Are Ear Piercings Appropriate for BB IBD Analysts?!!

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I have 2 piercings (1 on cartilage, 1 on ear lobe).

I'll be starting in a BB in NYC for full time and I was wondering if it is appropriate for work. Should I swap the rings to less flashy pins, or do I have to keep them off at all times?

My cartilage one hasn't recovered yet so if I remove it it'll close for sure..personally i really liek this one..is it crucial that I remove it or is it ok as long as I don't wear them to client meetings?

(im a guy)

Comments (144)

Mar 11, 2011

You've got to be kidding...

No - your piercings (both locations) are not appropriate. Even with a girl, a non-traditional piercing such as on the cartilage would look bad.

Mar 11, 2011

take it out

Mar 11, 2011

KYS

Mar 11, 2011
drexelalum11:

KYS

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Mar 11, 2011
drexelalum11:

KYS

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

"I am Shiva the god of death"

Mar 11, 2011

fuck...are u serious

Mar 11, 2011

uh...yea serious as prison rape which is where you're headed looking like that son

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Mar 11, 2011

Man up you pussy and take them out.

Valor is of no service, chance rules all, and the bravest often fall by the hands of cowards. - Tacitus

Dr. Nick Riviera: Hey, don't worry. You don't have to make up stories here. Save that for court!

Mar 11, 2011

how the fk did u get an offer with a piercing?

Id insta ding anyone with a piercing or a tatoo.

This is banking not hells angels, douchebag.

Mar 11, 2011
leveredarb:

how the fk did u get an offer with a piercing?

Id insta ding anyone with a piercing or a tatoo.

This is banking not hells angels, douchebag.

This was awesome.

Mar 11, 2011

man, you're so hard you got me hard.

leveredarb:

how the fk did u get an offer with a piercing?

Id insta ding anyone with a piercing or a tatoo.

This is banking not hells angels, douchebag.

If the glove don't fit, you must acquit!

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Mar 11, 2011
leveredarb:

how the fk did u get an offer with a piercing?

Id insta ding anyone with a piercing or a tatoo.

This is banking not hells angels, douchebag.

I have a tattoo and work at a Megafund. I'm glad everyone isn't as conformist and dogmatic as you are

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Mar 11, 2011
mmonkey:
leveredarb:

how the fk did u get an offer with a piercing?

Id insta ding anyone with a piercing or a tatoo.

This is banking not hells angels, douchebag.

I have a tattoo and work at a Megafund. I'm glad everyone isn't as conformist and dogmatic as you are

I actually have 5, but they aren't visible. I agree with you 100%.

Mar 11, 2011
leveredarb:

how the fk did u get an offer with a piercing?

Id insta ding anyone with a piercing or a tatoo.

This is banking not hells angels, douchebag.

Um... You just cover them up. I have my ear pierced and multiple tattoos and got more than one BB offer. With a suit on and the earring out noone gives a shit.

"Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns or dollars."

Mar 11, 2011
Independent Gestion:
leveredarb:

how the fk did u get an offer with a piercing?

Id insta ding anyone with a piercing or a tatoo.

This is banking not hells angels, douchebag.

Um... You just cover them up. I have my ear pierced and multiple tattoos and got more than one BB offer. With a suit on and the earring out noone gives a shit.

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Aren't you the kid who was preaching about old vs new money, polo playing, prestige, etc? And talking about feeling pressured to pursue the most prestigious financial career path because your "snooty," Ivy League" family (despite you being Canadian, apparently) would make you feel bad if you didn't?

Doesn't really compute with tattoos and earrings. Unless you were adopted from a cannibal tribe or something.

Mar 11, 2011

Credit Suisse have specific presentations for trans-gendered candidates. Why don't you ask on of those dudes?

Mar 11, 2011

you can hang out with the skinny tie kid

Mar 11, 2011

for real? you're going into an IBD at a BB and you don' t know the answer to this question?

I'm not hating on the ear piercings (I've been known to have them at one point my life), but don't bring that shit to work, its not college.

Mar 11, 2011

Hey you guys can't really blame me for not knowing. I actually got 2 of my BB offers not remembering to take off my earings on the superdays (I always forget since I always switch it on and off)

Assuming everyone at superday saw me with earings and gave me the offer, I had every reason to believe it "might" be appropriate

Mar 11, 2011
targetboy:

Hey you guys can't really blame me for not knowing.

we are, but you must have one seriously fucking impressive resume

adapt or die:

you can hang out with the skinny tie kid

hahahaha, true. Do you really want to be in 'that' crowd?

Mar 11, 2011
targetboy:

Hey you guys can't really blame me for not knowing.

No, we can. It's incredible boneheaded of you to assume that it would be fine.

