Interviewers admit to hiring by outfits over references, and other horrific stats

While female and male interviewers counted timeliness and preparedness as important qualities when hiring candidates, appearance also played a major role.

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How should you dress for your job interview? Like a sexy supermodel, basically. That’s according to the results of a survey NVISION ran of 1,000 people – 500 of them interviewers, 500 employees – to find out what ensembles get the most professional approval during a job interview situation. The results were eye-opening.

While both female and male interviewers counted timeliness and preparedness to be the first and second most important qualities when hiring job candidates, male interviewers listed “experience” as a third most important factor, while female interviewers listed a “groomed appearance” to be the third most important.


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And apparently, that doesn’t mean simply being clean and tidy, either. It straight-up means whether you’re pretty… or not.

For better or for worse, 76% of female interviewers admitted that “attractiveness matters” at their company.

To add to their status as very vain people, 75% of the interviewers surveyed admitted that dressing stylishly “mattered” at their company.

Moreover, 21% of the interviewer respondents added, they would definitely pick an applicant that was dressed to showcase their sexual availability over a casually dressed applicant.

And also, forget your references, and concentrate on your outfit (make sure to wear something sexy), because what you’re wearing is more important. About 41% of male and 47.4% of female hiring managers believed a job applicant dressed formally would be a better fit for their company than a casually dressed one – even if that casual person had better references.

No matter what you decide to wear, make absolutely no misstep, because know this:

Of course, you wouldn’t really want to work at a company like the ones these interviewers inhabit (are they all from Conde Nast or cable news?), but take heed, bad interviewers are everywhere, wasting your time with their odd, stringent preferences – and providing you with party fodder as you celebrate your new job.

 

Sheila McClear|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at smcclear@theladders.com.