By Gary Lee Walters, Editor-in-Chief
Ensuring students are employable as possible is the main focus of what we do here at ULS. Appearance is quite understandably a big part of Employability. We give advice to guys on what they ought to consider wearing at an interview (yes, some think it is acceptable to wear chino’s) and other matters, such as personal hygiene, i.e. do not to dab on too much Brut or Old Spice…
There is a dress code for gals too, and quite naturally we extend the same advice albeit tailored (if you forgive the pun) to women on what to consider. Again, not too much perfume, you want to leave a good impression for hours after the interview, not an odor.
So what is the main reason for this bite-size blog? One question that always comes up is hair, more specifically, the cut. Should you let your ‘personality’ shine? Should guys with long hair, leave it so? I spoke to one young executive at a PI firm recently about employability and his haircut cropped up (apologies for the pun, again). He specifically cut his hair for the job interview, he felt he may not have been taken seriously without doing so.
He described his former cut as the ‘Testament Cut’ – Jesus. Of course, there is no way of knowing whether leaving it ‘raw’ would have been objectionable, but he did say he felt more at ease during the interview, not preoccupied or anxious about it, and performed well – he got the job.
Guys: As a way of canvassing views, what do you think about hair V interviews and would you consider losing hair length to get that job? I should probably insert a photo of me here for feedback – be kind!
Gals: Would you consider a different look for an interview, and if so, why?
Guys and Gals: Is this all just academic? Shouldn’t the main focus be your qualifications and not your image?
Answers below please! One lucky winner chosen at random by the Randomizer gets a £15 voucher of their choice (iTunes, Spotify etc.)
© Gary Lee Walters, 2013