Mar 12, 2011
targetboy:

Hey you guys can't really blame me for not knowing. I actually got 2 of my BB offers not remembering to take off my earings on the superdays (I always forget since I always switch it on and off)

Assuming everyone at superday saw me with earings and gave me the offer, I had every reason to believe it "might" be appropriate

There you go

Mar 11, 2011

No way those piercings are appropriate. Get rid of them.

Mar 11, 2011

Take said earring
Stab jugular with earring
bleed out

Mar 11, 2011
Ben Shalom Bernanke:

Take said earring
Stab jugular with earring
bleed out

This.

I can't believe some of the questions on this site....this is almost as bad as the guy who asked if it was cool to bring a handgun to work because it was an open-carry state or something. I swear you people are fucking delusional. No, it is not okay to wear earrings to a fucking bulge bracket bank. Do you really want to be that guy? It's not okay to wear earrings if you're a man, period. This includes Harrison Ford, who should really cut that shit out.

Mar 11, 2011

I wore mine studs once over my SA stint on a 'casual' Friday. My boss laughed at me and the gay admin hit on me.

Mar 11, 2011
GOB:

I wore mine studs once over my SA stint on a 'casual' Friday. My boss laughed at me and the gay admin hit on me.

And you deserved every bit of it.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Mar 11, 2011
GOB:

I wore mine studs once over my SA stint on a 'casual' Friday. My boss laughed at me and the gay admin hit on me.

OMG weird! I forgot to take out my belly button ring and wore a mid drift on casual fri! Same thing happened!

Mar 11, 2011
Ray Finkle:
GOB:

I wore mine studs once over my SA stint on a 'casual' Friday. My boss laughed at me and the gay admin hit on me.

OMG weird! I forgot to take out my belly button ring and wore a mid drift on casual fri! Same thing happened!

whoaaaa, he tapped the gay demographic.....crafty

Mar 11, 2011

just sad

Mar 11, 2011

Why on earth are you wearing earrings in the first place? What happened to the days when a man was a man and not a guy that likes to be part girl?!?

Regards

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Mar 11, 2011
cphbravo96:

Why on earth are you wearing earrings in the first place? What happened to the days when a man was a man and not a guy that likes to be part girl?!?

Regards

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4oHPsc5kfQ

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Mar 11, 2011
happypantsmcgee:
cphbravo96:

Why on earth are you wearing earrings in the first place? What happened to the days when a man was a man and not a guy that likes to be part girl?!?

Regards

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4oHPsc5kfQ

Exactly.

P.S. I like the quote in your signature.

Regards

Mar 12, 2011
cphbravo96:

Why on earth are you wearing earrings in the first place? What happened to the days when a man was a man and not a guy that likes to be part girl?!?

Regards

this ^. you're going into the wrong profession...

Mar 11, 2011

I got two piercings last Tuesday

Oui!oui!oui! Money Gives Power, Power Buys Positions

Mar 11, 2011

Totally appropriate and highly recommended.

Mar 11, 2011

Can i sag my pants.... i wore it to my SA interview and I still got the offer.... are you kidding me dude?

The answer to your question is 1) network 2) get involved 3) beef up your resume 4) repeat -happypantsmcgee

WSO is not your personal search function.

Mar 11, 2011

I'm shocked he didn't get instadinged for earrings...go figure.

Mar 11, 2011

Shit, is it that fucking easy to get in from a target school?

Mar 11, 2011

I blame the parents.

Mar 11, 2011

Sadly... All of you guys are wrong.

It makes no difference whether Yung Gotti takes off his clit jewelry. Nobody will say shit to him about it.

Asking him to do so would expose a BB to a discrimination suit, the same way telling a broad with kankles and a pack of franks for a neck that she's not FO material b/c clients would actually have to look at her.

You're golden cream puff, live the dream.

Mar 11, 2011
Midas Mulligan Magoo:

Sadly... All of you guys are wrong.

It makes no difference whether Yung Gotti takes off his clit jewelry. Nobody will say shit to him about it.

Asking him to do so would expose a BB to a discrimination suit, the same way telling a broad with kankles and a pack of franks for a neck that she's not FO material b/c clients would actually have to look at her.

You're golden cream puff, live the dream.

I don't know which bank you worked at, but this is not true at the BB I worked for less than 5 years ago.

Leave the earrings at home.

Mar 11, 2011
bankbank:
Midas Mulligan Magoo:

Sadly... All of you guys are wrong.

It makes no difference whether Yung Gotti takes off his clit jewelry. Nobody will say shit to him about it.

Asking him to do so would expose a BB to a discrimination suit, the same way telling a broad with kankles and a pack of franks for a neck that she's not FO material b/c clients would actually have to look at her.

You're golden cream puff, live the dream.

