I agree completely with Kim the writer just before me. In saying that I would like to go into what might be acceptable and not acceptable:
1. While dreadlocks shouldn't prevent you from getting a job, you need to make sure your hair is clean and controlled no matter how you wear it. Remember that maintaining a professional image by carefully choosing what you wear, how much make-up you put on and if you tattoos are large and can be seen inappropriately.
2. Unnatural hair colors (pink green and blue) will be an issue for almost all employers. If you are applying for something in the arts area it might be ok, but not for the general professional world. If you have one of these colors you could always tone it down for the interviewing process, and make sure you know something about this company so you are prepared with the proper clothes, make-up, hair, shoes etc. After all ask yourself what is more important you hair color or a chance to land a job.
3. Personal expression is very empowering, but until you have landed a job with an employer who appreciates unique personal expression or you have become very successful it is best to stay more conservative and know a little bit more about the people in the company and how they see you.
4. Facial Piercings are distracting at best and against some company policies. If you have a tongue piercing that can be annoying to the interviewer.
5. Yes these answers might be somewhat prejudicial or discriminatory, but if you are looking for a job, it is up to you to try and be as prepared as you can to make a good impression and less about the color of your hair or whether it is curly or straight. For the interview you should follow these ideas suggested: Dress conservatively, hair neat and clean, practice answering interview questions with a friend, Research the company that you are interviewing with so that when it is your turn to ask questions you have some, make sure you have a good hand shake and very good eye contact with interviewer. Your personality will come out more when they ask you questions, so your job is to WOW them. Curly or straight is really doesn't matter as long as it is neat and clean for the interview and the color is more natural. Tattoos can be hidden and piecing can be left off for the interview.
Good luck with your job search and I hope you gained some insight into what interviewing is about.
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