I don’t know if this is true, and after doing some research not many people in hiring positions are willing to admit they would discriminate based on an engagement ring.
This guy wrote a blog and posted it on LinkedIn stating that women should think twice before going into a job interview with an engagement ring ESPECIALLY if it is a huge rock.
Reason being some would perceive the woman as being high maintenance and another reason being the other women in the office could be jealous and dislike this new woman based on her ring.
I come across these type of articles where it’s the DON’Ts of a job interview. Don’t say you have kids…because employers may feel your priorities don’t align with theirs. Don’t say you WANT kids, because employers will see it as a liability knowing they have to cover a mat leave. I can’t say that these are true or false because every employer is different. I will say that I think being a parent, or wanting to be a parent…being married or engaged could show STRENGTHS to employers. Dedication, hard work, patience, commitment are just a few words that come to mind. Personally speaking, be true to yourself. If you are hiding who you are to get the “perfect job”, take another look and see if it is ACTUALLY perfect.
Want to read the article…you may get a good laugh..check it out here.
One of the best lines:
When a man gives a woman an engagement ring, he buys the least expensive ring that he believes it will take to get her to agree to the proposal. For women it may be a symbol of everlasting love, but for men (when it is expensive) it is akin to a business transaction. So when a male interviewer sees what appears to be an expensive engagement ring he assumes the wearer is, as I said in the article, “high maintenance.” He may be willing to have a high-maintenance woman in his personal life; he doesn’t necessarily want one in his office.
And…he does mention men and their expensive taste BUT employers don’t think he is “high-maintenance”…they think he’s just TOO GOOD to be true
Interviewer A: Great guy. We should hire him.
Interviewer B: Did you see his watch? He’s wearing a $50,000 Rolex. We could never afford him!
And, no, they will not call to discuss it with you. They’ll move on to the qualified candidate with the Timex (which is what I wear!).