(Closed) NWR: But for a job interview (office) would you wear perfume or not?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009


Post # 4
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

A lot more people than you would realize are allergic to perfume. There are a lot of offices that are fragrance free now. Skip it.

Post # 5
2759 posts
Sugar bee

Probably not. You never know when someone might have a severe allergy – my mom can’t be near any perfume or she has an asthma attack, and when you’re trying to make an impression it’s best to be safe. If you want to smell nice, just use a mildly scented body wash and that should give you enough of a clean scent.

Most people go way overboard with perfume anyway because they become desensitized to the smell and put too much on in an effort to be able to smell it on themselves.

Post # 6
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d skip it. A shower with whatever body wash and shampoo/conditioner you like will make you smell nice without being overpowering for those with allergies.

Post # 7
4520 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

No. A lot of offices ban perfume or anything with a scent. Don’t risk it.

Post # 8
6248 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I’ve heard several times that you should not wear perfume or cologne to interview. If the interviewer does not like the scent, then they may subconsciously write you off for the position, even if you are a great candidate. Not to mention many people have allergic reactions to scented products.

Post # 9
899 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@indibee: I agree. If you can shower right before, you will smell clean – but not like perfume. 

Post # 10
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

As long as it’s not strong and overpowering, which perfume shouldn’t ever be I do not see a problem with it. I just think as lot as it’s worn correctly it shouldn’t be a problem and I wouldn’t overthink it too much. I interview all of the time and I have never ever thought about this topic before.

Post # 11
1415 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Definitely not. The potential downsides far outweigh any potential upside (which I don’t really see any).

Post # 12
1576 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Absolutely not.

Post # 13
2512 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Nope… in fact I go UBER light on the make up too. But that is just my personal choice. 

Post # 14
7609 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Absolutely not.  I always helped interview people at the office I used to work for and if someone smelled like anything, it was an instant no.  I can’t stand being overpowered by someone’s scent, no matter how great they think it smells.

Post # 15
5296 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

No. My mom is extremely sensitive to perfume and it actually gives her migraines -even if the smell is light and smells nice. I would definitely not want to give any reason not to hire me – and giving them a migraine from my interview probably wouldn’t land me the job!

Post # 16
2233 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

No. There is no need as long you’ve showered!

I used to LOVE wearing perfume but lately I have been more sensitive to it so I wear it infrequently or I only put on a tiny bit.

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