Best Job Interview Hairstyles for Women
What's the best way to style your hair for an interview? Whether you are interviewing in person or remotely, it's important to make a good impression.
How you style your hair for a job interview can be as important as the interview clothes you wear. After all, the interviewer is going to notice everything about your appearance, including your hair, makeup, and attire.
You don't need a professional stylist—what's most important is to be comfortable with the way you look and the image you present to the employer.
It's perfectly acceptable to be you, especially if you're not someone who spends a lot of time on their appearance. But do be sure not to look too disheveled or messy, even if your interview is just a quick video call from home.
Keep Your Hairstyle Professional and Polished
There are lots of ways to style your hair for a job interview. You can opt for a more formal style, or choose a natural look. After all, interviewing is about you and how you're a fit for the company. There's no need to make yourself over into something you're not for a job interview.
While some options are trendy and others are more traditional, remember that your hairstyle should strike a balance between your wardrobe and your makeup. For example, if your makeup is a little edgy, opt for a more toned down hairstyle. Be mindful of your final look, which should be tasteful, professional, and polished. That way, the focus will be on you, and not how you styled your hair.
If you're trying out a new job interview hairstyle, do a trial run ahead of time so you're happy with how you look. Interviews are stressful enough without having to worry about a bad hair day.
Here's a selection of the best hairstyles for short, long, and medium length hair.
Is a ponytail formal enough for a job interview? It can be, if you choose a polished look. Opt for sleek styling, using an anti-frizz product or styling cream to tame flyaways.
For an elegant touch, pull a piece of hair from the bottom of your ponytail and wrap it around to conceal your hair tie, securing it with a bobby pin.
Pin One Side Back
During your interview, you don't want to be worrying about pushing your hair out of your face. A style with one side pulled back can be a happy medium between wearing your hair down and styling it in a full updo.
This is an easy look to style: twist or bring one side back, and secure it behind your ear with a bobby pin.
Keep It Short (and Stylish)
Gone are the days when the workplace called for a prim and proper look. Experiment with shorter styles, like the one pictured—short on the side and a bit longer on the top.
A short haircut minimizes maintenance and speeds up your morning routine. It also lends a unique, edgy appeal to your look.
Rock Trendy Braids
Don't feel limited to a basic, straight-down-your-back braid. Try options like a fishtail, a side braid, a braid of braids, or a French braid.
You can certainly have some fun; just remember to keep it more low-key than all-out. You're going to a professional meeting, not a wedding.
Shake Up Your Ponytail
Bored with the basic ponytail? Use your preferred method of curling to add medium-width curls to your hair, and then finish the look with a pretty side pony.
Leave a few tendrils loose for a more relaxed look, but be sure they won't distract you or hang in your face during the interview.
Wear It High
The high bun gets your hair up and out of the way, without compromising style.
First, sweep your hair high on your head, leaving one piece free, and twist into a bun. Then, secure with a hair tie.
To conceal the elastic, wrap the free piece around it and pin the piece of hair underneath the bun with a bobby pin.
Placement is key. Find the top and center of your skull, then move a few inches down, so your bun sits halfway between the top of your hairline and your eyebrows.
What to Wear
When you're choosing a hairstyle for your interview, also keep your interview attire and accessories in mind. Regardless of the type of workplace you're interviewing for, it's important to look pulled together and appropriately dressed.
Try out some outfits and hairstyles ahead of time to be sure you're making the best impression. You'll save time and stress and won't have to scramble to get ready at the last minute.