I work at a company where the vast majority of positions are filled by engineers or require a fairly technical background (i.e. selling products and services with very complex specs). Many of the employees have an "old school" mentality to their jobs and work environment. I wouldn't say it's hostile to women --but it certainly has a Men's Club feel at times.
There are a few guys there with earrings, but I would never wear mine. Not because I'd be fired or that it's against our dress code. Rather, it's because I wouldn't want to provide ammunition to anyone that might use it as a factor in decisions that involved my career.
Let me go a step farther and also say that I dig chicks with nose-rings. Always have. Probably always will.
OK, so last Thursday. A woman comes in for a job interview. She was hot, and her dress was very cute as well --though close to being a little inappropriate for an interview.
Now, I would hope that anyone going for a job interview would research the target company beforehand. Maybe know some of its history to use in the interview. In fact, that's recommended by many placement/recruiting agencies.
So, let's assume the above mentioned woman was a genius. And she was an engineer. And she knew our products. And one of her relatives already worked for us. And she was a lead candidate. And she had already aced a phone interview. And there was a terrible shortage of female engineers (there is). And the hiring manager was also female...
Should she have worn a nose-ring (she did)?
I say "no". Work is work. Why allow for even the slightest potential that someone would count it against her. Wear what you like on your own time. Crazy talk? Let me know...
Cristie, feel free to send me hate mail now.