Last week I overheard a conversation in which a lady who works in HR told a bartender that since he has visible tattoos, he will never get a job.

That made me think, will your appearance determine if you will get hired or not? Is there still a negative mindset against people with tattoos, bizarre piercings, and long facial hair? Would you pass on a great candidate if they have a facial tattoo?


Face Tattoo

Would you hire this guy???


If this guy had the brain and drive of Steve Jobs, would you not want him in your organization?  Or on your team?

I do understand that different industries have different standards. I’m not sure if I would be okay with my Surgeon having tattoos, long hair and a nose ring.  But I would be perfectly fine with working with a developer with a facial tattoo, or a teacher with a lip ring. As long as they are qualified for their job, and the tattoo or piercing wasn’t distracting to other workers.

Recently, we were working with a prestigious private boarding school helping with a position.  We found a great resume and had an excellent phone screen with this candidate. When the time came for us to do a Skype interview, we noticed he had a face tattoo. As a team, we had mixed feelings over if we should present him to our client or not. What would you do if you were presented with this?

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think! Are we as a society becoming more open minded to this? Or are tattoos still taboo?