It’s physical appearance week here at Ask a Manager! A reader writes:
I am a 43-year-old woman getting back into the job market after nearly 10 years away raising kids. This is not the best time to be hunting, but it is what it is.
My question seems rather superficial in comparison to others asked of you. I have been growing increasingly gray over the past year, so much that my siblings and friends comment on it. I’m rather short, so pretty much everyone can see it. My question is: does this matter to the average interviewer? If an equally qualified and not gray-haired person and I were vying for a job, would the other get it? Does having one’s hair colored make one look more professional or put together? It’s a big commitment to get your hair professionally done on a regular basis, and I’d like to get some opinions before I make the decision.
I don’t think it really matters. Sure, you may find an interviewer here or there who cares, but you may also find some (like me) who think it’s a plus to hire more seasoned people, which gray hair may imply you are, so the two groups likely balance each other out.
I think you should handle your gray however you personally want to.