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PittsburghKid
09-26-2005, 11:07 PM
(For the BI's and others who do interviews on recruits)

Just curious on this one and this might sound stupid or a goofy question, but what would you look for hairstyle-wise from a guy during interviews?? What I mean is, would you frown on someone if they showed up with spikey hair (not the gothic spikes but conservative spike), or the "messed up hollywood type look" if they showed up to an interview for Oral or BI?? Or would you rather the Godfather slicked back look or close cut faded on the sides and short on top?? Or does it not matter at all?? Reason I ask is because I style mine about 4 different ways and wouldnt want to show up with something that they might take note of and it hurt me. Ive slicked it back for most of my interviews though Im not a fan of it, but since Ive grown my hair out Ive had a wilder messed up spikey type all around on my head and a lot of people really like it, but not sure if it is appropriate for interviews. I know this question sounds goofy, but I had to ask it. :rolleyes:

PittsburghKid

CarCop
09-27-2005, 03:30 AM
Ok ... I can't resist! Kid, and I mean this as humorously as possible, YOU HAVE ISSUES. just wear your hair in a clean, professional manner. Don't try to be "hip, cool, or gansta" just comb it neetly and be done with it. You will not get points for the dew, but if you wear it all messy and spiked you will certainly be remembered ........ but not in a good way. :rolleyes:

PittsburghKid
09-27-2005, 10:24 AM
LOL :D I had to ask though, because I seen some people get pretty far in the process with those styles so I wasnt sure what the thinking was there. Ive always wore mine conservative, as Ive said and will continue to. It was just bugging me and had to ask. :cool:

PittsburghKid

pigpen
09-28-2005, 04:45 PM
Ill throw a variation on this question. What if the applicant is undercover with a department and is going for an interview with a different dept? The undercover role often requires a less than conventional appearance and might include long hair, beard etc. Would you shave and get a haircut for the interview for the new department or would you explain that youre under at the moment and the 'look' is part of your assignment?

gotthblues
09-28-2005, 05:05 PM
leave it the way it is, that one is easily explained.

ZackDarnell
09-29-2005, 06:07 PM
One of the aspects of a police career that I truly hate. You have to fit a certain prototypical style in regards to your haircut and your facial hair. There is no room for the noncomformist who prefers a beard or something besides the boring "high and tight" haircut.

pkagel
09-29-2005, 06:10 PM
Yea, I'm sure an officer w/ a rainbow mohawk would get a lot of respect. Heck, let's let them paint their patrol cars whatever color they want too :rolleyes:

ZackDarnell
09-29-2005, 08:10 PM
Yea, I'm sure an officer w/ a rainbow mohawk would get a lot of respect. Heck, let's let them paint their patrol cars whatever color they want too :rolleyes:


Now there's an idea that's "truly outside the box." But you're making logical leaps and bounds! Why not permit a clean goatee, and a stylish Calvin Klein haircut? All officers should be required to wear some "Escape For Men." He should feel free to put some mousse in his hair and spike it, he should feel free to let it grow longer than 5 millimeters. Pal, What you suggested is beyond ridiculous.

gotthblues
09-29-2005, 08:25 PM
if you are worried about being on the cover of GQ, go be a model,

long hair- bad idea, *get in a fight, someone grabs your hair, then your body follows*

facial hair- bad idea, one, i never saw a guy in a pressed suit with a bush on his head and face and thought, "he looks squared away, i bet he knows his stuff" and there have also been studies and surveys that a large % of the public *domestic and forgein* see facial hair = they see a deceptive person, thus another factor for no GQ butt hair on the face. *this is from a kenesics and behavior class that i attended last yr* (so take it for what's worth)

and, well not saying that this is "politically correct" but, if you have A- officer on the stand who is clear cut and then you have B- arrested terd who looks llike a rag muffin, who *more often than not* is going to "appear" more believable.

pkagel
09-29-2005, 08:27 PM
I guess I'm just a little too old and have a few too many years of military service behind me. I think when you become a civil servant you have to be held to a higher standard, whether it be the meter reader on the street, a postman, firefighter or an officer. You set the standard that others should strive for. If you have a huge gut and it rolls over your sam browne then you look just as bad as the guy with the funy hair and beard. Standards need to be raised, not lowered.

e-man
09-29-2005, 08:32 PM
I tried to write my haircuts off on my taxes one year. I mean it IS a job requirement and it costs about 150 bucks a year or more to keep my hair shoirt and neat. My acct. said "Uh, No fu#$%n way" :D

ZackDarnell
09-29-2005, 08:32 PM
and, well not saying that this is "politically correct" but, if you have A- officer on the stand who is clear cut and then you have B- arrested terd who looks llike a rag muffin, who *more often than not* is going to "appear" more believable.

It's strange how society places a negative stigma on an individual who decides to grow strands of hair from the chin. It was actually the norm back in the day...until the advent of razor blades, and stale and stodgy human resource workers.

gotthblues
09-29-2005, 08:35 PM
It's strange how society places a negative stigma on an individual who decides to grow strands of hair from the chin. It was actually the norm back in the day...until the advent of razor blades, and stale and stodgy human resource workers.
didnt say it was right, just the way it is. by the way, i'm all for clean appearance.

gotthblues
09-29-2005, 08:36 PM
I tried to write my haircuts off on my taxes one year. I mean it IS a job requirement and it costs about 150 bucks a year or more to keep my hair shoirt and neat. My acct. said "Uh, No fu#$%n way" :D
thats a dang good idea,,,i dont see why it wouldnt work.

ZackDarnell
09-29-2005, 08:36 PM
If you have a huge gut and it rolls over your sam browne then you look just as bad as the guy with the funy hair and beard. Standards need to be raised, not lowered.

