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Friday, December 18, 2009

Interview Hair

I had an interview recently but didn't get the job. I thought, but only for a second well 10 minutes, about my hair. I pulled it in a bun per the recommendation of some close friends with locks. I am glad I did. Here is how it turned out.


I have been trying to convince myself ever since that I did not get that job because it was not for me and that they chose the right people for that position giving me a better opportunity somewhere else. I do wonder though, just a tad, if my hair were straight would the outcome have been different. Afterall, they told me that I would fit in so many places there...

7 comments:

Coco Pebb said...

Sophia- The reality is, that yes, in 2009 and right on into 2010, people will pre-judge, based solely on what they see. Maybe straight hair would have swayed them in your direction, or lighter skin? white skin? blond hair? different gender?

Who knows what drives people to do what they do. We can't change who they are and so it would be futile to change who WE are. And even if changing ourselves would make a difference, how many of us would actually do so? I wonder..

WonderWoman said...

Your hair is gorgeous. If mine looked half as good, I would be thrilled. I love my sisterlocked hair; no one can say anything that will make me think differently. My husband (Hispanic) runs his hand through my locks often. He didn't use to do that with my perm. I think that others will learn to appreciate us when they see that we appreciate ourselves. I love when curious eyes gloss over my hair. That lets me know that my hair stands out. My thing is, if you don't like my natural hair TAKE IT UP WITH THE CREATOR.

Naturalhair said...

Sophia, I will share something with you that I learned in a mock interview. The lady I did the mock interview with was former VP at ADP and she is white. Yes her race does matter in this story. She gave e feedback about my interview skills and asked her if I had any questions. I did have one question and it was about my hair. At that my time my hair was longer then it is now. I wore it in a spikey type afrowith twist. I asked if I interviewed with you for a real job would my hair play a factor in the decision to hire me. She said no because I am interested in your ability not your hair. Besides she said she liked. But she did admit that she does know some black managers who would hold it against me and she said it didn't make sense to her. I appreciated the input but I did cut my hair a month because I was worried about future interviews. I regret the decision.

Brown ButtahFly said...

Love the bun, very elegant.

It would be sad if they didn't hier you just because of your hair.

I like to look at the situation from a different point of view. Like you said you didn't get the job because God has another and better blessing for you. So be patient and stay humble.

Take Care

OnyxCherry said...

One time I didn't a job because I wasn't an "athletic male". That quote had human resource issue written all over it. If that didn't happen then I wouldn't be in the happy career situation I'm in now. Don't waste time on what ifs, everything happens for a reason.

Naturally Sophia said...

Thank you all! I appreciate having different perspectives on the matter.

Maryee said...

I think your interview hair is cute and professional. In this day and age, if you have the skills they need and look professional, you should get the job!