I don't know which bank you worked at, but this is not true at the BB I worked for less than 5 years ago.

Leave the earrings at home.

oh bankbank "which bank you worked at," lol

The answer to your question is 1) network 2) get involved 3) beef up your resume 4) repeat -happypantsmcgee

WSO is not your personal search function.

Mar 11, 2011
bankbank:
Midas Mulligan Magoo:

Sadly... All of you guys are wrong.

It makes no difference whether Yung Gotti takes off his clit jewelry. Nobody will say shit to him about it.

Asking him to do so would expose a BB to a discrimination suit, the same way telling a broad with kankles and a pack of franks for a neck that she's not FO material b/c clients would actually have to look at her.

You're golden cream puff, live the dream.

I don't know which bank you worked at, but this is not true at the BB I worked for a few years ago.

Leave the earrings at home.

edit

leave the earrings at home until you get 1st year bonus and baller PE offer. then put them back in and show up at noon everyday.

buy side, strong side. haha

Mar 11, 2011
Midas Mulligan Magoo:

Sadly... All of you guys are wrong.

It makes no difference whether Yung Gotti takes off his clit jewelry. Nobody will say shit to him about it.

Asking him to do so would expose a BB to a discrimination suit, the same way telling a broad with kankles and a pack of franks for a neck that she's not FO material b/c clients would actually have to look at her.

You're golden cream puff, live the dream.

Gotdamnit! Where's the fucking "like" button?! This is awesome MMM!

Mar 12, 2011
txjustin:
Midas Mulligan Magoo:

Sadly... All of you guys are wrong.

It makes no difference whether Yung Gotti takes off his clit jewelry. Nobody will say shit to him about it.

Asking him to do so would expose a BB to a discrimination suit, the same way telling a broad with kankles and a pack of franks for a neck that she's not FO material b/c clients would actually have to look at her.

You're golden cream puff, live the dream.

Gotdamnit! Where's the fucking "like" button?! This is awesome MMM!

Are they really that frowned upon? Or is it the older people that won't get over the fact that it doesn't matter what you look like as long as you pull that job off well and you don't distract others more than you would without the earrings?

And SB for both of you. Glad there are some sensible people on here.

It's what you put into it

Mar 11, 2011

I wouldn't rock the earrings, but thats more preference. I dont see you actually like getting in trouble or told not to wear them or anything though.

And somebody mentioned tattoos. You can wear long sleeves to work everyday for the rest of your life. The only way anybody I work with is seeing my tattoos is if we go on vacation together. And im not planning on that ever.

Mar 11, 2011

As long as you wear square toe shoes, suspenders, and a skinny tie you'll be good...also I hear good will is having a sale on purple velvet suits...definately right up your alley

Mar 11, 2011
RUtrading:

As long as you wear square toe shoes, suspenders, and a skinny tie you'll be good...also I hear good will is having a sale on purple velvet suits...definately right up your alley

Also, nothing says bull market like a bull ring in your nose.

Mar 11, 2011
Ben Shalom Bernanke:
RUtrading:

As long as you wear square toe shoes, suspenders, and a skinny tie you'll be good...also I hear good will is having a sale on purple velvet suits...definately right up your alley

Also, nothing says bull market like a bull ring in your nose.

Laughing hysterically!

Go for broke dude, get a rainbow colored punkrocker mohawk and cruise up to the interview on a skateboard.

Mar 11, 2011

So being half-black makes piercings/ink okay? Damn affirmative action, DAMN

Mar 11, 2011

I wonder which poster has the most tats on WSO

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Mar 11, 2011

Just get your right ear pierced so you don't have to bother with telling people you're a faggot.

Mar 11, 2011

stop having sand in your vagina guys, covered tattoos and ear rings out were obv. not included in my post.

Mar 11, 2011

people on this site can't comprehend a guy wearing an earring. but then again, they probably thought it was cool to smoke and have long hair and rise harley davidson motorcycles when they were young (I can also make ridiculous social stereotypical analogies)

I wore both earrings to all of my interviews after asking on this site if i should take them out. everyone said yes take them out but i didn't. out of 3 interviews, I received 3 second round interviews.

When I posted this topic they made stupid jersey shore references and stuff like that and just said I had no style. I dont think it is appropriate for the analyst stint but in general, a guy wearing an earring is perfectly fine. (i have both ears pierced and so do most of my friends. they all got numerous offers and we go to an ivy league school. they have no reflection of personality)

"Look, you're my best friend, so don't take this the wrong way. In twenty years, if you're still livin' here, comin' over to my house to watch the Patriots games, still workin' construction, I'll fuckin' kill you. That's not a threat, that's a fact.

Mar 11, 2011
Will Hunting:

i have both ears pierced and so do most of my friends.

