A reader writes:
I am currently looking for employment in the fields of engineering and mathematics.
I am educated, well spoken, well presented, male and I have facial hair. This is not “stylish stubble” or due to laziness; it’s a full beard.
What are your (and your readers’) thoughts on beards at the point of interview? I appreciate it is “cleaner” to be freshly-shaven, but I (and my wife) like my facial hair and (especially this time of year), I would like to keep it.
I suspect that your reply may close with the note that if a company were to reject me due to my facial hair, perhaps that isn’t the company for me but this does not apply – I need to find employment as soon as possible.
I’ve become predictable apparently, because yeah, that’s what I was going to say. So I’m glad you preemptively told me that that’s irrelevant here.
Assuming your beard is neatly trimmed and not some sort of ZZ Top style monstrosity, I think this is unlikely to be an issue. Can I promise that you won’t encounter a hiring manager with an irrational bias against beards? No, just like I can’t promise that you won’t encounter a hiring manager with an irrational bias against tall people or people with throaty laughs. But overall, in the vast majority of industries, a neatly trimmed beard isn’t likely to be an issue.