Can I Wear My Nose Ring to a Job Interview?

05-21-2014 3:53 PM

Dear Class of 2014: Congratulations on earning your degree! Those long days and nights of studying, working two jobs to pay tuition and a little fun on the side (just a little, right?) have paid off. You might be thinking to yourself, I’ve got the diploma…but what do I do now? Where do I begin my job search? What’s “business professional” attire? Can I wear my nose ring to a job interview? 

Job hunting can feel overwhelming, and if you are wondering any of these questions, here are some tips that can help you make a great first impression. 

  • Bullet proof your resume. Think of someone who you studied with in English I or II and proofread each other’s resumes. A resume with grammatical errors or typos can be sent straight to the rejection list.
  • Check out your online presence.  Before applying for any job or internship look over your social media accounts for posts and pictures of you, and consider adjusting your privacy settings. Basically, if you wouldn’t want Grandma to see it, it should probably be deleted.
  • Dress appropriately. A good rule of thumb is to dress for the job you want, not the one you have. Invest in a suit, cover tattoos, remove any facial piercings and use only one spray of perfume. My favorite is the new limited-edition Mary Kay Journey of DreamsTM fragrance.  
  • Show respect and gratitude. During an interview, turn your phone and any other devices to silent. Always express appreciation for the opportunity to meet and send a personalized thank you note or email to each interviewer. 
  • Be prepared. Do your research on the company and be prepared with insightful questions about the company or the position, not just about what you will get out of the job.  
  • Seek a silent advisor. When you receive an offer, listen carefully and ask when the company needs a response. Then talk it over with a mentor, parent or significant other, but own this process yourself. You can do it! 

These are just a few of my top suggestions. What are some of yours? 


Today’s blog post is from Sarah Spence, Human Resources manager at Mary Kay. With 10 years of experience in Human Resources, Sarah holds a Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification and is an active member with the Society of Human Resources Management and Dallas HR. Sarah has been at Mary Kay since 2007 and enjoys engaging employees as well finding great people that enhance Mary Kay’s corporate culture.