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  • Absolutely! My employer will love my 4 sprays of Kouros.

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  • Recommended. It should be fine if it's not too strong.

    18 16.82%
  • It's not a sin, but be VERY VERY careful with what you spray.

    59 55.14%
  • Never wear cologne at a job interview, EVER.

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    Default cologne at a job interview

    I wouldn't say it's a definite no, as long as you don't wear too much (in fact, wear VERY little) and the scent is light (rather than strong or musky). I don't think I would wear AMen, Dior Homme or Fahrenheit.

    The perfect mood to convey with a scent, I believe, in this situation is cleanliness.

    It's not a necessity, and you can well do a job interview without one.

    I don't necessarily agree that it shouldn't ever be worn at all.

    I think one spray is fine.

    I'd say good safe scents for a job interview would be:
    - Acqua di Gio
    - Mugler Cologne
    - Millesime Imperial
    - Green Irish Tweed
    - Midnight In Paris (apply an hour before)
    - Bleu De Chanel
    - YSL L'Homme (be careful though, even though it is fresh, it does project well)

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    No fragrance ever for a job interview - solely my opinion.

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    I get the temptation to wear a fragrance, but for me it's too much of a risk with the way the scarcity of jobs is around here. Some people are allergic to certain things in fragrances, and others are hyper sensitive, so you could end up without a job due to wearing one at an interview. Alternatively, they could remember the smell and not like it, leaving a negative impression. Sure the opposite could happen, but are you willing to risk it?

    I know one spray is not a lot of those weaker frags, but I'd sooner not wear them and not have any risks than wear one spray and gamble no matter the odds.

    That's just my personal opinion though. Only been to one real job interview, and that was just for a sales job at a comic store.

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    Good point Octa.

    If I were to wear something, I'd spray it only once and it would be at least an hour before the job interview.

    If anything.

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    No fragrance. Fragrances are not that important, that's the reality of things. A job is worth more than a scented liquid.
    Current top 10 (No order):


    1. Pure Havane
    2. Menthe Fraiche
    3. Tobacco Vanille
    4. L'Air Du Desert Marocain
    5. Green Irish Tweed
    6. Fahrenheit
    7. Musc Ravageur
    8. Tonka Imperial
    9. Gucci Pour Homme II
    10. Dior Homme Intense

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    I agree, wear nothing, or something light, crisp and clean.
    On the other side.....don't go in there smelling of body odour also.

    One spritz of Byredo Sunday Cologne would be OK IMO.

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    No fragrance EVER for a job interview! Surefire way to not get hired.

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    When doing an initial tour and interview of my current employer, I put on a nice shirt, slacks, and one lone spritz of By Kilian's Straight to Heaven. They said that they weren't hiring at the time, but I sent them a "thank you" note for inviting me to their offices in hopes that they would hire me.

    It worked.

    They hired me for some projects, and my roles there have only grown since. And we've hired six or seven new people (and moved to bigger, better offices three blocks down the street) since I started, and some of them are into frags like I am. One of them is a staunch believer in Versace Pour Homme. Down the hall, the favorite of one of our web designers is A*Men, also one of my faves - but NOT something that will work at a job interview in any dose. The favorite scent of one of the female new hires on me? None other than Straight to Heaven, the scent that got me hired, though she also likes John Varvatos Vintage on me.

    Last time I was at the office, I was wearing PdN New York, but got zero compliments, and before that, I got a "meh" on Encre Noire. Guess it's back to the tried-and-true.
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    easy GIT, Aventus, TF Tobacco Vanile

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    Here in the UK loads of people wear fragrances and the chances are the interviewers will be as well especially if they are women. If you choose a subtle/light non offensive frag then I see no problem. Wearing Kouros to a interview though is not cool.lol

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    I would probably do the lightest walk in spray ever with Green Irish Tweed. Nothing else.

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    A squirt on your chest of a very safe cologne is not going to change the outcome of an interview, one way or the other.

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    Default Re: cologne at a job interview

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonty Coppersmith View Post
    No fragrance EVER for a job interview! Surefire way to not get hired.
    Not sure if my experience represents an anomaly, but I did get a job offer some months back even after wearing fragrance to the interview. The job was for a computer programmer, and the cologne in question was Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, moderately sprayed. This was in the US. Not sure about other countries/cultures...

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    Default Re: cologne at a job interview

    3rd option in the poll FTW

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonty Coppersmith View Post
    No fragrance EVER for a job interview! Surefire way to not get hired.
    would you say the same applies to women?

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    Whatever happened to just take a shower before the interview and that way you'll be fresh and clean?

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    Here at Brazil is not a sin if someone can smell some fragrance on you.

