By Alison Doyle

The Balance, Updated August 14, 2018 —

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 you – including how you look, which includes your hair, makeup, and attire. That first glance is important, and you’ll only have a few seconds to make a great impression!

1. Keep Your Hairstyle Professional and Polished

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There are lots of ways to style your hair for a job interview. While some options are funky 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, try 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 that morning.

Here’s a selection of the best hairstyles for short, long, and medium length hair.

 

2. Pretty Ponytails

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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.

 

3. Pin One Side Back

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During your interview, you certainly 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. Even better, this is an easy look to style: just twist or bring one side back, and secure it behind your ear with a bobby pin.

 

4. Try Loose Curls

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If you want a professional, polished look that doesn’t seem too stuffy, style your hair with easy, breezy loose curls.

 

5. Go Sleek

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The risk with keeping long hair down is that you’ll touch or play with it during the interview. Or, if you wear lip gloss, it’s easy for strands to stick to your lips. That’s distracting! For a good solution, try a sleek, straight look and keep strands behind your shoulder. That way, the focus is on you, not your hair.

 

6. Side Bun It

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A side bun is a fun but tasteful way to add some spunk to your hairstyle. Whether you wear the bun wavy or braided, or straight and sleek, try a low side bun, situated just at the nape of your neck

 

7. Keep It Short (and Stylish)

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Gone are the days when the workplace called for a prim and proper look. Feel free to experiment with shorter styles, like the one pictured, that’s short on the side and a bit longer on the top. Not only is a short haircut a great solution to minimize maintenance and speed up your morning routine, but it also lends a unique, edgy appeal to your look.

 

8. Try Natural Waves

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If you have short hair and want to dress it up a bit, consider natural waves. This will add some body and style, without looking too over-the-top or over-done.

 

9. Rock Trendy Braids

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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.

 

10. Keep It Natural

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Are you tired of straightening your hair every day? Or, maybe a sleek bob feels too stuffy for you. Whatever your reasoning, it’s acceptable to adopt a more natural look, like the one above. Your hair doesn’t have to be perfectly straight or styled every day, just professional. What matters most, after all, is that you feel confident and comfortable in the workplace.

 

11. Loosen Up

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Loose waves are a beautiful way to add life to medium or long hair. Even just curling the ends and leaving the top straight can be a nice way to give your hair a more styled, polished appearance.

 

12. Choppy Bob

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Want to add some life to your straight, short hair? Chop it up, with spunky layers, and texture.

 

13. Try a Pretty Pixie

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The pixie cut is another great short cut, a universal classic for women of all ages and professions. It’s simple and easy to maintain, and suitable for all types of interviews and workplaces.

 

14. Wear It High (Class)

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The high bun is the perfect choice to get 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.

Expert tip: Placement is key. Find the top and center of your skull, then move a few inches down, so your bun sits halfway in between the top of your hairline and your eyebrows.

 

15. Shake Up Your Ponytail

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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.

 

16. Keep It Low Key, High Class

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Need a simple but stylish hairstyle for your next job interview? Pull your hair back with a smoothing cream, and twist into a low bun. This is a timeless look, perfect if you’re going for a classy, classic vibe.

 

17. What to Wear

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When you’re choosing a hairstyle for your interview, consider your interview attire and accessories. 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.