(Closed) Do you wear perfume to job interviews or go without?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

NEVER.  99% of workpalces are scent free now, so I respect that.  I don’t wear it on a day-to-day basis for tha reason, so I would never wear it to an interview.

Post # 5
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I wouldn’t. You never know who could be allergic and some people just don’t like scents. Stay neutral and don’t wear any,

Post # 6
2589 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Never.  Its frowned upon in many professional environments, but especially in the medical field.

Post # 7
46403 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It would be foolish to display a lack of awareness of current workplace culture at an interview.


Post # 8
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

No way. 

Just go in freshly showered and clean with deoderant.

Some people have very bad reactions to scents (allergies, migranes, etc) whereas others just don’t like them.

Take a real shower and be clean, not a shower in a bottle.

Post # 9
494 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Nope.  Different people are sensitive to different smells so I wouldn’t want to risk it.  I wound up leaving work sick once because our new admin came in smelling like she’d taken a bath in a vat of Tommy Girl.  I was dizzy and nauseous and couldn’t focus on anything, ugh!  I imagine if she’d come in like that to the interview she wouldn’t have gotten the job 

Post # 10
5371 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

Nope, I wouldn’t. I don’t even wear it if I’m going to be on the bus a lot some days because some people are super sensitive to smells.

Post # 11
2416 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

No, but I’m a nurse so it’s always frowned upon on wear perfume to work…it’s irritating to patients…and is strictly forbidden in neuro ICU’s where it can really cause blood pressure issues and blood flow issues in patients with brain injuries.

Post # 13
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

No, never to an interview- you never know a) how a certain scent (or presence of one at all) will be percieved, and b) about peoples’ allergies.  

But “current workplace culture”? Huh?  I’ve only been out of corporate for 2.5 years, but I worked at a fortune 50 and we never had any official policy on it.  I actually find that a bit oppressive.  Does it extend to lotion?  What about scented deodorant?  What if my shampoo is too smell-good-y for people?  I’m being a little silly here, but really, where’s the line?


Post # 14
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I agree not a good idea, perhaps a light body mist but not perfume.

Post # 15
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@bells219:  I think anything more than deodorant, or something I can smell outside your personal space is too much. If I am a yard away and can still smell you, its too much. Also please don’t bring anything smelly to eat either (microwaveable fish entrees! yuck!)

We don’t have an official policy at work, i would think it’s just common courtesy to try not bothering others.

Post # 16
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@bells219:  We have a full on ban of any scented product at my office and people have been sent home or to re-shower in the gym locker room. 

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