Post # 1
Please ignore any grammar/spelling errors. I have a headache and I just don’t feel like revising.
I started working with a recruitment agency recently after getting nowhere since my seach started in September. I’d never been to the office, but had spoken to them on the phone a few times. Last week she invited me in for an interview for a position in their office, all she told me was that it was Reception/Admin and the interview was the following day. So I go in, it goes fine, but somehow being towered over by this woman in high heels, I felt doubtful I would get the job.
She calls me the next day and says that no one she interviewed that day fit into the corporate enviornment, so she was going to have to keep interviewing. Later that day I found the job posted online which heavily stressed looking immaculate and needing to want to work in a corporate enviornment. ARGHH
#1 She didn’t mention this apparent “key requirement” over the phone
#2 I was dressed smart, but I bet for this post, being very young-looking + that I don’t wear makeup seriously counted against me.
Its just so frustrating because she also said she had no doubt I would be capable of the job, yet gave me no warning about how important image was. Also, everyone in that office was dressed like they were going out for a fancy meal… not something I was expecting (form fitting dresses, multi-colored shirts with cardigans and dangly earrings… no button up shirts in sight)…. and also, how is it a corporate enviornment with people like ME coming in? I’m just annoyed.
Has this happened to anyone else?
Post # 3
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 # 4
I had researched the company, but the “image” wasn’t really depicted on the internet. Just seemed like another recruitment company.
Post # 5
@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
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
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
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 # 9
I was wearing a button down shirt and black trousers, and took a number of precautinary steps to keep my hair sensible…
She basically said “the reason we are not offering you this position is because we don’t think you suit a corporate enviornment. We actually found this to be the case of everyone we interviewed”
And in the ad itself, “imaculately presented” was bolded, followed by “(this is a key requirement)”
I did think it was possible that she was talking about behavior, but I felt my behavior was very appropriate and she was very light hearted and conversational.
I don’t really think it technically was a “corporate” office, it was a pretty small, quiet office.
Post # 10
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
@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 # 12
Heh, additionally…. Its totally fair that she didn’t hire me for whatever reason, but its still frustrating.
And yes truth being I wouldn’t have gone for the job if I had seen the job advert…. I would do much better in a much more casual setting, but I have been out of work a long long long time (I think part of the reason getting one is so tough) the excitement of finally getting an interview was a little crushed with a final – yes, vague explination.
I suppose I’ve only had a few interviews and I am not knowledgeble enough to know how much to pick someone’s brain after getting a rejection, I sort of felt like that is all she was going to say.
Its helpful that “imaculately presented” might mean more than just visual image, though I tend to be very good about sitting still and eye contact and whatnot. Its helpful getting input from people who have been in a hiring position 🙂
Post # 13
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!
Post # 14
Glad to hear I shouldn’t worry about make-up as I’d probably have a proper panic attack if it was a requirement.
I actually just got invited to another interview tomorrow, and they sent me details of their dress code – very thankful for this. I think I am going to go out and shop for a suit jacket today.
Thanks for your insight, everyone!