Wow. I am happy to say I have never seen such a clan. Another benefit of avoiding the Union states, perhaps.

And I don't know anyone who thought it was cool to ride a harley and have long hair, at any age. Sounds like a meth lab employee/vietnam vet who searches the on-ramp for cigarette butts.

Mar 11, 2011
Will Hunting:

in general, a guy wearing an earring is perfectly fine. (i have both ears pierced and so do most of my friends.

Good one. In no way is a man wearing earrings "perfectly fine."

Mar 11, 2011
Eric Stratton:
Will Hunting:

in general, a guy wearing an earring is perfectly fine. (i have both ears pierced and so do most of my friends.

Good one. In no way is a man wearing earrings "perfectly fine."

right. says who...you? in fact, during my one interview at BlackRock the interviewer notcied mine and brought them up (i had forgotten to take them out so i thought he was going to ding me) and said that he used to have his in too before he started working. and he was like 30

"Look, you're my best friend, so don't take this the wrong way. In twenty years, if you're still livin' here, comin' over to my house to watch the Patriots games, still workin' construction, I'll fuckin' kill you. That's not a threat, that's a fact.

Mar 13, 2011
Will Hunting:

people on this site can't comprehend a guy wearing an earring. but then again, they probably thought it was cool to smoke and have long hair and rise harley davidson motorcycles when they were young (I can also make ridiculous social stereotypical analogies)

I wore both earrings to all of my interviews after asking on this site if i should take them out. everyone said yes take them out but i didn't. out of 3 interviews, I received 3 second round interviews.

When I posted this topic they made stupid jersey shore references and stuff like that and just said I had no style. I dont think it is appropriate for the analyst stint but in general, a guy wearing an earring is perfectly fine. (i have both ears pierced and so do most of my friends. they all got numerous offers and we go to an ivy league school. they have no reflection of personality)

hahaha, yikes... are most of your friends female shopping buddies?

Act like a MAN you androgynous bastard!

Mar 11, 2011

^ I did not go to an ivy and am judged by different standards. I still broke in, but it's not the same for you guys.

Mar 11, 2011

I also have a tat but its not visible. I love the people on this board who say earrings are "gay"...seriously you guys are such jerk-offs. I guess anyone who doesnt wear khakis and a blue brooks brothers shirt isnt conformist enough to hang with you guys...sounds like we have a really fun crowd here on WSO!

However, on the original subject, I agree that a 22 year old analyst shouldnt wear earrings...down the road if you have been successful and earned respect then you can pop back in the earrings and people will think you are "eccentric" but at age 22 you just look like someone who doesnt understand the culture in the office. Not sure if MMM is right about the legal aspect, but I think it just isnt right for a young employee...you have to show respect and dress in the herd mentality when you are at work until you have earned enuff respect to have your own style.

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Mar 11, 2011
Bondarb:

I also have a tat but its not visible. I love the people on this board who say earrings are "gay"...seriously you guys are such jerk-offs. I guess anyone who doesnt wear khakis and a blue brooks brothers shirt isnt conformist enough to hang with you guys...sounds like we have a really fun crowd here on WSO!

However, on the original subject, I agree that a 22 year old analyst shouldnt wear earrings...down the road if you have been successful and earned respect then you can pop back in the earrings and people will think you are "eccentric" but at age 22 you just look like someone who doesnt understand the culture in the office. Not sure if MMM is right about the legal aspect, but I think it just isnt right for a young employee...you have to show respect and dress in the herd mentality when you are at work until you have earned enuff respect to have your own style.

completely agree. thank you for also seeing my point. I am not the op but i posted a few posts earlier about the people on this site and how everything is so stupid or gay, such as earrings and tatoos. i swear all of the people on this site were losers in college and never had any friends or had sex with girls. contrary to popular belief, college girls do not like balding guys who wear khakis and button ups all the time.

"Look, you're my best friend, so don't take this the wrong way. In twenty years, if you're still livin' here, comin' over to my house to watch the Patriots games, still workin' construction, I'll fuckin' kill you. That's not a threat, that's a fact.

Mar 12, 2011
Will Hunting:
Bondarb:

I also have a tat but its not visible. I love the people on this board who say earrings are "gay"...seriously you guys are such jerk-offs. I guess anyone who doesnt wear khakis and a blue brooks brothers shirt isnt conformist enough to hang with you guys...sounds like we have a really fun crowd here on WSO!

However, on the original subject, I agree that a 22 year old analyst shouldnt wear earrings...down the road if you have been successful and earned respect then you can pop back in the earrings and people will think you are "eccentric" but at age 22 you just look like someone who doesnt understand the culture in the office. Not sure if MMM is right about the legal aspect, but I think it just isnt right for a young employee...you have to show respect and dress in the herd mentality when you are at work until you have earned enuff respect to have your own style.

completely agree. thank you for also seeing my point. I am not the op but i posted a few posts earlier about the people on this site and how everything is so stupid or gay, such as earrings and tatoos. i swear all of the people on this site were losers in college and never had any friends or had sex with girls. contrary to popular belief, college girls do not like balding guys who wear khakis and button ups all the time.

