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View Poll Results: Would an applicant with an arm full of tats get the job if you were hiring
I would not hire someone with that many visible tattoos 35 47.30%
The tattoos would make no difference in my hiring decision 36 48.65%
I would be more likely to hire the applicant with tattoos 3 4.05%
Voters: 74. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-27-2012, 01:28 PM
 
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No this is not an anti tattoo thread like you have seen so many times before. Instead, it is a thread about human nature and hiring decisions.

I was talking to a friend who was hiring for a purchasing job and he had hundreds of applicants apply and he brought in six people. One guy came in with no suit jacket and a short sleeve shirt. His entire right arm was filled with tattoos. He interviewed well and the hiring manager said nothing about his tattoos but was turned off by them.

I wonder how many people who have decided to have tons of tattoos but are looking for office jobs are discriminated against without them knowing it.

Managers: would an arm full of tattoos discourage you from hiring someone for an office job that requires a college degree and professsional experience? Would you ever tell the applicant you did not hire them because of their many tatttoos?
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:30 PM
 
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i realize this is unfair but it would probably affect my views of females a lot more negatively than males. i dont hire people, though. hypothetically
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:42 PM
 
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I didn't vote because there is no appropriate answer listed. For a purchasing job, I would hire them--assuming they have no customer contact. For a customer facing position, I would hire them with the understanding that they needed to wear long sleeves 100% of the time.

This of course assumes that the tattoos are not offensive in nature--ie no nudes, no racist words or symbols, etc.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:49 PM
 
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I helped to hire a woman for a professional sales position selling to banks and credit unions. Part of the job required going into 10 bank branches a day to drop off marketing material and talking to the branch manager. This woman interviewed well, dressed professionally in pants suits, but showed up for her first day on the job wearing a skirt. Which then revealed the huge snake tattoo that went up her leg from her ankle to past her knee. There is no way I would have approved her for hire if I had seen the tattoo first.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Southern NC
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Tattoos have no bearing on whether I hire someone or not, their ability to do the job and their work ethic are way more important.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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Depends, if the candidate was customer facing or not. Really wouldnt care so much if he was bottled up in a back room, but customers and clients care about things like that.

I would not hire someone with a neck or hand tattoo ever unless I was in a band, and he/she played a mean guitar.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:30 PM
 
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Im big on the "beggars cant be choosers" philosophy.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:44 PM
 
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If I was a hiring manager, having tattoos, be it a small one or something as big as a full sleeve, would make no difference on a hiring decision (for the record, I don't have any tattoos or piercings.) So long as none of the tattoos are gang-related, racist, pornographic or of the like, I would have no problem at all. I find tattoos to be an extension and outward expression of a person's personality, and I think people who make negative connotations based on body work are painfully and woefully ignorant.

Even if this person would be hired to directly interact with customers, I would still have no problem with it. If a customer is going to have a problem with my employee solely on his or her ink without any regard to performance, then that's a customer I don't want or need.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:51 PM
 
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I do not care about tattoos, but I would question the judgement of the guy wearing what he did to an interview, that would probably have done it for me given equally qualified candidates.

My job is to increase shareholder wealth, I do that by hiring the best qualified people. It is not my job to impose my values on candidates, thus potentially limiting the hiring of the best qualified candidates, which would result in lower performance and not maximizing shareholder wealth.

As a shareholder, I expect the same thing from those managers.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:54 PM
 
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I do not care about tattoos, but I would question the judgement of the guy wearing what he did to an interview, that would probably have done it for me given equally qualified candidates.

My job is to increase shareholder wealth, I do that by hiring the best qualified people. It is not my job to impose my values on candidates, thus potentially limiting the hiring of the best qualified candidates, which would result in lower performance and not maximizing shareholder wealth.

As a shareholder, I expect the same thing from those managers.
That's a good point too.

Presentation is key in job interviews. While I don't care about tattoos, an interviewee should be dressed in professional attire. Unless the tattoo in on you hand, neck or head, there's no way any should be visible if you are dressed in a long-sleeve shirt, suit, slacks and tie.
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