What you wear to a job interview and how you behave in front of your potential future employer are incredibly important factors. But, ultimately, it’s your confidence that will help you to make the best first impression.
Confidence comes from within, so if you feel as though you’re looking your best, you’re more likely to appear comfortable in your own skin and sure of your abilities.
You’ll know for yourself whether you feel at your best clean-shaven or when you have some neat facial hair, but here are a few extra things to bear in mind for being at your best in your next job interview:
Interview Tips from Employers
We’re employers ourselves, so we have our own advice for interview candidates, which you can find here. Our top tips are:
- Research the company as thoroughly as you can – a job description won’t include everything you need to know, so do some investigating of your own too. Check out the business on LinkedIn, look up news on recent successes, and find out a little bit about the company culture too. If you can subtly drop details along these lines into conversation, you’re sure to impress.
- Be yourself – don’t put on an act and try to be someone you’re not; you want to be hired for your own personality and experience. However, if you need to give yourself a little confidence boost, start with your look, as that can massively impact how you feel.
Should I Shave for a Job Interview?
Traditionally, shaving before a job interview would always have been recommended, as the clean-shaven look was seen as the smartest option. But times are changing, and it’s now recognised that a beard or moustache can help you to express yourself, and in turn boost your confidence.
If you have a beard but aren’t sure whether it’s appropriate for a job interview, remember that it’ll soon grow back if you do shave it off. If you’d rather not, simply check the company culture of the organisation you’re applying to and make your decision based on that. If it has a smart casual dress code, neat facial hair is most likely fine.
Pre-Interview Skincare Tips
In the run-up to your interview, make sure you’re in the habit of using shaving products that are suitable for your skin type. Avoid irritation by choosing a shaving gel or foam that’s suitable for sensitive skin, like our SkinGuard Men’s Sensitive Shaving Gel.
Even if you don’t have particularly sensitive skin, using a shaving gel or foam is still important to keep your skin hydrated during and after shaving. This is also essential for smooth razor glide, which will help to reduce the chance of razor bumps and ingrown hairs too.
If you’re taking the plunge and completely shaving your beard off, make sure you cut it down with a trimmer like the Gillette All Purpose Styler before going in for a closer shave – this will help to avoid long hairs becoming tangled in your razor. You can use the All Purpose Styler to trim, shave and shape, so you can decide whether you’re happy with a neatly trimmed beard or you want to go for a clean shave.