When I first went natural, I didn’t really think nothing of it as it pertains to my current job because they are pretty open and accepting of different cultures. But as I prepare to graduate from college and embark on my career I must participate in interviews with many companies…with no insight into their corporate culture. So as a natural, how do you wear your hair to an interview?!
An interview is a potential employers first impression of you!
Well, I’ll be honest, my very first interview I was nervous…nervous about how the interviewer would react to my hair if I wore a fro and nervous that they wouldn’t be able to get past my hair to see my potential! So I did what any nervous person would do…i assimilated! lol
I set my hair on rollers the night before and then in the morning I brushed and slicked it down. During the interview I was so uncomfortable…one because I was worried my hair was coiling back up and two because I wasn’t the true ME! As soon as I got home that night, I shampooed my hair and embraced my fro…vowing never to assimilate again!
And since that first interview, I have had 6 other interviews…and I wore my hair in my fro! I went in with confidence because I was myself..fro and all! And guess what…I have gotten 4 job offers and 2 callbacks for second-round interviews!
So my suggestion to any naturals interviewing and looking for jobs is to be yourself…why wear a wig to an interview only to come in on your first day of work with your fro?! An interview is a two-way street, so just as the interviewer needs to know if you’d be a good fit..you should make sure your accepted as you are!