Do Piercings Hurt My Chance of Getting Hired?

Do Piercings Hurt My Chance of Getting Hired?

piercingIt depends on what job you are applying for.  If you are applying for a cashier/stocker at the corner comic shop then odds are they won’t be a problem.  They may not even be an issue if you are trying to become a cashier, stocker or bagger at your local grocery store.  But if you are trying to become a teller at a bank you may have issues.

People judge most things by how they look.  This is just natural.  If a new look is non-standard it may get an instant positive reaction or it may get an instant negative reaction.  However, few things stay the same.  A look that was considered positive can go out of style.  A look that was considered negative can become common enough that it no longer causes negative feelings.

Currently non-standard piercings are still not the norm in the business realm but have picked up so much among the general public that they are starting to become a little more acceptable.  Since we are not fully into the acceptance phase I would say you should avoid the non-standard piercings when going for a job interview particularly if it is an office type job.  If you get the job, pay close attention to the dress code section of the policy manual.  If piercings are not allowed don’t wear them to work.

One thing I can tell you for sure.  I have heard many interviewers complain about people wearing tongue studs at interviews.  The interviewers say they get distracted seeing the stud moving and flashing while the applicant speaks.  Several interviewers told me they missed part of what the applicant said because they were so distracted by the tongue stud.  Do yourself a favor and take out the tongue stud before you go to your interview.