So, what's the veredict on men with long hair on interviews?

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I've read a couple of threads on the issue and remain unconvinced.

I have straight shoulder-length hair. No wierd colors or hair styles.

Do I really need to cut a year's worth of my beloved hair for interviews? I am able to tie a really neat bun on the back and add some hair product to make it look extra sharp. Would that be enough? Or is the general consensus to just cut it?
 

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I personally would say cut it, because you never know if someone is going to have a negative reaction to it, even if it is neatly tied into a bun. I know a few people who'd prematurely judge...and even if that's not okay, it exists.
 

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Long hair in a traditional professional setting such as academic medicine seems highly inappropriate.
 
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Just google "med students X school" and see how many gentlemen there are wth long hair. Almost none. Interpret as you will.

IMO, the man bun looks weird and makes one look like they're more suited to writing poetry about their totally spiritual backpacking trek through Thailand.
 

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There are a handful of guys in my class with long hair and/or man buns. I'm not sure if any of them had long hair for their interviews though.
 
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Long hair in a traditional professional setting such as academic medicine seems highly inappropriate.
Just remembered this n=1, my dad has curly long hair to the shoulders and he dresses like mad max filmed in india, and he is the chairman of radiology. He definitely did not have long hair before he got the job though...
 

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I've always prided myself in showing up early to an interview and dressing in a tailored suit with a nice Pommade comb-over and black rimmed Ray-Ban glasses. I don't think it's a coincidence that I've gotten every job I've ever applied for.

If someone showed up to an interview with a man bun I would direct them to the nearest rock climbing gym and tell them to have a nice day. You work your whole life for this moment and you show up to a medical school interview with a man bun? Idiocy.

This is coming from someone who occasionally sports a mohawk and likes to skateboard and choke people for fun..

There's a time and place for everything.
 

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I've always prided myself in showing up early to an interview and dressing in a tailored suit with a nice Pommade comb-over and black rimmed Ray-Ban glasses. I don't think it's a coincidence that I've gotten every job I've ever applied for.

If someone showed up to an interview with a man bun I would direct them to the nearest rock climbing gym and tell them to have a nice day. You work your whole life for this moment and you show up to a medical school interview with a man bun? Idiocy.

This is coming from someone who occasionally sports a mohawk and likes to skateboard and choke people for fun..

There's a time and place for everything.
Respect. /Duke Nukem style
 

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I happen to know someone who was recently accepted into a top 20 with a mullet, as well as a physician whose classmate (also at a top 20) showed up to his interview in t-shirt and jeans. However, both had incredibly compelling life stories/personalities. You may be able to pull it off, but be 110% sure your assets will overshadow your appearance.
 
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I happen to know someone who was recently accepted into a top 20 with a mullet, as well as a physician whose classmate (also at a top 20) showed up to his interview in t-shirt and jeans. However, both had incredibly compelling life stories/personalities. You may be able to pull it off, but be 110% sure your assets will overshadow your appearance.
I've seen folks show up in a serape and sombrero, Olympic figure skating suit and worse. I cannot recommend this under any circumstance, though. We are also evaluating judgement.
 

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I've seen folks show up in a serape and sombrero..... I cannot recommend this under any circumstance, though.
:( there goes my ultimate interview attire. Kinda sad, since I love it.

 

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I've seen folks show up in a serape and sombrero, Olympic figure skating suit and worse. I cannot recommend this under any circumstance, though. We are also evaluating judgement.
You know that feeling in movies or books when the characters talk about something infinitely cooler than whatever is going on at the moment and you think: "Wow, I wish we were watching/reading that instead of this boring conversation". That's how I feel when you post stuff like this lol, I hope a comprehensive "Gyngyn tells stories around a campfire" thread is one day a reality.
 

