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Most of us spend the majority of our time awake working which can make job interviews incredibly stressful. Knowing the gravity of the situation, it’s no surprise that you might be wondering if it’s okay to have a beard when you walk in to meet a recruiter or CEO for the first time. There are a few factors that go into whether or not this would be acceptable including the job you’re interviewing for, how well-maintained your beard is, and whether or not you plan on addressing the beard in the interview itself.

It Depends On The Job

If you’re planning on getting your hands dirty on a job site, getting under the hood of a car, or working for a company that sells beard products then you’re more than likely good to go on the bearded interview.

On the flip side of the coin, if you’re applying for a job that involves a great deal of face to face interactions with clients or partners then you have to keep in mind you’re representing the company in those meetings. At this point, it becomes an issue of company image and if the big dogs want you to be clean-shaven, then they might ask that of you.

At the end of the day, you have to decide whether or not your beard is worth losing a job to a candidate with a clean-shaven face and the exact same resume as you.

Keep It Maintained

We’re massive proponents of keeping your beard well-groomed and when it comes to shaking the hand of a recruiter at an interview, even more so. First impressions count and if you walk in with a mangy and dried out beard littered with flyaways and Cheeto dust, it’s not going to be a good one. Using a straight razor to clean up the edges, some beard jelly to keep it hydrated, and pomade to tame that beast is the least you can do as you prepare to head into the interview room.

Bonus Tips #1: Take multiple copies of your resume with you.

Bonus Tip #2: The Bossman 4-Stage Beard Care Morning Routine is the perfect way to make sure your beard is looking as healthy and well-maintained as possible.

Address The Beard

The best way to make sure your recruiter knows you mean business is to address the beard. This doesn’t mean you have to be super serious about it and say something along the lines of, “I would like to point out the fact that I have a beard.” A better way to go would be bringing some humor into the room with something more like “Now, although I do love this marvelous chin masterpiece, I would be willing to work with you on presentation.” and even follow it up with “I just needed to come in here with it to show you what I’m capable of if we’re ever in need of a powerful looking bearded fellow.”

Interviewing can be, and often is, an incredibly stressful process. A little extra preparation and mock interviewing can help ease those nerves and have you strutting up to the big meeting with confidence. Shake that hand firmly, make eye contact, and put your best beard forward.

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