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Interviews and shaved hair/head

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by k3wt, 9 Mar 2010.

  1. k3wt


    Joined: 22 Aug 2009

    Posts: 767

    For you managerial types out there :) If a young chap came smartly dressed to an interview but had a closely shaven head - say grade 1 or 2 would this seem unprofessional? ...Assuming he carries himself through the interview well.

    Of course u cant discriminate, equal opportunites and all that but honestly would it deem less professional over someone without a shaved head?

    Random but would like to hear your thoughts :p
  2. SilverTongue

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 4 Jun 2007

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    Location: Welsh Valleys

    As long as it was tidy I would have an issue with itI'd have more of an issue of a chap with houlder length hair than a closely shaven head
  3. wozencl


    Joined: 27 Jul 2009

    Posts: 590

    Location: UK

    Wear a ladies wig, you'll definitely fit some criteria then.
  4. muon


    Joined: 8 Nov 2006

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    Location: London

    Would be unfair, since a lot of people with shaved heads have it because of hair loss. Would be interesting to see what people think.
  5. k3wt


    Joined: 22 Aug 2009

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    think its different having shaved hair due to hair loss tho...
  6. xGBHxPegasus


    Joined: 30 Jun 2009

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    Location: Surrey, England

    Shouldnt matter I wouldnt think, as long as they, as you said hold themselves well within the interview.
  7. Redmint


    Joined: 28 Jan 2010

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    Location: Guildford

    People have less trust towards people with bald heads, beards or close eyes. :p Interview wise it shouldn't make too much difference going in with an army style hair cut.
  8. Siliconslave

    Man of Honour

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    depends on the job really - customer facing roles in certain markets might frown on it but that would depend more on how you look with a shaved head rather than if its shaved or not.

    If it makes you look like a thug then its not going to do you any favours I would say - however if they pass you over purely on that basis then they aren't worth working for.

    edit: Pics and we can tell it to you straight :)
    Last edited: 9 Mar 2010
  9. muon


    Joined: 8 Nov 2006

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    Location: London

    Can't always tell depending on how early you shave your head.
  10. Cosimo

    Man of Honour

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    If he looked like a thug and was meeting important clients then I might have some second thoughts. :p
  11. molemole0


    Joined: 2 Aug 2006

    Posts: 252

    If it looks tidy/respectable i'd say it would be fine
  12. Fubsy


    Joined: 12 Dec 2003

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    Location: Berkshire

    I got sent home from school once for shaving my hair off...
  13. Squink


    Joined: 25 Apr 2007

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    I'm not sure it's how short the hair is, as how much of a thug the person looks in general. Having closely-shaven hair can make a rough-looking type look even rougher. If, on the other hand, the person is of a mild demeanour and appearance, a shaven heed won't change that.

    Also I think it's pretty widely accepted these days that people going bald will often shave their hair close, rather than trying to hide it with a ridiculous combover.
  14. Jokester


    Joined: 7 Aug 2003

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    Location: Aberdeenshire

    I've had a number 1 for years, never stopped me. As pointed out, a lot of men have shaved heads just because of hair loss so it's no biggy at all.

    It's stuff like facial tattoos/pearcings that turn a lot of employers off!
  15. Mr^B


    Joined: 25 Nov 2002

    Posts: 3,436

    I've had a no.1 for a few years now, also wear DMs to work, never had any issues - probably because I wear glasses and look like a geek mind you...
  16. Dave M


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

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    So long as you can carry the look it's fine, I'd think shaved was more professional than a number one though.
  17. Biohazard


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  18. Tefal

    Capo Crimine

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    Depends if you look like a guy with a shaven/very short hair cut or a skin head tbh :p

    Same hair do but easy to tell apart :D
  19. Bouton Aide


    Joined: 9 Aug 2008

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    No-one should judge in an interview because of a shaved head. You may look like a thug though and the company might not want that sort of image.
  20. Skidder

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    if yobby in general then it would add to that impression if otherwise pleasant, fine

    any tatts on head then no