How To Wear Hair For An Interview

When you are going to an interview it is very important to turn up looking smart and fresh, because first impressions count. You want your potential employers to look at you and think that you present yourself well before you even say a word.

First impressions and how you look are a very big part of the interview process, and it is as important to look presentable as it is the answers you give.

Even if you are dressed in the right clothes with the right shoes and the right attitude, but your hair is untidy, the interviewer may view you as sloppy. The better that your appearance is, the more enthusiastic an employer will be to talk to you and potentially end up hiring you.

Walking into an interview looking well-kept and professional will help you secure that job. So, we have put together some top tips on how to style and wear your hair if you have an important interview coming up.

From tips for long hair to a pixie cut we have got you covered, so carry on reading!

Straight And Sleek

For an easy and quick way to look put together, try straightening your hair. This is an almost effortless way to make yourself look more presentable and to make your hair look smarter and in control.

The sleekness and simplicity of this style will complement almost any hair type and pair well with any outfit. Keep a hairbrush with you to brush out any tangles before your interview begins.

If you are not good with fiddly intricate hairstyles or curling your hair then this is a super-easy way for you to style your hair that will leave a good impression!

Styles Bun, Ponytail, Braid

If you have long hair, you may find that it can often get in the way or cause distraction which of course, is not desirable during an interview. Long hair is also prone to get tangled and it can be hard to keep it tamed.

When you are going to an interview why not try a hairstyle that pulls the hair away from your face. This could be a bun, ponytail, or braid for example. These hairstyles will help to keep the hair from swallowing you up and create a more professional and sleek look.

These styles will not only make you look more professional but they are also comfortable to wear, and it is always important to be comfortable during an interview.

Natural Curls

If your hair is naturally curly why not leave it in its most natural shape? Curly hair is an effortless way to dress up your appearance and shows that you look after yourself.

Embrace your natural hair and use protective serums to smooth any flyaways for a fun but still professional look to wear to your interview. If your hair isn’t naturally curly you could use a hot iron to curl your hair or try some overnight no-heat methods for effortless curls the next day.

Loose Waves

To add a bit of texture to your hair, sleep in braids the night before. Take them out in the morning and smooth frizz with protective hair serums and spray.  Loose waves provide an easy way to style your hair that requires little effort but looks amazing.

This is another style that is perfect if you are not good with hairstyles and instead find it easier to wear your hair down.


For a style that will frame your face, cut your hair into a bob shape. Don’t actually cut it yourself (unless you are a hairdresser), but the next time you go to the salon ask for a bob cut.

This chic and underrated style perfectly frames any face shape and needs little to no effort to style it. So, even though it creates a sleek and formal look, little time is needed to actually style it before the interview, saving you time to prepare for the interview itself. 

Crisp Pixie Cut

If you have or want short hair try a pixie cut. This cute and fun style is almost whimsical yet can still be made to look professional. Simply use gel and other hair products to style the hair in a way that will accentuate your features and complement the way you look.

Having short hair also has the advantage that it won’t get in the way of what you are doing or cause any distraction.


A fun way to switch up your appearance is to change the parting of your hair. Most of us will have either a middle or side parting, so whichever you’ve got, switch it to the opposite.

This is an easy way to change your hair to make yourself feel good so that you feel good in the interview. It is the little things that will make a difference. This is also perfect for someone who is unsure of what they want to do with their hair and who doesn’t want to make any permanent changes. 

Low Buns And Ponytails

If you find that when you wear your hair up in a high bun or ponytail it causes your head to ache, then try a low version of the style instead. This puts less pressure on your scalp but still looks elegant and professional and is a great way to style your hair when going to an interview.

You could even try experimenting with a low bun to one side to switch up your look without taking away from how professional you look. Use hair spray or gel to hold back any loose flyaway hair for a sleek and easy look that works with most hair types and lengths.

Styling Products

With any of the hairstyles that we have mentioned it is important to also use styling products. These products will help to keep the hair in place, which is one less thing to worry about during your interview. Use hair serums, sprays, or gel to keep your hair looking nice and tidy.

Top Tips

When going to an interview keep a hairbrush in your bag so you can easily fix your hair just before you go in. It is also worth bringing your hair products in case you need to touch your hair up, and also to bring spare hair elastics and clips. It is better to be over prepared than underprepared after all!

Jamie Willis
Career Specialist at BecomeopediaHi, my name is Jamie Willis, and I have been helping students find their perfect internships and education paths for the last ten years. It is a passion of mine, and there really is nothing better than seeing students of mine succeed with further studies.

3 thoughts on “How To Wear Hair For An Interview

  1. Chloe Bradford says:

    Wearing hair neatly and professionally for an interview reflects attention to detail and shows respect for the opportunity, making an excellent first impression.

  2. Kenneth Galvan says:

    A polished and appropriate hairstyle boosts your self-confidence, helping you feel your best during the interview and increasing your chances of success.

  3. Janice Farrell says:

    If you choose to style your hair down, ensure it’s tidy and not obstructing your face or vision, demonstrating your readiness and sustainability for the role.

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