/ Asked by Rachel
I have visible tattoos. Should I be worried about this for my upcoming interviews? I love my tattoos and would prefer not to always have to hide them when at work. My school's career counselor said I should consider covering them for my interviews. I'm about to graduate Magna Cum Laude and the places I've interned didn't seem to have problem. Thanks for your help.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Good question.  Thanks for asking it.

Acceptance of visible tatoos is very dependent upon the company, company culture, work environment, and job type/roll.  Some companies will be perfectly fine with them and others will not. I would suggest that you connect with a recruiter, hiring manager, or representative of company you are interested and asking him/her directly.  Err on the side of conservatism during interviews.  During the interview, you should be allowed time to ask questions.  I would suggest that this question be one that you ask, as it is important to you.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, January 28, 2015
It’s always smart to err on the side of caution and cover your tattoos for a first round interview. You want to dress in a professional manner and showing your tattoos may not convey that message. Depending on the company and type of work environment, dress codes are always different. If it’s a major concern for you, you could bring this question up in your interview if you don’t want to work in a full-time position that won’t allow you to display your tattoos.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, January 30, 2015
The most important thing about interviews is to dress and act professionally, but this does not necessarily mean that you have to cover up your tattoos.  How it is viewed will largely depend on the culture of the employer and the individual opinions of the interviewer(s).  My advice would be to dress and act professional and focus on your qualifications during the interactions with the interviewers.  In other words, focus on the important things and make the tattoos a non-issue.  If you do this and an interviewer still wants to focus on your appearance, then that is likely not a place you would want to work anyway.  More and more qualified young people have tattoos and companies will have to adjust to the changes in our culture if they wish to continue to attract the best talent.
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Monday, February 9, 2015
In this day and age tattoos are very common.  I would however try to better understand the culture of the organization to see if this could be an issue.  My best advice would be to err on the side of being conservative and cover up the tattoos for the interview.  First impressions are very important so don't let that be a distraction. 
Answered by Sonya, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, February 17, 2015
I would say this depends on the type of job you are applying for. Maybe research the company and see if you can find out what their dress code is and see if tattoos are acceptable.
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