(Closed) Should guys wear cologne to job interviews?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would say no.

Many people have allergies or aversions to perfumes and colognes.

As long as he is clean and wearing deoderant that should suffice.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

No! In another thread I mentioned I’m a career counsellor.  I always recommend for both men and women, its better to err on the side of caution and go scent free.  When I used to do the hiring for a major staffing firm in Ottawa, there were times I cut a normally hour-long interview into 10 mins because people were smothered in cologne, and I’m not even scent-sensitive.  You jsut never know what can put people off so why risk it?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

@maribonner: nothing noticeable if anything. Never want the smell to enter before you and linger behind…could turn off the interviewer

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

No.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

No one should wear cologne to any interview. Many progressive employers have a no scent policy in the workplace so it’s a good idea to appear to be aware of current practices.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Def no

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

No and women shouldn’t wear perfume either, you never know what smells offend other people or might bother their allergies.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

glad there seems to be a consensus out there. As someone who worked in HR for a long time interviewing people regularly I say NO. We had a scent free policy, and even though I was not sensitive to it, it was hard on several of my co-workers.

clean and well pressed… he will be fine

Post # 12
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Busy bee

gross, no. dont wear colgne or perfume to work OR to interviews. otherwise IIIIIII will sneeze up a storm on YOOOOOU!
 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Definitely not.  It should be banned everywhere, IMO.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

No way.  I used to interview people (usually women) and if they had perfume on, it was an immediate no from us.  We worked in a small office and the manager was allergic to most smells (and I was just bothered by them).  Never once in my life have I ever said to anyone, “Oooh, what scent are you wearing, I love it!” because in all honesty, I think most perfumes and colognes smell really, really gross!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

No! No! No! Cologne in an interview is a big no no! If someone came into my office for an interview and was wearing heavy cologne, I would cut the interview short just to get them out of my office, because I get very bad headaches from the smell. It would be a shame not to be able to fully “sell” yourself in an interview simply because of cologne!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

No to cologne, but I think men wearing a nice-scented deoderant (like some of those new old spice ones) will be just enough scent to make them stand out in a good way. There are so many times when I’m close to my FH and I wonder why he smells so good, and it’s his deoderant.

I always wear a splash of light body spray (not perfume which is always heavier). I don’t like not wearing something – and I’ve never gotten a negative comment about it (or even a sneeze!)

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