Shave or not shave?
March 29, 2011 3:17 PM Subscribe
I have an important interview coming up with a big law firm. Should I shave my beard? Special circumstances inside.
posted by naju to Work & Money (31 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a guy in my late 20's. I haven't interviewed in some 2 years, and in the time since I've worn a small, neatly-trimmed beard and am quite happy with it. The current environment I work at is not a law firm, and is perfectly fine with beards, so it hasn't been an issue. But the job hunt is another matter.
I'm fairly certain that I'm more attractive and present better with a beard, and in the days when I was shaving, my skin seemed to have an adverse reaction to it. No matter how often I shaved, my face appeared darker, like a constant five-o-clock shadow or perma-stubble - so, ironically, my shaven face came across as less 'professional' than the appearance I have now.
I know the common wisdom in conservative professions is to shave for interviews, and when I look at the profiles of attorneys on the law firm's web site, the men are clean-shaven. I'm just wondering if my circumstances might be special.
To add to the issue, I'm Indian and dark-skinned. My mom complains that I look like a terrorist, and while I could care less what she thinks, I wouldn't want a partner in charge of hiring to come away with the same impression.
Thanks for the advice!