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True story passed on to me by a long-time physician from 30 years ago. Sitting in a large office waiting area along with the 20-30 other nicely dressed applicants for medical school interviews, suddenly two guys in dirty tee shirts, grimy shorts, and disheveled appearance walk in. Room falls silent. Turns out they had flown in the day before, dropped off their luggage in the hotel to enjoy New York, came back late and EVERYTHING was gone. Entire suitcases just stolen. Interviewed looking like down on their luck beach bums. One of them got in.
 
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Soo....what's everyones thoughts on claiming "my suitcase got stolen and this is why I showed up in jeans" just to make yourself stand out from the get-go? Could go very well or very badly I'm assuming.
I like the way you think.
 

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This happens like maybe 1-2 a decade at my school.

Soo....what's everyones thoughts on claiming "my suitcase got stolen and this is why I showed up in jeans" just to make yourself stand out from the get-go? Could go very well or very badly I'm assuming.
 

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My dad interviewed for U Miami with a tri-colored pony tail and got in... but that was in 1971
There were schools in the late 1970s and 1980s that you be rejected seemingly for interviewing in something other than a dark single breasted suit and short hair
 
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Here's an idea: Building an outfit is now part of the interview. Everyone comes in casual clothes and they have a huge closet full of professional options and you have to make an outfit out of it 1 hr before you interview. No one is forced to buy professional clothing and interviews can become even more of a circus, everybody wins.

Would you want a physician who would match scuba blue Uomo pants with a Royal Navy Versace jacket? I know I wouldn't.
 

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Here's an idea: Building an outfit is now part of the interview. Everyone comes in casual clothes and they have a huge closet full of professional options and you have to make an outfit out of it 1 hr before you interview. No one is forced to buy professional clothing and interviews can become even more of a circus, everybody wins.

Would you want a physician who would match scuba blue Uomo pants with a Royal Navy Versace jacket? I know I wouldn't.
All applicants should be dressed in scrubs, gowns and masks
 

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All applicants should be dressed in scrubs, gowns and masks
I've been saying this for years! I'd love to escort the whole lot of them to the locker room and direct them to a cart. Have at it. Change back into your clothes at the end of the day. Evens the playing field.

And let's not forget booties over the shoes.
 

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Soo....what's everyones thoughts on claiming "my suitcase got stolen and this is why I showed up in jeans" just to make yourself stand out from the get-go? Could go very well or very badly I'm assuming.
It's not an excuse.

There was a girl on one of my interview days who lost her luggage on the flight. After an emergency late night trip to walmart, she still showed in some form of professional clothes, even if it wasn't a suit. I'm sure ADCOM's appreciated the gesture.
 

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It's not an excuse.

There was a girl on one of my interview days who lost her luggage on the flight. After an emergency late night trip to walmart, she still showed in some form of professional clothes, even if it wasn't a suit. I'm sure ADCOM's appreciated the gesture.
It was probably harder to find an open retailer who might be selling some quasi-professional clothing at 11 PM in 1985 than in 2015.
 
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I've been saying this for years! I'd love to escort the whole lot of them to the locker room and direct them to a cart. Have at it. Change back into your clothes at the end of the day. Evens the playing field.

And let's not forget booties over the shoes.
Also, you have to include the scrub hats so that people with fabulous hair can't show it off.
 

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Also, you have to include the scrub hats so that people with fabulous hair can't show it off.
And it will serve to keep the hair out of their eyes!

(I am turning into my grandmother!)
 

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I've read a couple of threads on the issue and remain unconvinced.

I have straight shoulder-length hair. No wierd colors or hair styles.

Do I really need to cut a year's worth of my beloved hair for interviews? I am able to tie a really neat bun on the back and add some hair product to make it look extra sharp. Would that be enough? Or is the general consensus to just cut it?

I don't have an opinion for interviews...but as a woman I have to say I like a good man bun!
 
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I have a buddy that just finished his residency. He had short hair going into med school, grew a rat tail during med school...then just grew it long all the way.
It was never exactly neat. He looked very disheveled at his wedding. But he got a residency with that style.
Finally cut it this year. Anyway.
 
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