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View Poll Results: Shave The Beard Off?
Yes, Shave It All Off 79 45.93%
No, Leave It Like Lennon In 68 14 8.14%
Trim It and Shave everything else 79 45.93%
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:08 AM   #1
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Job Interview Question 101 - Proper To Shave Off Beard?

Alright here we go. I have an interview with a company for a job that could potentially pay me around 70k and is right near my house. I want the job, but I do have a decent current job that pays me 62k. I have a beard and have had one for 8 years now. I have never shaved it before any interviews before but I have trimmed it real nice and short and clean and shaved everything else around it. I now have someone telling this is a major error and no one paying that much money wants to see anyone with a beard. So I ask OOT, To shave or not?

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I have 2 "In's" at this job. They both have been pushing me for some time and have the ear of the person who will make the decision. I also know they are "desperate."

Cliff Notes - Shave or Not for a 70k Job Interview?
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:10 AM   #2
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Re: Job Interview Question 101 - Proper To Shave Off Beard?

Neatly trimmed should be fine.
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:12 AM   #3
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Re: Job Interview Question 101 - Proper To Shave Off Beard?

neatly trimmed should be fine ya, but if you can, try to find out of employees of said company have beards. if they do, then ya chances are trimmed beard is koo. if not, shavaments.
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:18 AM   #4
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Re: Job Interview Question 101 - Proper To Shave Off Beard?

i had an interview today and shaved my beard but kept my 12+ inches of luxurious auburn locks. i'm glad i was interviewed by a canadian chick instead of some fogey, but if i would have known that ahead of time i would have kept the beard.
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:18 AM   #5
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Re: Job Interview Question 101 - Proper To Shave Off Beard?

You gotta be you. 8 years of history is worth something.
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:42 AM   #6
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Re: Job Interview Question 101 - Proper To Shave Off Beard?

I voted 'shave' before reading, but even with the story it's close. How long does it take to grow a beard back? Aside from the raise, is the job that much better than the one you have?

Eh, if you're not desperate to get the job, keep the beard.
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:52 AM   #7
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Re: Job Interview Question 101 - Proper To Shave Off Beard?

I don't see how it would possibly matter, as long as you are neatly groomed. If the ****'s outta control and you look like Grizzly Adams, well, that's bad.




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Old 09-11-2008, 12:59 AM   #8
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Re: Job Interview Question 101 - Proper To Shave Off Beard?

I recently had an etiquette/business consultant who was telling us tips and they said people with beards get passed over much more then those who shave everything and if you truly want the job you should shave it.
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Old 09-11-2008, 01:19 AM   #9
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Re: Job Interview Question 101 - Proper To Shave Off Beard?

depends what you look like
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Old 09-11-2008, 01:42 AM   #10
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Re: Job Interview Question 101 - Proper To Shave Off Beard?

It depends. The younger you are the more likely you should shave it. If it's a purely tech job with almost 0 customer interaction then it probably doesn't matter. However, if you are going to be dealing with customers and making on site calls then you need to shave it.
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Old 09-11-2008, 01:45 AM   #11
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Re: Job Interview Question 101 - Proper To Shave Off Beard?

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It depends. The younger you are the more likely you should shave it. If it's a purely tech job with almost 0 customer interaction then it probably doesn't matter. However, if you are going to be dealing with customers and making on site calls then you need to shave it.
True. If you're monitoring network activity or some ****, I think the worse you look the better. Walk in there with a stained linux shirt and cutoff shorts and some Chuck Taylors on, hired on the spot.
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Old 09-11-2008, 01:59 AM   #12
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Re: Job Interview Question 101 - Proper To Shave Off Beard?

By the way, I never really understood the big fear of interviewing, or the need for all these books and seminars on how to do it. I've gotten every job I've ever interviewed for, it's really not hard. Dress nice, be on time, sit up straight, don't fidget, speak clearly, and have a good handshake. It's basic human interaction to create a good impression.

Not that I've ever interviewed for a non-****ty job.
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:29 PM   #13
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Re: Job Interview Question 101 - Proper To Shave Off Beard?

I ran into this situation about 3 weeks ago when interviewing for my first job out of college. I really didn't want to shave the beard but again the job paid well and was close to home so I really wanted it. A friend who is a manager for a major corporation nearby told me if I really wanted it that I had to shave it and that he or anyone else in his company hadn't hired anyone that had a beard during an interview. It may just be coincidence but I did shave it and later that week was offered the job out of 9 total candidates.
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:45 PM   #14
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Keep the beard but shave your balls. Tell them you've done this.
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:55 PM   #15
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Re: Job Interview Question 101 - Proper To Shave Off Beard?

Shave.

Lots of people will say it doesn't matter, but it does. Same things for tattoos and earrings. Just because it _shouldn't_ matter doesn't mean it _doesn't_ matter.

There are lots of people who will immediately discount you for a job for a beard, tattoo, or earing. The people who interview you may or may not care, but I'd play it safe and shave.
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