly how long it takes it grow back... and know the interview a few days in advance, you can get clean shaven ready for a bit of stubble to grow in time. Facial hair is frown upon at interviews but a well groomed beard etc. isn't normally a worry, its just when its untidy.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:11 PM
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Would this stubble hinder getting a job?
No. Not in IT, anyway.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:12 PM
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I HATE being clean shaven, and the last time I was it was 4 years ago when I went for my current job. I feel really uncomfortable and unconfident in my appearance without a bit of stubble.

Would this stubble hinder getting a job?
I don't know but for the sake of getting a better job I would put up with a day feeling uncomfortable.

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I currently work in IT and would want to carry on doing the same, but I can't see how short neatly trimmed stubble should reduce my chances of successful interviews!
The point is that its all about perceptions. To some stubble looks as if you couldn't be bothered. So yes it may reduce your chances at said interview.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:16 PM
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No. Not in IT, anyway.
Yes scruffy lot those IT consultants
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:19 PM
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Shave it off. A day being clean shaven for a job interview won't kill you.

A bit of stubble may make no difference to the opinion of the interviewer, or then again it might. Why take the risk?
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:20 PM
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why not grow a proper beard then?
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:21 PM
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Old gits (ie me, 41) in fairly middle-of-the-road, professional jobs will probably frown on a bit of stubble....young, hip IT dudes will not give two hoots....know your enemy!!
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:33 PM
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It's a tricky one, because one man's stubble is another man's face forest. I am a stubble fan - and I vote for keeping it - but as you say, have it as tidy as possible.
I noticed our HR director was sporting a stubble today - didn't make him look any less professional.
Best of luck with the job interview.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:40 PM
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Shave it off. I wouldn't hire you as it would look as though you weren't bothering.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:43 PM
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First impressions count, do you want to be seen as the guy who looked like he just crawled out of bed or the guy who went to a bit of effort to look sharp? In this job market, i know what i'd rather be!
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:48 PM
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I noticed our HR director was sporting a stubble today - didn't make him look any less professional.
I thought for a minute you were going to write "... - didn't make her look any less professional."
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:50 PM
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Hi Luckymann.
My tuppenth worth is - shave it off. It looks far more professional and business like. As soon as you have your foot in the door you can grow a beard down to your knees.

GOOD LUCK WITH THE INTERVIEW
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:51 PM
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Some argue it shows experience... lol
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Old 10-05-2011, 6:35 AM
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Some argue it shows experience... lol
Probably those without much success at interviews......
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Old 10-05-2011, 6:50 AM
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Shave the day before but not on the day of the interview, it also has the advantage that you won't turn up at the interview with spots and razor bumps.
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Old 10-05-2011, 7:01 AM
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Old 10-05-2011, 7:10 AM
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How will the person/people interviewing you know that you just don't like being clean shaven rather than you tumbled out of bed late or couldn't be ar5ed?

They won't - thus it is best to just shave.
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Old 10-05-2011, 12:09 PM
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Shave everything. Not just your face.
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