Here are a couple
of me today, short hair, longish beard. I just was at the barber on Saturday.
Here is a photo
of me from about 2 years ago, with longer hair, but a much shorter beard.
(No, I don't think I photograph particularly well.)
Anyway, the question is, I'm going in to test and interview for a dispatcher position for my little town on Monday. It'd be a huge step up for my life in a lot of ways -- only 2 blocks from where I live, over twice the pay I'm getting now... The job has some drawbacks (rotating schedule, the stress of being a dispatcher for police, fire, other city services, etc)...
Mr hippybear has suggested I might want to trim the beard in my old manner for the testing/interview day. I'm pretty happy with my long beard appearance at the moment, and while I know it would grow back, I kind of feel like that might be presenting a false face (literally!) to the employer since I'd immediately not trim my beard again and would let my excellent barber Blaine keep it in shape with monthly appointments while it grew long again.
What I want to know is, should I trim my beard? Is it really going to increase my chances of getting this job? Will I just be setting up my employer to be nagging me about my appearance
if I get the job and then start to go back to what I want to look like these days?
To preëmpt a few things from the outset: no, I will not shave my beard off, and I will be not adopt facial hair styles that are not a full beard. I've worn this beard since I was 18, basically, and am pretty lazy with my grooming overall, so full beard works best for me. The question is, long or short?
Advice on this, plus any stories that can be shared about altering one's appearance for a job interview and whether you think it helped and whether you "reverted" later and how that went would be appreciated.