In 2001 my hair had grown down to the middle of my back.After 911 I was laid off from Veriscape (they lost $12 million in funding -but you are welcome for my automatons for your robocalls). I had insanely long, flowing hair at that time -it took me 4 years to grow it that long.
After 911 the software engineering market go really tight, very conservative -in dress, in manner, 'brain bench' tests, etc. BTW, I ranked in the top 3% of all c++ 'brain bench' tests bake then -heh, the concept is laughable these days. But it was a big deal back then. So I decided to start consulting!
It wasn't hard to get c++ interviews after 911 for me. I had the 'street cred' in the Chicago financial community as a 24/7,work hard, play hard, all out,no bullshit, developer. I felt that I wanted a break from the financial developer world so I sought out other venues.
My first venture into 'massive infrastructure' companies was with Motorola. It was a job I had never worked. It was developing 3g phones (not apps -phones) for 3g. For Motorola!. The job payed $55/hour with a 6mo. contract -to hire after that. Wow did I want to work for those guys.
The big issue was that I had a lot of hair. Like 3 feet+ of it. 2 days before the Motorola interview, I was sure I had the job...you can see, I'm sure, where this is going.. I got my hair cut. I got the standard business style cut thing for the times. The person cutting my hair literally cried the entire time. It was kind of traumatic for both of us -although not so much over the hair from my point of view...
And I didn't get the job. Not at all. Was totally turned down -hairless. But I looked damn good for the next job interview! -and scored that one.
So, today I cut my hair. I'd been growing it these past 3 years of my 'sabbatical from society (try to explain that in an interview!)'. And it seems somewhat important to me to mention that I really, really, don't like having long hair in the first place. I don't know how other people even tolerate it... because I just always wanted to cut it, but then I'd get busy and time would go buy and, more hair! And in some ways it defined me. So I miss it. And, I'm a huge anti-webber person but... Hair!
Anyway, I shaved the long hair last night so that I 'look' more presentable in upcoming interviews. Nobody cried this time but, funny this, I miss it!