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May 27, 2014

Can Baldness and Thinning Hair Hurt You in a Job Interview?

A recent article in the Atlantic Monthly (April, 14, 2014) suggested that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. Here's why, and what to do about it.

If you are experiencing hair loss, it is easy to let that fact make you self-conscious or insecure, which can affect your performance in both your interview and your job.

There are things you can do. According to a report by Fox News in Phoenix, Arizona, balding men (and women) are less likely to be selected for positions after job interviews than men with full heads of hair. And it doesn't stop there! As reported in an article for Business Insider, 63% of men report that hair loss has negatively affected their career.

But why? According to David Mackenna of National Hair Centers in Phoenix, Arizona, many people don't even realize that they have biases against bald or balding individuals. A possible explanation for this unconscious discrimination is that hair loss is often associated with aging. In our youth obsessed culture, signs of age can work against you.

May27 for-siteThe good news is that you can do something about it. Today's modern, state-of-the-art hair restoration and men's hair replacement techniques offered by MHN Hair Studio, the go to place that can make hair loss a distant memory in your professional and personal life. Many men and women report that hair replacement was one of the most significant events in their professional lives, with positive carry-over effects in their personal lives – including greater self-confidence and a more positive outlook on life.

When it comes time for the interview, express your personality in the interview. Do all of the standard preparation -- research the company and professional history of your interviewer, think of stories or examples for how you've dealt with situations similar to those that you may face in the position, and make sure you arrive early. But more than that, don't be afraid to show off your personality and what you can do.

How you dress can be as important a factor as your hair and how you present yourself. A polished professional look goes a long way to impress your interviewer, to make you stand out from other candidates, and to make you feel secure. 'Professional' does have to mean expensive. Your goal is to make sure that the interviewer can picture you as member of his or her team from the moment you walk in. Let your professionalism show through your appearance.

If you choose to make a personal investment in hair replacement, it is important to achieve as natural a look as possible. It may hurt you more in the process if you look like you are covering something up, creating just the opposite effect of what you desire. It is therefore important to seek out a hair replacement specialist you can trust, and with whom you feel comfortable, both technically and personally. This is an investment in yourself, and the goal is a totally natural, age-appropriate look, that is matched to not only your own hair, but your own lifestyle as well.

As you prepare for your all-important interview, an interview with a professional hair loss consultant at MHN Hair Studio can yield very long term results indeed.