‘I was told I don’t have the looks to be a store manager of a brand. I was rejected,’ messaged a professional.
When will this bias stop? This bias is shameful, but one that is unfortunately true & deeply rooted in our society. No one should be judged by their looks, color, gender, religion, language or economic background. But even after centuries of struggle, people make opinions based on how you look at every turn of your life.
It gets worse as studies have shown that looks are as important as brains for a successful career, especially in interviews, it’s mainly about the first impression. Human mind tends to appreciate what looks attractive when everything else is unknown.
Is this a right thing to do? Absolutely No!
But this seems to be how things are in reality. Some jobs come with certain expectations (e.g.retail, fashion, sales) So, one has to be groomed for that particular industry/domain. This is a smart thing to do. It’s now more about how you carry yourself, talk confidently & have the skills. You have to polish yourself.
Bottomline-If a company values looks over skills, it’s better not to join them. It’s unethical to the core. However, you need to be practical & should groom yourself to get ahead in your career. Because that’s the practical thing to do.
Hope this interview advice helps you in landing upon your dream job.