Acceptable Haircut for M&A Intern

I am interning at a top Canadian Investment Bank in Toronto next summer, and naturally, I am hyper-worried about stupid details. It is my final internship and first IB internship, and it would mean the world to get a FT offer from this firm because I worked so hard to break in from a non-target school.

I currently have a haircut almost identical to this with about 3/4 of an inch more space between my eyebrows and my hair, so more of my forehead is showing. I also did all of my interviews with my hair that way, not styled any differently:

Intern Haircut
I know I shouldn't be worrying about shit like this, but when I go into the office next summer, should I just go with the classic side-part, clean-cut banker look, or should it be fine to keep my current style? I find that I look bad with the side-part style because my hairline is kinda shitty (naturally shitty, I'm not balding yet) which is why I like my current style, and I've been rocking this for a few years so I am comfortable with it. I know I am graduating soon and entering the professional workforce, and I'm not sure how "professional" this haircut is, but I mean it's not like I'm walking in with a mohawk. I'm just worried the hairstyle may make me come off as more youthful and unprofessional in an environment like M&A, and I'm trying to do everything I can to get the FT offer.


Hey there! It's great to see you're thinking about all aspects of your presentation for your internship - it shows you're serious about making a good impression. Based on the most helpful WSO content, it seems that in the finance world, especially in investment banking, it's generally better to err on the side of conservative when it comes to hairstyles.

However, it's also important to feel comfortable and confident in your appearance. If your current hairstyle is neat, well-maintained, and not overly flashy, it should be fine. Remember, the key is to be remembered for your skills and work ethic, not your hairstyle.

That being said, if you're still unsure, you could consider reaching out to your HR contact or a mentor at the firm to get their perspective. They would have the best understanding of the firm's culture and expectations.

And remember, you're there because of your abilities and potential, not your hair. So, focus on doing your best work and learning as much as you can. Good luck with your internship!

Sources: Profesional Hair Styles, Beard as an Intern, Best Hairstyle for Finance?

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