- 8 years ago
- Wedding: February 2011
I would say go without or go extremely light. There are a number of people that have scent allergies or sensitivities. It would be unfortunate if you were not considered for the position because the perfume was too heavy.
I would go without. As pp said scent allergies or pregnant people might find whatever scent you wear offensive.
@HisIrishPrincess: People with allergies don’t just find perfumes offensive; if the person has severe allergies with complications like asthma, the perfume could cause them to stop breathing. Having to call 911 for your interviewer isn’t usually a way to make a good impression!
@missy11:I have always worn a scent to an interview and I always apply scented lotion to my hands so they are soft for the “firm” handshakes. I have never had anyone call 9-1-1 nor I have ever been declinded for the job. I think people enjoy a woman that looks good and smells good. That’s my experience.
I’m also always light scented. Just as well as you have a chance to be NOT considered for a job because your perfume is ‘offensive’, you have an equal chance of actually being considered for the job because you smell good and not like the other 100s of people who smell like… well nothing. They are forgettable. Just don’t over do it. Use lightly and definitely have some non-greasy semi-scented lotion on.
I always do one spritz of a body spray hours before the interview. I don’t even know if that’s strong enough to still smell by the time the interview rolls around, but it makes me feel better without hurting anyone’s allergies. I also don’t wear floral or musky perfumes because those seem to be way more likely to bother people. I tend to stick with the vanilla-based scents, but that’s just personal preference.
I dab on an ever so slight amount. Never been interviewed by a woman, either
Skip the perfume
You want to be remembered for all your great qualifications, not how you smell. Even if the interviewer doesn’t have allergies or asthma, many people do not like the smell of most perfumes. You might think it’s the best smelling thing ever and someone else could hate it.
Your personal appearance is the one big part of an interview that you can control. Play it safe.
I wear a bit. Wouldn’t the chance of someone being allergic to your scent happen anywhere?
It might depend on the field, but in job prep during college they said never wear perfume to a job interview. That was in an education field but I think it applies to any job where you would be around or potentially touch a lot of different people.
Having conducted a number of interviews I can tell you that I find it strange when I can literally smell the person I’m interviewing and my office smells like them when they leave. You obviously shouldn’t smell bad, but it’s never good if the thing I remember about you is that you had any kind of scent at all. Shower, wear deodorant, and save the perfume for date night.
I’d go without
I never wore perfume to interviews. I only want them thinking about what I’m saying, not how I”m smelling.
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