    Last time I wore Terre dHermes Pure Parfum and I found that it was perfect, huge longevity, moderated sillage, serious and professional.
    The enterprise ended up inviting me to join them, but I preferred to stay at my current job (and got a wage increase for that).

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    If I was doing the interviewing, I most certainly wouldn't take on someone with even the slightest BO.... much more likely to go for someone with a low key, pleasant odour.

    Of course, that wouldn't be the only qualifying factor....
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    Clean and freshly showered is the only way I have gone on interviews. I would hate for my cologne to leave any kind of negative impression

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    I'll take a slightly different approach. In so many other threads, BNers (including myself) talk about the confidence frags can give us. I think anything that you can do to psychologically boost yourself should be done; however, you want to exude confidence, not citrus/vetiver/vanilla/etc.

    I don't see anything wrong with wearing something that makes you feel good about yourself, so long as you apply lightly and/or wear a scent that sticks close to you.
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    Default Re: cologne at a job interview

    A very, very light spritz of something inoffensive is as good as you need until you land the job. If you really need the job, you don't want anything to come between you and the interviewer.
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    Default Re: cologne at a job interview

    I wore Prada Amber pH during my last interview and walked away with the offer.
    But you need to be careful with the number of sprays :-)
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    Default Re: cologne at a job interview

    I know it's hard for people like us in the frag community, but I think it would be best to hold off on the cologne until after the interview. Besides, we can wait until we get the job and purchase a new frag in celebration....Lol

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    Mostly no - never wear anything. If you are applying for a job where no fragrance might be perceived as a negative then wear something but make it the most likely scent to please everyone. Mostly just wear nothing. Never wear anything oriental, sweet, floral, leather, spicy or that might stand out too much. No matter how much you like the fragrance - just avoid it becoming the topic and leave it at home. Getting a job is mostly about being in the group of the "last standing" which are mostly those remaining who nobody could find a disqualification or an objection. Don't provide a bold fragrance to be an objection.

    I have not interviewed for many jobs myself. But, I have interviewed thousands of people and helped select thousands of applicants for jobs of all types. I can not think of one instance when the applicants fragrance worn was ever a positive thing. I have been a fragrance collector for years - but it never was a positive issue in an interview. But it could easily be a negative issue. You don't want to be that guy that wears the heavy cologne that the highly allergic assistant frowns about as they leave. Never provide fuel for an objection. Fragrance can be that objection for all kinds of reasons. Stick to showing those things that will help you qualify for and land the job.
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    Default Re: cologne at a job interview

    There's been multiple threads about this same subject and the overwhelming opinion is to not wear a fragrance to an interview.
    Currently wearing: Supremacy Silver by Afnan

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    Default Re: cologne at a job interview

    I always wear scents to interviews, just like I would to any other affair where I'm meeting people. I'm moderate with my scents, though. I only do one spray onto my wrist, rub it onto the other, and maybe another spray to the base of the neck/chest area.
    Currently wearing: Red Vetyver by Montale

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    I don't see the difference between a job interview and other say professional situations. If you consider that perfume is more likely to be perceived as negative in the professional environment of a job interview why should it be perceived better in other professional situations? I haven't seen that many people here giving the advice of not wearing scent to work at all. So is it that the opinion of your potential employer is more important than that of your actual employer? Do you xneed to be less considerate with coworkers , secretaries whatever than with your interviewers? Sorry to say that, but doesn't look very consistent to me f not a bit hi

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    ...hypocrite. I would wear anything to an onterview that I would wear in a normal work situation dealing with colleagues, my boss and clients as well. And as I try not to overapply ever at work I think that is perfectly ok.

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    Default Re: cologne at a job interview

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    No fragrance ever for a job interview - solely my opinion.
    +1

    It is unlikely a scent will help get you a job, but there is always a chance that it might give a bad impression. If I had two candidates who had interviewed equally well and were equally qualified I'd be inclined to turn down one on the basis of him/her being cologne guy/gal as it speaks of their consideration for others.

    So much to risk, so little to gain. Save your scents until you've got the job. If you really need scent that day, apply once you leave the premises.
    I also tend to go easy on the scent during the initial 3 month probationary period, or at least until I've got a feel for the office and its attitudes.

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    This is where not too daring scents that remain close to one's skin come to the fore: Gucci Pour Homme II, Creed GIT, as design frag maybe CK Eternity. As remarked previously, it beats BO.

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    This is where not too daring scents that remain close to one's skin come to the fore: Gucci Pour Homme II, Creed GIT, as design frag maybe CK Eternity. As remarked previously, it beats BO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbaker View Post
    As remarked previously, it beats BO.
    I thought that was the purpose of deodorant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    No fragrance ever for a job interview - solely my opinion.
    This.

    Why risk it? Once you get an offer and decide to accept it, then you can wear whatever you want.

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