I'm cool with working but I don't want to sacrifice my beard. I've been told you're more likley to get hired when you are clean shaven. Is this true, & has anyone here had an experience with this?
Definitely shave. Being clean shaven will immediately send a positive message. At the very least, make your beard look nice. If you wander into the interview looking like a scraggly bastard, that is the first and most prominent image the manager will get. But if you shave it makes you look neat and sends a positive message. Trust me, I'm going to be a doctor.
Man. You won't change social attitudes towards beards with that kind of attitude. You've got to get out there and bring awareness to the struggle bearded men have finding employment. You've got to beat the odds and land a job and do it bearded.
Only then will they make a documentary about you.
Shave and ask you're employer, after you get hired, is it ok to have a beard at this job. Plus, another great way to gauge what is acceptable is to look at other employees and see if they have beards. The biggest determinant for determining if you get hired is what you bring to the company, not necessarily how you look (though looking dirty or unclean won't help so, if you have to keep the beard, trim it).
Finally, dude, it'll grow back. And it's a beard, it'll grow back fast. This isn't a life or death decision. Just shave, you'll survive.
People like those who look physically similar to them. If your interviewer has a beard, then you having a beard will help you. But if she/he doesn't, then it won't.
When you hand over your resume to your interviewer put it in some kind of binder so that your resume is physically heavier compared to other resumes. People unconsciously perceive those with heavier resumes as having more impressive credentials.
Try to mimic posture of your interviewer. It will help.
Man. You won't change social attitudes towards beards with that kind of attitude. You've got to get out there and bring awareness to the struggle bearded men have finding employment. You've got to beat the odds and land a job and do it bearded. Only then will they make a documentary about you.
I'd probably shave for the interview, and then if/when you get the job, find out if you can have a beard. If you can't bring yourself to do that, then make sure your beard looks neat - trim it to a constant length, and shave around the neckline so that it's neat and well-defined. Brush it with a comb so that it's not messy.
You need to look presentable - which doesn't necessarily mean clean-shaven. But if you go in with a beard, make absolutely sure it's well-groomed.
What I did was get a haircut (I had shoulder-length hair at Uni) and go clean-shaven, then once I got in I grew a beard on holiday and came back with it. If it had been a problem, I would have shaved it, but it wasn't.
What kind of a weird ass fucking place do you have to work at for a beard to be a problem? I can understand the whole general "don't look like a hobo on an interview" thing, but just having a beard isn't a problem.
If you think you look good with a beard, wear that mother fucker like a boss!
as long as your beard is well kept and obviously a beard then it wouldn't stop you getting a job. i work in a professional office environment and we hire people with beards.
its the 'i couldn't be arsed to shave for a few days' look that would put a potential employer off. it would suggest a lazy, unprofessional person and first impressions count as much as anything.
that being said personally i think all beards are ridiculous and make people look like they have something to hide. the only beard i would be impressed by would be a beard of bee's.
....trim it? Don't shave, just trim. It'll look tidy, and it'll implant a subtle idea in the interviewer's mind that you're willing to compromise. If they still act like pricks after that, well then, fuck 'em. Preconceptions need to stop anyway, where I'm from, the only people who can't grow beards are the very guys you wouldn't want to hire, as they'd steal anything that wasn't nailed down.
Failing that, Dumbledore it, I'm talking having to tuck it into your belt!
Don't shave, but bring a sword. Intimidation works great during potential work opportunities.
Right here. The bigger the beard, the more imposing and powerful you look in interviews. It's also probably a good idea to subtly hint that you can kill the interviewer without even trying.
Another good tactic is to refuse to sit down for the interview because that makes you look feeble and to take off your shirt so the company you're interviewing for knows you mean business.