Dude, you have to be THE worse person at making a point ever! So some guys think wearing earrings is a girl thing (mostly because the only people who wore them when we were growing up were our moms and sisters) and we are somehow losers? The fact is, earrings on men aren't stylish and they don't look cool, you just think you look cool/hard/badass. And guess what...I've never wore an earring in my life and I'm not bald and I don't wear khakis and button ups all the time and I've had sex with women. Is that what your campus looks like? Half the people are cool with earrings and the rest look like George Costanza?

Do you also have a dream catcher hanging over your jewelry box because I just wanted to let you know that a dream catcher only works if your dream is to be gay as fuck.

Regards

Mar 12, 2011
Bondarb:

I also have a tat but its not visible.

I'm guessing dolphins frolicking on the small of your back. Am I close?

Mar 11, 2011

Why is the Situation and Pauly D on this board. I'd much wear khakis and polos than jersey shore shit

Mar 11, 2011

its not like the only two options are khakis and polos and "jersey shore shit"...

Mar 12, 2011

Whether or not earrings are "cool" or not is irrelevent. I dont have my ears pierced and I never have. But people who make a big deal of saying that earrings are "gay" or for "girls" are being tools. Some people like to be a bit more creative with their style and its nothing you need to be scared of or offended by. And while I cant speak to anything but my own experience, guys who dress in "the uniform" (khakis, polos, etc) tend to have a hard time getting laid after a certain age...most really attractive women are not interested in a guy who dresses in a way that screams "I am boring". Maybe this isnt true in other places, but where I live and go out to meet girls it definitely is...

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Mar 12, 2011
Bondarb:

Whether or not earrings are "cool" or not is irrelevent. I dont have my ears pierced and I never have. But people who make a big deal of saying that earrings are "gay" or for "girls" are being tools. Some people like to be a bit more creative with their style and its nothing you need to be scared of or offended by. And while I cant speak to anything but my own experience, guys who dress in "the uniform" (khakis, polos, etc) tend to have a hard time getting laid after a certain age...most really attractive women are not interested in a guy who dresses in a way that screams "I am boring". Maybe this isnt true in other places, but where I live and go out to meet girls it definitely is...

I didn't realize that an earring counted as 'creative style' and I didn't realize that chicks sleep with guys because of what they wear. My roommate rocks khakis and polos non-stop and this guy's bedroom is like a revolving door...it's almost as though the girls care more about his looks and personality than the clothes he has on. Please note that he doesn't wear an earring either.

I also think purses are for girls too but I guess chicks might like a guy who is creative enough to wear one of those too. What do I know, I'm not a fashion expert.

Regards

Mar 12, 2011

I met a PE guy at a conference in NYC. He rocks a pink mohawk. Thats when you know you dont give a fuck

Mar 12, 2011

I'm not really sure I agree with the "earrings = cool" or "no earrings = you didn't have sex or friends in college" sentiment, but whatever floats your boat. Maybe it's different for azn breakdancers than for white guys at ivy league schools.

To be honest, if I was interviewing a kid and he was wearing an earring to the interview, I would ding the shit out of him, even if he was a 4.0 from MIT who led his own leveraged buyout as a high school student. No matter what your point of view is on men and jewelry, it shows poor judgment/attitude/maturity to wear that to an investment banking interview. Anything you do to make me question your judgment, attitude or maturity is going to get you dinged.

Mar 12, 2011

This thread reminds me of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvltzwkUEEA
some of you guys are tools... I was a body piercer so I had almost everything pierced at one point (not much else to do in a tattoo shop when you're bored). And would somebody seriously ding somebody if they had a concealable tattoo? Please tell me the majority of the people I want to work with in the future aren't as closed minded as these people. I could understand people getting annoyed at a question like this, but so much hate over a little piece of metal in the ear? get over yourself.

If your dreams don't scare you, then they are not big enough.

"There are two types of people in this world: People who say they pee in the shower, and dirty fucking liars."-Louis C.K.

Mar 12, 2011

This is all relative. While most don't wear it or wear where it's not seen. I knew an MD who had an ear piercing (large one too). Of course he's an MD, but it demonstrated the culture, so i am sure an analyst wouldn't be looked down upon that much. Do expect some questions and maybe making fun of. And saying that you like it is usually not good enough reason. Definitely, take them off during client meetings because the last thing you want is someone saying that the reason you didn't get the business is because of your piercing.

