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Posted on Thu, Sep 07, 2006 06:12

What do you look for in a candidate? It doesn't matter what line of work it is?

What role does a candidates appearance play? Have you ever shunned a candidate due to his/her appearance... Be honest?

Overweight.. Would you hire someone who is obese? Do you knowingly avoid hiring these people?

Age.. be honest, do you avoid hiring older people, say over the age of 45?

Short hair, long hair- does it matter?

Clothing style, glasses? Would you assume someone with glasses is smarter? Thin people more competent and energetic?

I personally think the thin person with the short hair and the glasses between the age of 35-40 is at the advantage here.

What do you think?

Don't be shy.... Please answer, enquiring minds want to know!



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Posted on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 20:35

I think I missed the question and was taken back for certain by your beauty and lifefulness if there is such a word.
I am a Web Designer with an Employer Identification Number.



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Posted on Sun, Apr 15, 2007 14:46

In case you are still looking for answers: I am in the computer Facility and IT Infrastructure service industry in Canada, heavy on the 'service', and have been for over 20 years. Ask me how much I know about computers, and I will say 'not much'! But then I don't have to. I only need to know how corporate adminstration in our business works, for that is where I fit in.
When we hire a new employe, a sales exec for example, their size or color or type of glasses they wear makes absolutely no difference. What we look for are personal appearance, knowledge, intelligence, self-confidence, business planning capabilities, proces abilities, product knowledge, communications skills, networking abilities, and other capabilies. A very important quality would be how well would you fit in with our 'corporate personality'. Teamwork is of utmost importance, and your willingness and drive to learn our processes from each other is very important. We also look at how well you would fit in with our customers and how well can you negotiate their needs. We look at your background and your past or current business and history. Work references and police backround checks. Because you represent our organization, we view you through the eyes of the customer and ask ourselves if we would want you to represent us. If so, how do you deliver our Service, and what kind of an effect or impression will you leave behind. It's not quite as 'cut out' as you had listed. You have to look at the bigger picture, and do you homework with the company you want to target. Get to know the business, and check out the companies policies, dress codes, benefits, etc.

I hope this may have helped you somewhat. Best of luck in your searc

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Posted on Tue, Mar 20, 2007 20:10

Okay...I will add here...the Lexus Driver is right on with what he is saying. Read it and soak it up. I was an employment counsellor for quite some time and yes, I realize there are sterotypes that can come into play...but what you need to do is not focus on that type of thinking or you immediately jeopardize your success. There are a few tricks that you can use that will almost guarantee that you will get the job...here they are.

1. Do all the basic things like learn about the company, what charitable involvements they have, who their competition is and what their mission statement is. Do your homework.
2. Use the Halo Effect which is you set the tone when you enter the interview area..you will be protected throughout the interview if you set a positive tone..otherwise, it is very difficult to gain it later in the interview.
3. Sit in your Power Position...which is...if right handed, with your right side angled towards the lead person in the interview, if left handed angle your left side towards them. Practice this when in conversations with others, you will be amazed at the difference. Always use your Power Position and you will answer questions with ease and your face will evidence it.
4. Use the two largest psychological tools available to you...they are.. A) People like people who like them...therefore you really, really like the lead interviewer...your new best friend... B) People like people who are like them...be like the lead interviewer in that you agree with them regarding important aspects of employment.
5. Last but not least...determine what to pack into the last 15% of your interview. If you let them know your best Attributes...about four would be great, then when the interview is over you will be way ahead of those that follow you. You will be practically irrisistable.

Confident is paramount and if you follow these tricks you will be psychologically prepared and able to steer the interviewer into selecting you.

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Posted on Wed, Feb 21, 2007 22:00

Hi there

I have employed a lot of people during my business career and I have never advertised.

I would speak to the staff and say 'I am looking for A,B & C - do any of you know anyone like that'

I didn't care what anyone looked like...it was being able to do the job that was important.

Had GREAT STAFF, who all worked extremely well together.



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Posted on Tue, Sep 12, 2006 21:01

angelgirl1480 write:
What do you look for in a candidate? It doesn't matter what line of work it is?

What role does a candidates appearance play? Have you ever shunned a candidate due to his/her appearance... Be honest?

