(Closed) Didn’t get a job because of …. whatever reason, frustrated over unemployment

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

That would be annoying. I feel like she should have given you a heads up about the dress code, but then again maybe she expected you to research the company before the interview. This has not happened to me before, but I only applied with small businesses that were much more casual in their environment.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@jenspadiva:  In that case, I would have expected her to explain to me what she expected before I arrived. That is too bad she didn’t.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Did you specifically ask her why you didn’t get the job?  That’s one of the key things I would do if I didn’t get a job I interviewed for, so I would know how to improve for the next interview. 

From an employer perspective, I don’t think it’s fair to say she didn’t hire you because of your looks unless she said so.  What did you wear to the interview?  I guess I just think it’s unfair to read so much into the new version of the job posting without actually knowing her justification for not hiring you.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve only ever worked in corporate and being dressed for the part is extremely important when interviewing.  In my current role I no longer hire people, but two of my previous roles involved hiring and there were so many reasons why I didn’t hire someone, despite them being qualified for the role (eg. not being dressed appropriate, chewing gum, no eye contact, appearing distracted, etc.).  It’s just part of the process…

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yea, some companies are like that. I’m sorry that wasn’t conveyed to you. I remember searching for an admin at my former job and my boss wanted pretty, petite and well put together…I don’t necessarily agree with that (he was kind of a creep). The image part should have been conveyed.

 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Do you really even want this job? It sounds like you’d be really unhappy there, and that you would feel pressured to exude an image that you don’t feel comfortable with. If I were you, i’d let it go and spend my energy on the next possible position!

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@jenspadiva:  “Immaculately presented” doesn’t make me think of clothing right away, personally.  It makes me think of someone who is sitting upright, smiling, bright, clean, put together, not fidgeting, etc.  Did you ask her to elaborate on how you didn’t “suit a corporate environment”?  That explanation seems vague to me and like she was just trying to get you off the phone. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

I just recently got a job after being unemployed for just over 2 years, so I understand the excitement of getting an interview period (over that time, I only went on 4 interviews, 2 of which were for the job I just got). 

This situation hasn’t happened to me but I would just chalk this up to life experience and use it for future interviews. It seems you’ve got the proper interview etiquette of not fidgeting and what not down so you’re good to go from that point. 

Sometimes employers will let you know how you should dress, or you can ask them, but I always err on the side of wearing a suit to interviews if it doesn’t come up. I always feel more presentable when I’m dressed in a suit.  It really sucks that this didn’t come up, especially since an immaculate presentation was made to be such a big deal.

And don’t worry about the makeup. I don’t wear a stitch of make up and am pretty lucky when I remember to slap on some chapstick!

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