How To Do You Hair For An Interview So That You Look Perfectly Polished — VIDEOS

When I had my first big job interview after college, I was totally terrified I would wear the wrong thing. After four years of a Nike shorts + T-shirt uniform, I wasn't used to dressing up for work. Luckily I used some grad money to stock up on some work-appropriate staples, but I also struggled with another problem. How do you do your hair for an interview?

I have long hair, so I knew I wanted to make sure my hair was sleek and straight and didn't distract me during the interview. And because I know I have a tendency to play with my hair when I'm nervous, I knew I'd have to pin it out of my face and avoid that.

If you know you have these nervous habits, a sleek, pulled back hairstyle could be your best bet. In general, save the bedhead looks and beachy waves for another day, and make sure your hair looks clean and polished. Beyond that, it's OK to show a little personality. A job interview is about your skills, not your looks, but it's always best to put your best foot forward.

Here are 11 hair tutorials that make for great interview 'dos, no matter what your style is.

1. Easier Than It Looks Updo

The Small Things Blog on YouTube

As someone who loves the look of an updo but gets intimidated by the process, I love this simple updo. It'll keep your hair totally out of the way.

2. Half Back Style

Howcast on YouTube

This style looks totally similar to something I would do. It's polished and professional, but it's not too different from the way I normally do my hair.

3. Sleek Straight Hair

EMAN on YouTube

This style is simple, but it still allows you to wear your hair down.

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4. Sleek Low Bun

FusionofCultures on YouTube

This simple style is so chic, and it's the perfect way to show off a chic necklace.

5. Three Quick Ponytails

Bebexo on YouTube

Spend too much time getting ready for the interview and now you're running late? These ponytails won't take long.

6. Twist Ponytail

speakingofhair on YouTube

Another ponytail tutorial, but this one has a chic twist.

7. Sleek Center Part

Deisy Alfaro on YouTube

A center part is a bold look, but this one is chic enough to wear with a blazer and heels.

8. Interview Ponytail

All Things Hair Canada - A Unilever Channel on YouTube

Feel most comfortable in a ponytail? This look is really simple, but some extra details make it interview-appropriate.

9. Short Half Up Style

Kayley Melissa on YouTube

Shorter hair can fall in your face easily (especially if you have bangs), so this style will stop that from happening.

10. Twist Back Bangs

Pantene UK on YouTube

If you have bangs, it can sometimes be best to pull them back during an interview. It'll stop them from getting greasy, and you won't be tempted to play with them during the interview.

11. Office Hair

Lauren Curtis on YouTube

If you want to wear your bangs down but your hair back, this style is perfect.

Although your hair obviously isn't the most important part of a job interview, these styles will make you look and feel your best.

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