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Is There a Sweet Smell of Success?

With unemployment hitting a four-year high last month, there's a good chance some of you are in the market for a new job. You're probably already familiar with hair and makeup tips for job seekers, but have you ever thought your fragrance may sway the outcome of a big interview?

A friend who works in human resources at a very well-known independent film studio recently told me a story about a qualified male candidate coming in smelling as if he had bathed in Abercrombie cologne. "All of the parties who met him agreed that he was well equipped for the job, but we ended up having to pass on him," she told me. "None of us (including myself) were able to stay in the interview room with him long enough to get through a thorough questioning, let alone sit in a cubicle next to him."

Ouch! Turns out, many recruiters tell their job applicants that fragrance is an interview faux pas and possible dealbreaker. So stop spending your unemployment checks on the newest scents — they could end up costing more than you think!


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dazzleme dazzleme 8 years
I don't want to be restricted to not wearing any fragance, that sucks! Wearing fragrance can do alot for your confidence, and don't you need confidence at an interview? The key is obviously, to not saturate yourself in fragrance-especially a cheap and synthetic one-but to wear it in a subtle area, where others can smell a hint of your fragrance, but you can mostly smell it on yourself. I like the recommendation of wearing fragrance between your bust if you're a woman. I've done that, and it works! It gives you the main whiff of your fragrance, and if someone else is around you, they can catch a pleasant whiff- if you're wearing a truly great fragrance- which is key. As for guys, I think they should spray cologne on their chest- sexy-especially if they have killer pecs!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
at my last job, there was this rule that you were NOT allowed to wear any fragrance at all cause the CEO was allergic to perfume. if you had anything on at the interview, you were chastized (not that you would know ahead of time) and there were times that if he walked past HR while you were meeting with them, he would comment. for years after that - i still never wore perfume, and it was hard. now that i'm in a new place - i've learned that you can certainly do subtle tones with a fragrance, and it's great to start that even at the interview. you don't want the people's eyes to water when you're meeting them for the first time.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I hate that some people do not know how to correctly wear fragrance and drown themselves in it. I got a migraine once when I had to sit in on an interview.
kahribar kahribar 8 years
As a boss and co-worker of others that gag you when they walk by, it def makes me think twice.
gemsera gemsera 8 years
I only ever wear a very very small amount. I like a small waft, and I think its much less offensive. There is NOTHIGN WORSE than people who bathe in their perfume. Gives me headaches and nausea :(
chiquita29 chiquita29 8 years
Aaw poor guy. I never wear perfume to an interview. It's just common sense, no?
emalove emalove 8 years
I agree! I'd definitely skip the perfume when going on a job interview.
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