Personal appearance on job interviews (weird situation)

  1. Alright, here goes. I had my wisdom teeth extracted about 4 weeks ago. They healed fine and I thought that was it. Recently I've developed swelling and some pain in the extraction site, probably dry socket. I AM NOT ASKING FOR MEDICAL ADVICE; I'm seeing my oral surgeon tomorrow morning. Assuming everything goes alright tomorrow with my surgeon, I have a job interview later in the morning tomorrow. Would it be completely idiotic for me to go on a job interview with half of a swollen face, explaining the situation if necessary or should I just re-schedule? I can talk just fine but I'm worried about looking funny. I know it's probably silly and as long as I dress up and sell myself I can still probably stand a chance but I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with a situation like this or advice.

    Thanks,
    Christine
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  3. by   Jolie
    If your oral surgeon OK's it, I would go.

    I had my wisdom teeth pulled when I was in my late 20's. I took a few days off work and returned, thinking that I didn't look too bad. One of my co-workers said she was relieved to hear that I'd had teeth pulled, as she was worried that I'd gotten beaten up. I didn't think I looked that bad!

    In this tight job market, it may be detrimental to push back an interview. I'd just be certain to explain things.

    Good luck!
    Last edit by Jolie on May 7, '09
  4. by   allison_lpn
    Bless your heart!! I would still go to the interview. Or maybe see of you can push your Dr appt back til after the interview. Good Luck with your interview and I hope you get to feeling better quickly!!
  5. by   pagandeva2000
    Go to the interview if your doc says okay, get the job (hopefully) and get better soon!
  6. by   Nola824
    Seize the opportunity (if allowed from your surgeon), you can explain your face if you'd like at the interview. If the manager has a problem with it, you probably don't want to work for her anyway...
  7. by   GrumpyRN63
    I'd go on the interview and explain your situation, I would think the interviewer would appreciate your effort and perseverence under your circumstances, go for it, good luck!!
  8. by   changeofpaceRN
    I too would go and tell them upfront. To ME, that shows this job is impt to you and you aren't one to call off because you are sick...
  9. by   pinkiepie_RN
    Quote from alleigh_lpn
    Bless your heart!! I would still go to the interview. Or maybe see of you can push your Dr appt back til after the interview. Good Luck with your interview and I hope you get to feeling better quickly!!
    I wanted so badly to go today but I had class and they're in surgery during the afternoon so they said they could only do me early in the day. I'm going to see how I feel when I wake up and go from there...see if I can re-schedule for next week maybe.
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    The consensus so far is to go . .... but I think you had your mind made up already.

    I'd go too.

    My son was hit in the face with a baseball on Sunday - he has a lovely purple and blue eye - but he went to work anyway. Made for conversation starters.

    steph
  11. by   FAVORED1
    I'd go to the interview as most previously stated, during this particular time in life it may be detrimental. The interviewer may have had a similar situation, you may both gets a few laughs from this. Good luck!!
  12. by   Scrubby
    To the OP: If you go to the interview then definately mention to them that you've had surgery, it would demonstrate that you are keen and eager for the position.


    Quote from changeofpaceRN
    I too would go and tell them upfront. To ME, that shows this job is impt to you and you aren't one to call off because you are sick...
    I completely disagree with what your saying here and this sort of attitude quite frankly is just ridiculous. People SHOULD call off when they are sick, I don't want to work alongside nurses who are going to spread their germs to patients and staff. If someone has surgery then they shouldn't come in to work then should be able to recuperate and get better so they can work more efficiently.
  13. by   CathyLew
    like some others said, I would go, and explaine the situation. You could say, I just came from a dental procedure, and didn't want to reschedule, since i understand how valuable your time is....

    Your prospective employer may look at it as showing that you would show up for work and not abuse sick time.

    and good luck at both the dentist and the interview!
  14. by   changeofpaceRN
    Quote from Scrubby
    To the OP: If you go to the interview then definately mention to them that you've had surgery, it would demonstrate that you are keen and eager for the position.




    I completely disagree with what your saying here and this sort of attitude quite frankly is just ridiculous. People SHOULD call off when they are sick, I don't want to work alongside nurses who are going to spread their germs to patients and staff. If someone has surgery then they shouldn't come in to work then should be able to recuperate and get better so they can work more efficiently.

    Yes people should call off when they are sick and capable of spreading something contagious. When I said sick in THIS circumstance, I meant for her situation. I wasn't aware that you could catch a swollen face... she is going in for a 30 min interview and that shows initiative, she is not going in for a 12 hr shift. Some people might find that "ridiculous" but to each their own.

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