Overweight.. Would you hire someone who is obese? Do you knowingly avoid hiring these people?

Age.. be honest, do you avoid hiring older people, say over the age of 45?

Short hair, long hair- does it matter?

Clothing style, glasses? Would you assume someone with glasses is smarter? Thin people more competent and energetic?

I personally think the thin person with the short hair and the glasses between the age of 35-40 is at the advantage here.

What do you think?

Don't be shy.... Please answer, enquiring minds want to know!

We employ the magnet test as a way into the room. If you can walk past a head high magnet without your nose or cheek being pulled to it then you can come in. As for the rest, appearance is important, but body shape etc. is a distant 10th to neatness, cleanliness and looking like someone that fits in with the particular group we are hiring for or whether customers would find the appearance acceptable.

Intelligence, energy, williness to work, and illustration that they will show up on time--every day, are the tickets to employment. We look for the employee who is more interested in what they can bring the team, the company and the overall success of the endeavour than how many free days off there are or where their desk will be placed. Although appearence can open doors to get your foot in, closing the deal is dependent on the heart of the person and the willingness to work and work hard. We recruit every position for clients from President to bottle washer and the underlying theme is always the same--find good hardworking people, not pretty ones.



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Posted on Tue, Sep 12, 2006 20:57

Well the reason I started this thread is b/c I know someone in the dental business, who has gone on numerous interviews in the past year and has had no success. She's got a great resume, work experience, and even great letters from former employers..

Just wondering what she is doing wrong here?

At one point,she was up against another girl she knew who was slimmer and prettier. The other woman got the job desprite being fired from her last job, being unemployed and also only wanting part-time.. The position was for full-time... The ladies in this office made remarks about how pretty she was etc. etc... Very strange I think...

They (the office), literally broke the position up into two part-time jobs just to accomodate this girl... Well, boy are they regreting it now...



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Posted on Sun, Sep 10, 2006 18:38

O.K. Yes, I like your answer, but my question is zeroing in on appearances.....

This is the hidden X-factor and the reason some are hired and some aren't....

Most people just aren't brave enough to admit that they discriminate....

Just look around and see....

discrimination does exist... In all forms...



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Posted on Sun, Sep 10, 2006 14:55

Do you realize that you are stereotyping more then most employers would. You summed it up in your first line. I can't speak for anyone else but right now I don't have time to make preconceived judgements. I just need the best person for that particular job. Keep in mind- If it is a sales job then personality and appearance is much more important then it is for a bookkeeping job.
Don't go into a job interview worrying about everything you have discussed. Go in knowledgable, neat, upbeat and with the skills required.



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Posted on Fri, Sep 08, 2006 18:55

O.K. so be basically neat and professional... Put effort into your appearance because it basically shows if you are going to put your best foot forward in the position...

Well, you wouldn't believe the people that miss the mark here

I don't know if disshelveled equals lazy or sloppy work ethic... I don't. I work with slim, neat women and sloppy ones. One, isn't necessarily better than the other... Looks can be misleading... You can't judge a book by the cover

I still think the short haired brunettes with glasses who are slim rule as professionals and will be hired first... Just my opinion...

People with glasses are viewed as book wormy or smart.

heavy people are viewed as lazy and unkept

thin, attractive people are viewed as competent and confident

Should we mention height.... Taller people are likely to get further in their career according to studies... I don't know which ones, please don't askkk


Please..... More responses

this is so interesting to me



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Posted on Thu, Sep 07, 2006 20:57

Appearance is very important during an interview. And I am not talking about a persons looks. It is the overall way he/she carry themself. If you are not going to care enough to look your best at an interview...

As for age-that has never mattered to me. Some of the best employees I ever had were near retirement age. Young kids no longer like to work.

Glasses/no glasses??? It is all in the way you communicate. Can tell if you are smart or not within the first couple of minutes. Basically, by the time you have walked into my office I have figured out a lot about what type of employee you will be. A guy that has a stain on his tie, shirt tail out or even the tie loosened. Or the woman with similar gafts. This shows exactly the finished product you will hand in for work.
It is not about your "looks" but it is your appearance.



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