5 Interview-worthy formal hairstyles for medium hair

Make the right first impression with one of these amazing looks!

We all know that first impressions count – and that statement is especially true when it comes to job interviews. Not only do you have to demonstrate the skills, knowledge and ability to excel in the job role you’re applying for, but you also need to look the part. You may have the ideal outfit picked out, your style of make-up ready to go, but the sheer number of formal hairstyles to choose from has left you stumped. Just what is a boss woman to do?

But don’t let this fluster you, because we’ve got everything sorted. All you have to do is check out our list of 5 interview-worthy formal hairstyles for medium hair – they’ll allow you to put your best foot forward with style and confidence, helping you to nail your dream job!

Our 5 favourite interview-worthy formal hairstyles for medium hair


Formal hairstyles: ponytail on medium length hair
Interview-worthy formal hairstyles for medium hair: The ponytail


The key to mastering interview-ready hair is to wear your tresses as comfortably as possible. After all, the last thing you need on your interview day is a migraine-inducing updo, right? So, why not leave the tight ‘dos for another day and opt for a neat, slicked back ponytail? This look is a simple, yet effective way to keep your hair off your face and neck, so you don’t have to worry about any annoying stray strands.

Editors tip: To tame flyaways, we’d recommend applying a healthy dose of hairspray, like the VO5 Sublime Sleek Creation Hairspray (£3.99*). The formula boasts a lightweight, ultra-brushable technology – meaning this amazing hairspray will smooth your tresses while also giving them a lovely, shiny finish.

Formal hairstyles: dark medium length hair
Interview-worthy formal hairstyles for medium hair: Lovely layers. Credit: Indigitalimages.com


Of course, if you like to wear your hair down, adding layers to medium length hair is a great way to add movement, texture and shape. It’s also a great way to take the weight out of your hair, so that your locks automatically look a little more polished, neat and tidy. Face framing layers will also help to accentuate your smile and eyes, giving you a brighter and more alert appearance!

Formal hairstyles: low knot bun medium hair
Interview-worthy formal hairstyles for medium hair: Low bun. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

Low bun

Figuring out how to wear your hair for a job interview is an issue that many of us struggle with – but it needn’t be this way. There are a number of practical and easy-to-achieve hairstyles that will ensure that you look smart, professional and stylish on the day of that all important interview.

And we have to say, nothing screams practicality and elegance more than a low bun. Not only is a low bun super chic, but it’s also perfect for keeping your hair off your neck and face, as well as being super easy to achieve on medium length hair. Honestly, if this ‘do doesn’t get you that job, we don’t know what look will!

Formal hairstyles: top knot
Interview-worthy formal hairstyles for medium hair: Top knot. Credit: Indigitalimages.com

Top knot 

We know that not every interview calls for an ultra refined look – so, depending on the job you’re going for, you may want to adopt a style that’s a little more relaxed. A top knot is still sleek, stylish and super chic, but more importantly, it’s the ultimate 5-minute hairstyle that looks far more styled that it actually is!

Simply pull your hair up into a ponytail and secure it in place with a non-snag elastic hairband. Now wrap your pony into a knot and secure in place with some bobby pins. To tame frizz and flyaways, try spritzing some TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray (500ml, £4.99*). This ultra-fine, fast drying spray is non-sticky and brushes out easily. And the best part? It has 24 hours humidity protection to help defend your tresses against recurring frizz and flyaways. Now that’s what we like to hear!

Formal hairstyles: short natural hair
Interview-worthy formal hairstyles for medium hair: Embrace your natural hair texture!

Embrace the natural texture of your hair

As more and more women with natural hair embrace their textures, it make sense to also rock this in the workplace! Whether you want to go with a twist hairstyle, a TWA, or just let your locks do all the talking, you’re sure to impress.

If you do decide to go with your natural hair, remember to keep it nicely hydrated using a nourishing oil treatment – we especially love the VO5 Give Me Moisture Hot Oils (£4.28*), oil treatment. Don’t underestimate the power of these tiny hot oils: this once-a-week treatment has UV filters and uses the power of heat to help restore moisture to your mane.

Editor’s tip: Before you style your hair, apply the Dove Advanced hair Series Quench Absolute Crème Serum (£6.99*) through your tresses, from the roots to the ends. It’s great for prepping your hair for styling and on-the-go moisture.

Have you got more events coming up that require a smart and sleek look? Then head to our Formal Hairstyles page – it’s got every bun, braid and wave for whatever swanky plans you may have!

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price. 

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