My advice is don't wear it and avoid any trouble, but some bank cultures might look at it differently, so if it matters a lot to you, you can probably get a way with it.

Do what you want not what you can!

Mar 12, 2011

A concealable tatoo wouldn't be a ding unless you tell the interviewer. You are probably wearing a suit and they can't see the tatoo. Concealable tatoos aren't an issue, they aren't visible. But when you look like you just came from the face painting booth at the carnival, there is a problem.

I don't have an earring, but I would take it out. You have a better chance of getting dinged with it than without it. You goal should be to look professional during an interview. More often than not an earring at an interview may be construed as unprofessional. When you have the job, do whatever you want within the policies of the company.

Mar 12, 2011

Is it okay that I had my scrotum pierced?

Mar 12, 2011

god everyone in banking is such a boring conformist loser

Mar 16, 2011
arden:

god everyone in banking is such a boring conformist loser

yup. pretty much.

Mar 12, 2011

Haven't been reading the thread, only the title....But piercings are only appropriate for women, black men and latino men.

Mar 12, 2011
Dr Barnaby Fulton:

Haven't been reading the thread, only the title....But piercings are only appropriate for women, black men and latino men.

Really so I'm white because I am clean cut no piercings and no tattoos make me white? Good one.

The answer to your question is 1) network 2) get involved 3) beef up your resume 4) repeat -happypantsmcgee

WSO is not your personal search function.

Mar 13, 2011
blackfinancier:
Dr Barnaby Fulton:

Haven't been reading the thread, only the title....But piercings are only appropriate for women, black men and latino men.

Really so I'm white because I am clean cut no piercings and no tattoos make me white? Good one.

Yes. All black men definitely have piercings and tattoos and are not clean cut. That's completely what I'm implying here....

But really, I think black guys pull off an earring off better than white guys. Kevin Garnett wearing an earring = cool. Aaron Rogers wearing an earring = not cool. That's just my opinion.

Mar 12, 2011

I can see the Op going in the first day with his piercings out and then later getting let go as they weren't hiring the URM they thought they were. Way to go guys, you just got the poor bastard fired.

Dec 2, 2011

why did this thread go on so long?

bottom lines:

-wearing visible tattoos or earrings (for guys) into banking interviews is a bad idea. don't do this if you are trying to get the job. at worst you get the interviewer who wants to call you a faggot and punch you. at best you get the guy who doesn't give a fuck about your personal style but views the visible earring/tatt as a lack of judgment on your part. also don't tell an interviewer that you have earrings or covered tatts

-likewise if you are just starting as an analyst or associate (or if you are starting a new banking job at almost any level, unless you are vice chairman or frank quattrone). if you are new to the job, no earrings or visible tattoos

-wearing earrings or visible tattoos in a banking or similar finance job will, in almost all cases, not help your career. at best it will be neutral. a big part of advancing in these careers is politics and perception. as evidenced by the majority of posters on this board, a lot of people in finance do not look kindly upon this and it will cause some people at the bank (and some will be your superiors making bonus/promotion decisions) to view you in a more negative light. if you are a rockstar employee with a couple years of experience/credibility at your job, you can probably put your earring back in and get away with it, but, again, it will not help your career. (also, the degree to which it is negative for your career will vary depending on where you work, e.g., worse for you at a place like Goldman than say a place like CS).

finally, and these are just opinions and not "bottom lines," the posts on this thread about people being gay and what not are getting way out of hand. obviously wearing an earring does not make you gay and so what if it did. i honestly would have more questions about a straight guy at a bank with earrings and his judgment than I would about a banker that was just gay. if they are smart and do the work, who cares. i know a gay guy working at a megafund and 90% of the monkeys on this forum would turn gay just to have his job. however, 90%+ of the monkeys on this forum could not get his job because they are not nearly as smart or as hard working as he is. you guys need to spend less time bashing people on this thread because of their style or sex orientation, and more time reading the threads on valuation, accounting, and interviewing techniques.

Mar 12, 2011

LOL thread.

Ill add my $0.02, especially to the idiots making a point 'oooh youre so lame and conformist for being typical with no tatoos/piercings'.

Interviews are about business/business casual attire.
Would you go in with sandals and shorts? No. So take your piercings out, and if you really want to have your body penetrated by something other than a dildo, then yes put that earring back in when you get home.

Mar 12, 2011

Jesus, why the fuck is everyone here such dickbags? Leave the kid alone. Everyone comes from different places and everyone has different styles that they enjoy. Just because he has a different conception of fashion doesnt mean that you guys have to be douches about it. Half of you have probably never even worked in banking.

That having been said, the earrings are not appropriate. You can get your ear pierced again after your SA stint is over.

