Saturday, November 7, 2015
Weekend discussion: Should an interview candidate cover their tattoos?
A recent correspondent asks about body art (tattoos, specifically) during interviews in industry.
I frankly don't have any experience with this, other than that, in my opinion, the median age in the R&D portions of the pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing subsectors is still north of 40, and so folks are probably more-conservative-than-not in their dress.
It seems to me that traditional business attire for men and women will cover up sleeve and chest piece tattoos, so that's the way to go there. I am not quite sure what to do about tattoos other places, such as calves (e.g. for women who wear skirts) or hands.
I note here that I do not have any body art or modification, so I'm speaking ex recto here. (What's new? -ed.)
Also, I think company culture matters. If you're working at a startup in San Francisco where the boss plays his vintage Johnny Rotten in the lab, it's probably less of a big deal there than, say, the halls of Pfizer and the like.
Readers, do you have any helpful suggestions?