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Long Hair Before Interview?

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:25 pm
by Ikki
I have an interview with my local D.A.'s Office tomorrow and an interview with a State Judge later on this week. Both interviews are for 1L summer internships. I have researched both office's and feel like I interview well, but I am worried about my hair. Right now is just a bit above my shoulders, it's well groomed and clean. I was hoping to have to cut it at the earliest before OCI in August but don't know if that might be a bad idea.

Re: Long Hair Before Interview?

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:36 pm
by StarLightSpectre
Ikki wrote:I have an interview with my local D.A.'s Office tomorrow and an interview with a State Judge later on this week. Both interviews are for 1L summer internships. I have researched both office's and feel like I interview well, but I am worried about my hair. Right now is just a bit above my shoulders, it's well groomed and clean. I was hoping to have to cut it at the earliest before OCI in August but don't know if that might be a bad idea.


I'm a lowly 0L so no advice here. But I just want to commiserate with you. I do not look forward to the day I have to cut my hair to look "professional".

Re: Long Hair Before Interview?

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:39 pm
by The Duck
Are you a guy? I'd get a haircut. You want to look professional and it's probably the haircut you'll sport the rest of your life so you may as well start now.

Re: Long Hair Before Interview?

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:00 pm
by LawIdiot86
Get it cut now. An employer will hold it against you. Yes, it has no bearing on your work performance, but employers are allowed to judge you on criteria like that. No, it doesn't matter that it's unfair or otherwise infringes on your expression. If you want the job, you play by their rules, which are short hair on men.

Re: Long Hair Before Interview?

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:25 pm
by shepdawg
LawIdiot86 wrote:Get it cut now. An employer will hold it against you. Yes, it has no bearing on your work performance, but employers are allowed to judge you on criteria like that. No, it doesn't matter that it's unfair or otherwise infringes on your expression. If you want the job, you play by their rules, which are short hair on men.

I would think that longhair would have bearing district attorney's work performance, because they would look less credible to a jury.

Re: Long Hair Before Interview?

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:52 pm
by r6_philly
Ask much deliberation, I cut off about 2 feet. Worth it. Don't take the chance (why).

Re: Long Hair Before Interview?

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:53 pm
by r6_philly
shepdawg wrote:I would think that longhair would have bearing district attorney's work performance, because they would look less credible to a jury.


As much as I feel this is ridiculous, it is true. Same with mustache/beard. I did a bit of research before making my decision to cut, but it's pretty clear based on many studies.

Re: Long Hair Before Interview?

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:54 pm
by Br3v
Long hair employer care.

Re: Long Hair Before Interview?

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:23 am
by Pricer
r6_philly wrote:
shepdawg wrote:I would think that longhair would have bearing district attorney's work performance, because they would look less credible to a jury.


As much as I feel this is ridiculous, it is true. Same with mustache/beard. I did a bit of research before making my decision to cut, but it's pretty clear based on many studies.


Agreed. Older attorneys will not take you serious with long hair. I have heard partners joke about younger guys with long hair, calling them hippies, etc. I always make sure to shave with a straight razor the morning of interviews and most mornings before work, and I make sure to keep my hair short during interviews and the earlier days working there. After you've proven yourself, your looks don't matter quite as much to your employer. But you should be mindful of clients, and, as mentioned above, juries.

Re: Long Hair Before Interview?

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:32 am
by leobowski
Short hair always.
Clean-shaven almost always.
Neatly trimmed beard-rarely.
Manscaping- feelin' lucky pal?

Re: Long Hair Before Interview?

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:02 am
by Glock
Ikki wrote:I have an interview with my local D.A.'s Office tomorrow and an interview with a State Judge later on this week. Both interviews are for 1L summer internships. I have researched both office's and feel like I interview well, but I am worried about my hair. Right now is just a bit above my shoulders, it's well groomed and clean. I was hoping to have to cut it at the earliest before OCI in August but don't know if that might be a bad idea.



Don't be an idiot. Cut your hair. Unless you are in Portland.

Re: Long Hair Before Interview?

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:23 am
by Ikki
Took the advice, now it's gone :(

Re: Long Hair Before Interview?

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:45 pm
by Reprisal
Ikki wrote:Took the advice, now it's gone :(


:( but good