Another rejected tattooed candidate: Do recruiters really hate body art?

Another rejected tattooed candidate: Do recruiters really hate body art?

Costco have rejected a potential candidate because of a tattoo on her hand of her partners name.

Joanna Sutherland, 37, interviewed for a cash and carry position at a Costco branch in Gateshead and during her second interview, she was immediately turned down for the role due to her visible tattoo.

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  • Rach
    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 2:05pm BST
    I find it unprofessional that an interviewer stopped an interview due to a tattoo, especially if it was as state just a name!
    Tattoos, percing and clothing do not state how well someone will work.
    I have three tattoos, and work in a leadership HR role, these have never stopped me.
    When I see tattoos in applicants/new starters I smile as it reminds me we have an interesting workforce.
  • Simon Taylor
    Simon Taylor
    Thu, 13 Jul 2017 7:38pm BST
    I am a 45 year old CEO and I have 11 tattoos.... but none of them are visible when wearing professional attire. I love my tattoos and I love tattoos on others, but I probably wouldn't hire someone with a hand tattoo. The problem is my clients and other staff would react unpredictably and I don't need the hassle. Someone like Costco can afford to be picky at their level of hiring and they have all walks of life coming into their stores so I support their stance on this occasion.

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