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Open carrying to a job interview...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Autolycus, Sep 6, 2009.

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  1. Autolycus

    Autolycus Member

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    I am applying for a job in another state and I will be flying out for the interview. I am not able to conceal carry in the state as my permit is not valid there. However I am legally allowed to open carry. So I am thinking I should open carry to the interview. Has anyone done this, and how did it go?

    ETA: I will be in an unfamiliar big city where I don't know anybody. I am also not sure what areas are dangerous and what are not. I am hesitant to disarm for fear of my own safety. I don't like the idea of a gun stolen out of my rental car. So this is why I am not sure leaving it in the car is a good idea. And I don't trust hotel staff either.
     
  2. General Geoff

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    Is this job in the firearms industry?

    If not, are you actually hoping to LAND a job? Let's put it this way: There's a chance that the interviewer is a gun enthusiast who supports open carry, and in that case you've got a point in your favour. If, however, he's not (which is far more likely), you've shot yourself in the foot and may actually result in them asking you to leave before the interview begins.

    It's a bold move, and is indeed your move to make. But if you really need this job, I'd take the risk of going unarmed just this once.
     
  3. camslam

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    One vote for really not a good idea, unless of course you are applying for a job at a gun store. :)

    Otherwise, not really the message you probably want to send right off the bat.

    Although I would NEVER, EVER, even think about suggesting something illegal, concealed means concealed. Just a thought.
     
  4. mp510

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    If you show up with a visible weapon at the interview, you can kiss any chance of getting the job good-bye. Most companies have issues with their employees carrying at all (on the job). What message will it say when you show up in the office with a weapon strapped to your side?
     
  5. Eightball

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    While it depends on the job, my immediate guess would be that such actions would not impress a possible future employer.
     
  6. Deus Machina

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    These guys have said it all, really.

    I wouldn't be too worried about the car, assuming it's not in an obviously bad part of the town. Lock it up in the glovebox.
     
  7. THE DARK KNIGHT

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    Lock the gun in the car. No matter how unfamiliar you are with the city, or how bad you think it is, you and the gun will be just fine. 99.99999% of the time an open carried weapon at work will make sure you DON'T get the job.
     
  8. PandaBearBG

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    Well depending on the job I don't think it would be prudent to open carry one with you. I am an advocate of carrying and self preservation, but I would say don't. It may project the wrong image and may give you a less than desirable effect on your potential employers. It may project the image of distrust towards them and their business if you go in armed, even if you are LEGALLY allowed to. You don't want the any of their focus off you, the potential new hire, to your firearm. They don't know you and may not appreciate being locked in a room with an armed stranger.

    I know if I was an employer for the average office job or even factory job I would be wary of a gun. If the job you are apply for is security/LE/or any position that requires firearms, I think it best to learn their practices and procedures before coming in armed, it may even be against their policies, instant stike one!
    Most hotels come with hotel room safes. You could also keep it there. Call your hotel and check. If you absolutely must take it with you I would suggest locking it in a compact pistol case and shove it in your laptop/portfolio bag while in your interview. That way the pistol is with you but technically not concealed since it is cased you can carry it with you. I'm pretty sure that's ok. If all else just carry a pocket knife if you can't bring your gun.

    Just my thoughts.
     
  9. JohnKSa

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    Your job during an interview is to keep the interview focused on the job, on your strong points and to avoid absolutely ANYTHING that could cast you in a negative or controversial light.

    Get a conservative hair cut, get rid of facial hair, hide piercings and tattoos as much as possible, dress conservatively, don't talk about hobbies and if you are forced to, discuss something mainstream. Don't tell jokes, don't discuss likes and dislikes except as they relate specifically to the job. Don't discuss politics or religion. Don't discuss your medical problems or sexual proclivities. Do NOT carry a firearm to the interview.

    Frankly I feel like I'm doing your potential employer a tremendous disservice by giving you this advice. As much as I like firearms I would never hire anyone whose judgement was so poor that it prompted them to openly carry one to a job interview.
     
  10. PandaBearBG

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    OldSkoolFan - if you hired a plumber or a cleaning crew to your house, and he was carrying, what would you think? "Oh it's ok he's just enforcing his right to carry." Personally I would think "D**n! this guys gonna rob me! ***!" Even if it is a right you gotta have some boundries and some common sense.
     
