(Closed) Job interviews and engagement rings?

posted 6 years ago in Career
  • poll: Did/would you wear your engagement/wedding ring to a job interview?
    Yes : (119 votes)
    88 %
    No : (17 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’ve never heard any advice about not wearing an engagement ring to a job interview, and I don’t think there is anything wrong with wearing it, or conversely, not wearing it.  I wouldn’t do anything to bring attention to it (like fidgeting with it or anything), but I don’t see a problem with it!

    Definitely go with some sort of a suit, whether it be pant or skirt, with either a pressed button down shirt, or a nice sweater underneath.  You want to dress your best to present yourself well, regardless of how you may dress once you start the job.

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    Post # 4
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    879 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I wore my ring to an interview, and I got the job :D.

    I was always told as a rule of thumb to dress two steps above what you would normally wear in the position you are applying for.  So in that case, a pant suit or the skirt and blazer are probably right on target.

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I am a teacher too, and wearing a suit to interviews is a must! Also, you may want to make sure you wear a blouse under your blazer, not just a cami. I don’t know where you live, but if you wear a skirt suit, make sure you wear pantyhose and closed-toe shoes…some areas are really strict about the little stuff. I’d def wear my ring and be proud though! Good luck!

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Ooooh there was a long thread about this a while back I think. From what I remember, the arguments against wearing your ring fell into 2 camps, 1) the employer will assume that you, as a woman, are either going to be too busy planning a wedding to get the job done right (if you’re only wearing an e-ring) or will be planning on getting pregnant and taking time off and 2) it’s “flaunting wealth”. I’d like to say I don’t agree with either argument, but I don’t have any experience with which to back that up. Either way I will probably be wearing my engagement ring to any interview I attend.

    I think you can’t go wrong with a suit or a blazer and a skirt. I always think it’s better to be a bit more dressed up than to be dressed down and appear sloppy. Shows you care about getting the job, IMO.

    Oh and good luck!!

    Post # 7
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    2702 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I wore my engagement ring to a job interview and they asked me if they would have to worry about me taking time off for a wedding and honeymoon. I was caught a little off guard considering it was my first interview with them and it was extremely short. Not sure if that was appropriate. I didn’t end up taking the job

    Post # 8
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    3261 posts
    Sugar bee

    I didn’t wear my engagement ring to my job interview (at a hospital). I knew they were looking for someone more permanent, and would probably think that I wouldn’t be available come wedding/honeymoon time. I got the job and ended up wearing my ering to the orientation. The manager raised an eyebrow and said “oh! you’re engaged?!” Hell yes I am.

    Post # 9
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    883 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I would and I did! : )

    Post # 9
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    3220 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    Blouse, blazer, pants or skirt, hose, closed two shoes. 

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with you wearing a ring– in fact I think teaching might look more favorably on a ring. (I do agree that some jobs might get wary about vacation-time, but most schools have summers off for a wedding/honeymoon!)

     

    Post # 10
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    730 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’m a law student, and a few months ago I did a ton of interviews with big firms. The career services office at my school actually told us that young engaged/married women should take off our rings. I was shocked, but it made sense (law firms don’t want to hire someone who will get pregnant and become a Stay-At-Home Mom after a couple years, or someone who will end up being gone a lot for maternity leave).

    I didn’t do it though. I felt like it was lying (they’d find out I was married eventually anyway!). I did really well in interview season anyway and got a job with my first-choice firm. I just think it’s sad that a career services office would feel the need to suggest something like that.

    I think a suit is appropriate for any interview!

    Interestingly enough, married men were told to DEFINITELY wear their rings… apparently for men it’s a sign of commitment and work ethic (shows they have a family to support). Crazy.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think it depends on the place. I am a teacher and teachers go on maternity all the time. My principal and many others in the district are all moms and are VERY accomidating to that sort of thing, very supportive! But in other jobs yes, they do get more uppity about leaving to go on maternity. (But if you are getting married it might be awhile before getting pregnant and such…some people are so weird!)

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    My old job was at a big corporate type setting. You know, the kind where you play the game where you’re the first one there and the last one to leave, so no one leaves until at least 10 hours after they came in because no one wants to be the slacker and no one dare leaves until all people who rank higher than them have left. Well my boss who was in charge of hiring people said flat out that he looks at people’s ring finger to see if they’re married/engaged or not and prefers singles because “they don’t rush out of here to go see their family”. Needless to say my jaw dropped when he said it, but I took it to heart. I never wear my rings on interviews. JUUUUUUUST in case someone else thinks like him.

    Post # 15
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    3261 posts
    Sugar bee

    @Nicoley1985: I’m not so sure either, but I didn’t want to risk it, I needed the job! lol

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