Do police departments disregard physical training standards after the completion of the academy and the hiring of an officer? I've seen many physically fit officers, followed by some with rolls visible underneath their shirt. Sadly, more respect is given to those without the rolls. (Goes underneath desk and begins to weep.)

pkagel
09-29-2005, 08:38 PM
Pair of clippers costs about me about 15 bucks and I let the wife do the cutting. No worries. When she is unavailable I cut it myself and usually do a half decent job of it.

pkagel
09-29-2005, 08:41 PM
Sadly, many do. I for one couldn't imagine being fat and in a foot pursuit. I think they should all have similar standards to that of the military. Nobody should have to be an Adonis to be an officer but you should have to look presentable in uniform.

I think you made my point though with your respect for fit officers vs fat ones. Same thing goes for an officer who looks like he should be surfing rather than policing.


Do police departments disregard physical training standards after the completion of the academy and the hiring of an officer? I've seen many physically fit officers, followed by some with rolls visible underneath their shirt. Sadly, more respect is given to those without the rolls. (Goes underneath desk and begins to weep.)

e-man
09-29-2005, 08:47 PM
I am all for allowing a goatee or some facial hair, I like it and the wife rally likes it BUT on that same page it is not part of MY departments rules and regs and most places wont ever go for it. I need a week vacation to get the goatee going again...As far as the gut, it creeps up on you if you have a million other things in life. Small gut here if your wondering :rolleyes:

jfoote85
09-30-2005, 04:00 AM
I think it really sucks that they do not allow people to have goatees. Everyone in my family was against me for having to cut my goatee off, oh well I can still push the envelope with my sideburns, keep em as far down my cheeks as I can, having heard any negative things from the brass yet so I can't complain :-). I think it's stupid how a mustache is considered appropriate and a goatee is not. To me a goatee looks way better than a mustache, no hair hanging over your top lip. But I wasn't really around in the 70's and 80's so I guess I missed a lot. One thing about police work I will never agree with, oh well. All I can say is push the envelope as much as you can, don't change who you are completely to impress people, I haven't, and I did just fine. . .

airbrne74
10-02-2005, 04:11 PM
Ok ... You will not get points for the dew, but if you wear it all messy and spiked you will certainly be remembered ........ but not in a good way. :rolleyes:

Im in the middle of switching to another agency. I went and took the PT test and I noticed that I was one of two hispanic males applying for the job. I still wear the high and tight (prior service) and most people guess that I was in the military.......but this other guy shows up with an earring in his eyebrow and gold teeth! The recruiter (visibly upset) walks up to him and politely asks him to take it off. As he was ready to walk away he turned back to the hispanic applicant and tells him that he just doesnt want him to fall on his face or risk any other injuries because of the earring. A few of us smirked and thought it was hilariuous but what I was really thinking was..... disbelief that the guy even showed looking like that.

Later..... those that passed the PT were scheduled for the initial interview. The recruiter went into a long speech about how you need to market yourself and have common sense when applying for a job. WEAR SHIRT AND TIE...SUIT preferably and ABSOLUTELY NO EARRING ON YOUR FACE OR GOLD TEETH. The embarrassing part was that when I was getting ready to leave some LT came to me and congratulated me for doing such a good job at the PT test then I guess he was confused and calls me by the other hispanic males name!!!! I quickly corrected him before it was thought that I was the one who showed up looking like a complete fool! Needless to say this other paisano is no longer in the process. He was escorted out of the waiting room after his prints came back. Nothing was ever said but it doesnt take a genius to figure out that he had warrants.

Kyia
10-02-2005, 06:02 PM
Let me ask you a question. How do you plan to wear your hair if you would get this position?? Wear it like that to your interview. But I think you should cut it that it isn't touching your collar and be neat in appearance. I am not saying you should get a high and tight, but it should be short enough that you don't have to put gel in it to keep it off your eyes. Short is best in my opinion.

Kyia
10-02-2005, 06:03 PM
Oh, and if you have facial hair.... I would only have a mustache and make sure it does not extend past the lip and is trimmed neat.

karpaasi
10-02-2005, 11:20 PM
Funny topic...let me start by saying that I have had a beard for the past five years. Loved it. Easy to take care of, the future wife likes it, looks rugged, etc. However, recently when I started to apply to be an LEO, not only did all my facial hair come off, but I went to a nice high and tight haircut. I believe that you've got to put your best foot forward. It's a small sacrifice if this is the career you want to be in.

Recently I've been to two recruiting open houses. One at a PD and one at the trooper district office. There were a total of about 30 folks in both open houses. Three, only three folks even wore a suit. There may have been a few more folks in business casual. Lots of folks in jeans, shorts, long t-shirts, scruffy faces, big old fake diamond earrings, etc. Although there was no official dress code for the open houses, why not put your best foot forward from the beginning...

I was watching an old Cops show the other night, and some department in Florida had guys with goatees and beards. The facial hair seemed out of place.

I already know that when I retire I'll go back to a beard, but I believe in the professionalism (appearance and otherwise) that goes along with serving the public as an LEO. My .02 cents.

PittsburghKid
10-03-2005, 12:02 PM
Interesting how well this topic took off. Thanks to all who have given input. I guess Im gonna have to get rid of the white gold with diamonds teeth, and the chain that hangs down to my crotch and bangs off everything :p :D
:( :p , just kidding. I was just curious as to others thoughts. Personally, Ive always have a close haircut with it slid back on top, but it tends to curl a bit. Only recently it has grown out and some have said it resembles the "Growing Up Gotti" look. :eek: Not sure if I agree though it kinda does, but you get the idea. I dont wear it like that to interviews. And I completly shave the mustache /gotee combo before them as well. Thanks again guys, everything is appreciated.

PittsburghKid