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Woman wears no makeup to job interview

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I heard this debate on the radio the other day and curious to read your responses.

 

A woman went to a job interview for an important position with a company.  She was well qualified, dressed well, and her hair was professionally styled.  However, she didn't wear an ounce of makeup.  She did not get the job.

 

She asked the recruiter for feedback on what she could have done better for future interviews.  Recruiter said that the potential employer said that it appeared she didn't put enough effort in her appearance for the interview and they chose another candidate for the job that did.  The interview was for a "higher up" postion.

 

What are your thoughts about wearing no makeup to a job interview for such a position?

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Re: Woman wears no makeup to job interview

@San Antonio Gal Gives creedence to the addage of you get ONE CHANCE to make a good first impression!    She knew what was at stake so her lack of being tidy showed in her face,  literally.

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Re: Woman wears no makeup to job interview

I understand that looks don't have anything to do with knowledge and ability, but I can see both sides.  If the applicant chooses not to wear makeup, that's her right. However, if a company wants to project a certain image, they are also at liberty to hire someone who will fit the bill.

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Re: Woman wears no makeup to job interview

A man doesn't have to wear makeup (unless he works at Sephora) why should she she punished? I don't wear a lot of makeup, just enough not to scare small children and animals. It's to hot to wear any now with it being 110 degrees. I see lots of places where the women aren't wearing makeup or very little. It shouldn't matter if she was the best qualified. 

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Re: Woman wears no makeup to job interview

Who said she wasn't wearing any makeup? Wouldn't that be subjective?

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Re: Woman wears no makeup to job interview

The thought "Do you want to make a point, or do you want the job" comes to mind.  It's shameful that a woman has to go through this in this day and age, but there it is.  Was it really the lack of makeup that made it look like she didn't put enough effort into her appearance, or was it something else?  Not possible, but wouldn't it be helpful to see a side-by-side comparison of her and the person who did get the job?

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Re: Woman wears no makeup to job interview

 Unfortunately,we live in a society that expects women to look a certain way in professional settings. If you want to be a part of the club you have to play the game. I don't think it's right but it's a choice everyone has to make for themselves.

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Re: Woman wears no makeup to job interview

I wonder if a man would have been rejected if he appeared with stubble on his chin, long hair, etc.

 

 

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Re: Woman wears no makeup to job interview

As a stylist, our DD is expected to look put together, hair done, and wearing makeup.  Would anyone want to get their hair done by someone in pajamas bottoms, a holey Tshirt, no bra, slippers, and a messy bun?  I doubt it.  She is expected to look professional and she's also representing her company. 

In the OP, the suggestion on making an effort doesn't mean glam makeup.  It could be as simple as a little foundation, blush, mascara, and lipgloss. I personally think that's reasonable.

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Re: Woman wears no makeup to job interview

She could have played the game (worn make-up) to the interview.

 

Once she had the job she could show up without make-up. Smiley Very Happy