Mar 12, 2011

European Banking is more open I would say. I remember seeing a Deutsche Bank recruiting video and an analyst had a Flock of Seagulls type haircut.

Yes, US banking is a fratty, brooks brothers wearing, country club - accept it or move on.

Mar 12, 2011

This reminds me of the time my father commented to me, after coming home with my ear piereced, "All men who wear jewellry are "assh-----."

At 15 pumped up on Vitamin-T, I didn't believe him. By 16, I started to understand after the earing was ripped out during a fight with some townies.

Eerything matters in BB, in PE, etc. If you're fat and ugly -- there are some people who will try to keep you locked under the staircase or up in the attic.

If you're of a different race, sexual preference or religion then the "power structure" of your firm (tribe) and your targets/clients -- then you will suffer sometimes. We all have our own private hell to endure.

Then again, you've made a decision to enter the life/culture of BB -- conform to your tribe's values or find a way of making the inherent conflict work for you.

L'enfer c'est les autres!

"That State which separates it's scholars from it's warriors will have it's thinking done by cowards, and it's fighting done by fools."

  • Thucydides, from The Peloponnesian Wars.
Mar 12, 2011
istanbulblue:

This reminds me of the time my father commented to me, after coming home with my ear piereced, "All men who wear jewellry are "assh-----."

At 15 pumped up on Vitamin-T, I didn't believe him. By 16, I started to understand after the earing was ripped out during a fight with some townies.

So you finally understood that all men who wear jewelry are assholes because you got yours ripped out during a fight?

Can you please explain how you came up with that?

If your dreams don't scare you, then they are not big enough.

"There are two types of people in this world: People who say they pee in the shower, and dirty fucking liars."-Louis C.K.

Mar 12, 2011

this thread is still alive?

lmfao

"I am Shiva the god of death"

Mar 12, 2011

Theres a difference between having a piercing and wearing an earring/stud.

Nobody is going to care if you have a hole in your earlobe. In a professional setting, just don't wear a stud/earring. Save that shit for a free night out at the bars.

Banking.

Mar 12, 2011

:-)

Mar 12, 2011

how did this joker get an offer?

Mar 16, 2011
HBS_or_Bust:

how did this joker get an offer?

ha! he's a joker cuz he asked if he can wear his earrings? wtf? go jump off a building, cunt.

Mar 13, 2011

Joker got an offer from Deustche Bank and Barclays. THE Goldman Sachs or Morgan Stanley wouldn't go for that shit.

Mar 15, 2011

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I don't accept sacrifices and I don't make them. ... If ever the pleasure of one has to be bought by the pain of the other, there better be no trade at all. A trade by which one gains and the other loses is a fraud.

Mar 13, 2011

You can have them if you are OK being singled out on an everyday basis

Mar 13, 2011

It depends. Do you look more baller with them than without them?

Mar 13, 2011

lol... like I said, some of you guys come off as real tools

and I'm not talking about the guys that just get a needle stuck through their ear. The fact that some people are so disgusted by such a minor thing on another person that does not effect them whatsoever is ridiculous and screams of insecurity.

If your dreams don't scare you, then they are not big enough.

"There are two types of people in this world: People who say they pee in the shower, and dirty fucking liars."-Louis C.K.

Mar 13, 2011

The racism and homophobia on this site is astounding.

Mar 13, 2011
persimmon:

The racism and homophobia on this site is astounding.

Says the guy with the Greg Louganis profile pic.

Mar 13, 2011
Edmundo Braverman:
persimmon:

The racism and homophobia on this site is astounding.

Says the guy with the Greg Louganis profile pic.

It's Michael Phelps, but if it were famous and accomplished gay diver Greg Lougainis, what would be your point? Is my own point about people dropping the word 'faggot' like it aint no thing or saying that only latinos or blacks can wear earings (because it fits with racial stereotypes about these groups of people) less relevant if I had had a gay man as my user pic? Please explain.

Mar 13, 2011
Edmundo Braverman:
persimmon:

The racism and homophobia on this site is astounding.

Says the guy with the Greg Louganis profile pic.

....greg louganis actually accomplished more then everybody on this board combined. Common Eddie I expect more from you..are you really on par with the frat-boy-types on this board who are threatened by people who have tattoos and think only people who wear brooks bros work on wall st?

Mar 13, 2011
Edmundo Braverman:
persimmon:

The racism and homophobia on this site is astounding.

Says the guy with the Greg Louganis profile pic.

Haha, I was thinking the same thing. LGBToasis!

Mar 13, 2011

Maybee you could be one of the Investment Bankers who represents the NFL Playaz Union.

Mar 15, 2011

I used to have earrings, had nipples pierced, and have tattoos. Use a little common since though. Take them the fuck out when you are interviewing.