  11. Lonestar49

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    +1 for GG's post-reply

    ...

    In a nutshell:

    Bears repeating,

    Luck,


    Ls
     
  12. wrs840

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    Oldskoolfan, It sounds like you already know that guns may be unwelcome at the place you're applying. I think you should learn "where not to go" in this "big city" and leave the gun at home. Cabs are good way to get around in big cities for these situations. If the job is in a crap part of town, you may want to rethink working there anyway.

    OTOH, if you land the job, you may want to get yourself elected to City Council and achieve a small step toward changing the balance of power from the people that have owned big-cities for the last half-century+ and convince some of the dangerous "big-city" folks that the Statist policies that have a boot on their necks aren't working... at all (look at the results) ...for any of the folks that Statists claim to champion/advocate for.

    Les
     
  13. The Lone Haranguer

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    {whistle}

    This is what small pocket guns were made for.

    Agreed. Don't even bring up the other things mentioned in John's post. However, many interviewers like to "feel" you by having you "tell us about yourself" and may ask about your hobbies. You could make up something, but this might backfire on you, e.g., if you say you like to hunt and fish but the interviewer turns out to be a vegan. :evil:
     
  14. Sav .250

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    Unless your trying to prove a point, why not leave your weapon at home and do your interview.
    Your "flying out" so were is your weapon going to be ? Not trying to be mean here but you seem some what paranoid about this issue. Good luck on your interview.
     
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    Leave your guns at home Bill, leave your guns at home. Johnny Cash wrote that and it applies here. In many states that allow open carry you well find that the larger cities well have laws against it.
     
  16. IndispensableDestiny

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    You are joking, right?
     
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    No pussyfooting around it and this may seem harsh but needs saying.

    First, simply having to ask this question should be a concern for you.

    You have a computer, do a search
    If your staying in a hotel, ask the front desk
    Ask the company you are interviewing with

    Unless the role you are interviewing for requires use of a firearm AND they have specifically informed you to bring a firearm with you then carrying is the most stupid thing you can do. Interviews are NOT to get an individual a job they are to highlight the individuals who they will not employ.

    Second, a firearm is a single tool, not some magic wand that protects you from evil. If you can't use your eyes and common sense to avoid dodgy situations and areas then you should really re-consider your reasons for CCW.
     
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  18. scottaschultz

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    It better be a damn good job to work some place where you fear for your safety!

    Scott
     
  19. Mp7

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    you also have the right to openly carry sextoys ...
    ... but would you bring them to a job interview?

    bring a pepperspray and a folder.
     
  20. cassandrasdaddy

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    op the first 2 sentences in everallm's post said it all. i have to wonder/hope you were joking with your question
     
  21. kingpin008

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    Guns are not magical talismans against danger and violence. The sooner you realize that, the better.

    MINDSET
    SKILLSET
    TOOLSET

    In that order!

    I don't remember at the moment who's signature line this is, but it's absolutely true. Stand up straight, keep your eyes open, and carry some OC spray and a knife or cane. You'll be fine.
     
  22. KarenTOC

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    Things not to do at a job interview:

    > Tell the interviewer she's a babe
    > Show up for an office position in a sweat suit
    > List "internet porn" under hobbies
    > Ask about the company policy on employee pilferage
    > Light up a cigarette (bonus points for blowing smoke in the interviewer's face)
    > Curse like a sailor
    > Bring a gun
     
  23. WNC Seabee

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    I've hired a lot of people over the years. I'm a gun nut myself and carry (concealed) at work frequently.

    If you showed up for an interview with me OC'ing, you wouldn't make it past the receptionist. She wouldn't freak out mind you, she would come to my office to tell me you're here and say, "Oh, he's carrying a gun." I'd have her thank you for your time and show you out the door.

    What you are suggesting shows an incredible lack of discretion, judgment and common sense.
     
  24. 22-rimfire

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    I like guns. If any job candidate showed up for an interview with a gun, I wouldn't consider interviewing them... end of interview. "Stupid is a stupid does." I think this might just "hint" at a problem employee in the future. Talk about dress for success?
     
  25. GBExpat

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    There it is ...
     
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