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Would you hire someone for an important professional job with tons of visible tattoos?

A very strong applicant came into the office for an interview yesterday. She is applying for an Office Manager job. It is a highly visible position that will be interacting with a wide variety of employees, managers, vendors, clients and consultants. It is a large medical consulting company with hundreds of employees, this is the corporate office. Anyway, her resume was quite impressive and she spoke quite well and had the background we were looking for. My only concern was all her very visible tattoos on her arms and neck. Should that be an issue?

Asked By: Human Nature - 9/22/2009
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No, only because if they are working in a very visible public job the tattoos could be very intimidating and discouraging to clients/ potential clients. So if your company has a very clean cut professional look/ feel and reputation I would not go hiring someone with alot of very visible tattoos.
Answered By: Samantha B - 9/22/2009
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No do not make that a reason. If she is qualified and has a good personality over look her tat's, I have no tat's myself but this is a differant day and time and many are into body art, my opionion is dont judge a person for that, and you are a better person for not judgeing them . Point is there is more to a person... More
Answered By: albert - 9/22/2009
 
Like a lot of others i do not like body art? piercings etc. if you are a Professional Than look like one No way would i hire her .When i worked it was in writing all body art? must be covered
Answered By: ep1909 - 9/22/2009
 
I'm an average fellow. I would hire her for her talents, for her own worth. Better to hire the best qualified applicant. She may well work extra hard, knowing you appreciate her expertise. I think she'll be a happy employee, and you'll be happy having her.
Answered By: Mello1 - 9/22/2009
 
If your clients are predominately of a young demographic or are trying to appeal to a young demographic then tattoos won't turn them off. Haven't you ever heard them called the Decoration Generation... More
Answered By: KaS - 9/22/2009
 
a couple of years ago I would have said yes but now I say no. reason actually is this guy I had met a year ago he looked like a biker but was the nicest guy i ever came across , it made me realize dont judge a book by its cover. she may have gotten them when she was young and has since grown up. i say give her the job... More
Answered By: beaches li - 9/22/2009
 
Depends on how visible. Maybe a probationary period to see if her skill was quality. I would base it on work not looks.
Answered By: sasil85 - 9/22/2009
 
As someone running a business it is your job to ensure the success of that business. If you think her tattoos will interfere with or cost you business do not hire them.
Answered By: carcinoma - 9/22/2009
 
no this shouldn't be an issue, you hire someone who is capable to do the job not on how they look. What if one of your best employees got badly burned and was left with scars would u sack them? This is an crazy image obsessed world why should it matter if someone looks any different its the person inside that counts.x.
Answered By: LiL_Dee - 9/22/2009
 
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