Appearance at interviews

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  1. TeacherWhoRuns

    TeacherWhoRuns Rookie

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    So here's a question.
    I've been on temporary contracts for the last three years. Although I've been hired back at my same position each time, I still apply at various places and go through interviews.
    I want to do a fantasy hair color over the summer. I'd never do it during the school year because of the distraction. If I have a band-aid on or a piece of jewelry that I've never worn before, my students can't focus on anything else. I got new glasses this year and for weeks all they wanted to talk about was why I changed my glasses. So, the summer seems like a good time to do something fun like purple hair. But, it's also interview season. I'm wondering how badly it might hurt me. Obviously I'd go back to a conservative color to go back to school, but I'm not sure explaining that would convince an interview panel. On the other hand, maybe people are more liberal than I'm expecting. We have a lot of teachers with visible tattoos these days, but most of them are permanent contracts and not in danger of losing their jobs over such things.
    Thoughts?
     
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  3. MrsC

    MrsC Multitudinous

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    Here, it wouldn't be an issue at all--even during the school year. I certainly can't speak for other areas, however.
     
  4. teacherintexas

    teacherintexas Phenom

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    If you are interviewing, keep a naturally occurring hair color. That can wait until another summer.
     
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    Agree, because you don't want something stupid like that to be in the back of your mind on why you didn't land a job.
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    This
     
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    It can be a really big deal for some interviewers. I know where I am all teachers must have a hair color that is naturally in nature (blond, black, brown, or red). I would leave the hair dying until another summer. OR, get a fabulous wig in your natural hair color.
     
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    I'm in a liberal area and I think it could have an impact on interviews here. I'm not saying it would knock you right out of the running, but it might be a factor. I personally wouldn't risk it.
     
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    You want to look professional in your interviews, not like one of the students.
     
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    If you wanna do piercings or wacky hair colors, do it after you get hired. DO NOT wear such attire during job interviews. Hiring panels are very conservative by nature. They're not going to hire someone to represent their school with purple hair. Don't get me wrong, I think it's cool, but I'm sure they wouldn't.
     
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    i wouldn't do it in this area.
     
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    I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that you have a 5x7 picture of your appearance (hair color) with students, and then the same for you appearance when you "let your hair down" over the summer when you are de-stressing. I, personally, would appreciate the sly sense of humor, and your way of showing that the school you and summer you are affected by your desire to do what is right for the kids at all times. That sends a message that you appreciate and follow norms because you want to be an asset, not a distraction, for your students.

    Best of luck!
     

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