Mar 15, 2011

did you take out even your nip rings when interviewing?

If your dreams don't scare you, then they are not big enough.

"There are two types of people in this world: People who say they pee in the shower, and dirty fucking liars."-Louis C.K.

Mar 15, 2011

I took those out a few years ago. Not due to interviewing or anything, but because they weren't pierced right and never healed correctly.

Mar 16, 2011

No piercings unless you are female.

Mar 16, 2011
southy:

No piercings unless you are female.

yeah I could tell everything about you by your username.

Mar 17, 2011
coach.captain:
southy:

No piercings unless you are female.

yeah I could tell everything about you by your username.

^ Good Will Hunting?

Mar 17, 2011

Where the fvck are you trying to work at!? H & M? Take that sh!t out.

Mar 17, 2011

Very simple.... No.

Mar 17, 2011

you should get a prince albert. you can tie your cock to your leg with it and it makes your suit look better

also to OP: doubtful it's appropriate. wear whatever you feel comfortable with.

some of your boss's clients (50yo+ traditional men) might comment "on the fucking hood ornament stuck on your head" when you're not in the room. but if you feel you need to keep them go ahead. i took my 3 out when i started having people give me more responsibility.

it was around that time that i started realising that making a statement was worth less to me than making a good impression on older people

Mar 17, 2011

No, you can't where an earing because no else wears one.

Nov 12, 2011

sorry to bring this back up but let's say you have a very small piercing that you've had for years. I don't plan on wearing in a corporate office but let's just say. how would it be perceived?

like of this magnitude
http://halesiadesigns.com/sitebuildercontent/siteb...

Nov 14, 2011
Lotin:

sorry to bring this back up but let's say you have a very small piercing that you've had for years. I don't plan on wearing in a corporate office but let's just say. how would it be perceived?

like of this magnitude
http://halesiadesigns.com/sitebuildercontent/siteb...

If you're not wearing it in an office why would it matter? Also, I'd have thought the last 3 pages would have demonstrated that any earing is perhaps not appropriate. I had 2, took both out about a year ago.

Dec 9, 2011

I get everyone's point here but can I just say I forgot to takeout the 3 additional era studs in addition to the two regular earrings, both during the interview and at work... and nobody seemed to have cared?

My good friend also has a nose pierce and she got through everything fine as well...

I don't accept sacrifices and I don't make them. ... If ever the pleasure of one has to be bought by the pain of the other, there better be no trade at all. A trade by which one gains and the other loses is a fraud.

Dec 13, 2011

no piercing doesnt go with the make over that suits the job environment. for girl they can come up with traditional piercing but nontraditional piercing is not expected. however that is my opinion.

Dec 17, 2011
heather250987:

no piercing doesnt go with the make over that suits the job environment. for girl they can come up with traditional piercing but nontraditional piercing is not expected. however that is my opinion.

I didn't understand a word of that...

I don't accept sacrifices and I don't make them. ... If ever the pleasure of one has to be bought by the pain of the other, there better be no trade at all. A trade by which one gains and the other loses is a fraud.

Dec 13, 2011

Trolololol man up you gypsy.

The HBS guys have MAD SWAGGER. They frequently wear their class jackets to boston bars, strutting and acting like they own the joint. They just ooze success, confidence, swagger, basically attributes of alpha males.

Dec 17, 2011

You could always just take it out.

Dec 17, 2011

i have a tattoo on my leg (close to my ankle). to the interview i wore pants so they couldn't tell. but does that mean i need to avoid wearing skirts? have you seen anyone at work with a tattoo showing?

Dec 17, 2011

companies should have documents on their dress code (along with few hundred pages of other codes, including chinese wall stuff) for you to read after hiring you

Dec 17, 2011

No one's going to fire you because of this - but it's probably one of those situations in which you wear your piercing at your own risk. Maybe no one will say anything to you or people will think it's cool, but do you really want to stick out or be remembered by senior bankers as the girl with the "weird piercing"? Why risk derailing your professional reputation because of such a small thing...?

Dec 17, 2011

piercing and bright colored boy cut hair? doesnt exactly ring appropriate female banker to me but i would comment that this also depends a lot on which bank you are working at imo. some on the street are certainly more conservative than others (hate to generalize but the "american" banks are generally more conservative than the european ones)

Dec 17, 2011

There is no way I'd let you out of the office with that piercing. Tattoos are also a no no. Most clients you'll meet (the non wall street ones at the very least) are grayhairs who will not think very highly of their advisor showing up with piercings and tattoos.

Dec 17, 2011

have once in a while walked around with their tattoos showing but even they try to hide it.

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"Oh the ladies ever tell you that you look like a fucking optical illusion" - Frank Slaughtery 25th Hour.

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We're Italian, "WACC" means something else to us.