Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?

I picked up this great new book over the weekend, Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview? by Ellen Gordon Reeves. It’s straightforward job seeking advice, covering a lot of the common questions people have. It’s especially geared to recent or soon-to-be college graduates, but the advice is pretty universal no matter where you are in your career.

And the book’s answer is “Yes. If you wear one and intend to keep wearing it, don’t take it out for the interview, get the job, and then wonder why you’re never introduced to clients.” Basically a ‘let them see the real you’ point of view. My caveat is that it depends on your industry, the position you’re interviewing for and how conservative the interviewer is likely to be. The point, and the goal of this book, is to set yourself up for success.