as part of my departments dress code policy, we actually mention cologne, as some people with a sensitive nose can react badly should a person working in close proximity wear it. i think it reads something like 'use of cologne and other fragrance products should be minimal and not cause discomfort to others in the workplace."
i have an experience where i was interviewing with a new assistant from the hr department, just to give her a little experience speaking to potential employees. i'm pretty sure the lady we were speaking to was wearing j'adore, i could just faintly detect it, but the girl who was assisting me started sneezing like crazy. someone else got the job.
i think cologne is great, i wear it to the office every day. i'm very aware of what's appropriate and what's not, though, and i have a few different scents i rotate almost exclusively for use at work, and i use them extremely sparingly. usually something that has little sillage and sits very close to the skin works best. if i can smell perfume or cologne on someone just from the fact they've walked into my office, i find that excessive in a professional environment. that said, i have never disliked someone for not wearing cologne, as long as they were clean.
Originally Posted by zr0e
I hate the advice being given here. I hate the idea of everyone trying to be another cookie cutter applicant, Chino Pants, Shirt, Tie, Jacket, Shoes. nothing offensive, nothing personal.
i certainly don't look for cookie cutter applicants - the nature of our work is both technical and creative, therefore we need some really special individuals to get it done. i just appreciate knowing that people have consideration for others and will work well with a team. some people don't like having to smell a lot of cologne all day - imagine if you had to work on close proximity to someone wearing your least favorite scents for eight or ten hours. i look for individuals by personality and ability, not fashion.