Dress to impress

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  • Useful

    There are some good tips here. But what is this supposed research that shows 90 per cent of people judge you in the first ten seconds? What a load of rubbish!

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  • Ladder in tights?

    I think it seems a bit ridiculous, not to mention judgemental that Anthea felt the need to reject a candidate partly on the fact that she had a ladder in her tights. Surely the interviewee was pointing out that she had not purposely dressed in this manner and was only showing she was human. I hope if Anthea ever finds herself in the same position she does not receive the same treatment! Who ever said that female lawyers are judged on their appearance and not their legal ability?

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  • If you need to read this...

    you might as well give up now. If anyone really doesn't know these basics how on earth are they going to cope with all the other markers that people rightly or wrongly judge you by?

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  • Stunned

    I am almost lost for words. As an older trainee I am glad I was not appointed on what I look like rather than my years of experience and academic success. Perhaps I should be relieved that finally Anthea has come clean - although there are anti-discriminatory laws in place ...prejudice is still rife! Beware anyone with a facial disfigurement, or those who are unique looking, or have gone bald early. Don't bother applying...or so it would appear! Fortunately, in the real world, I can confirm my firm certainly does not employ these superficial tactics in their selection process. I sit here in wonder that this article should even be published, but then reality kicks in. After all, it is not that many years ago when my grandmother was out walking the streets protesting for votes for women. I should not be surprised by this article - but I am horrified that firms are not strenuously denying it.

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  • total agreement

    I agree eintirely with "City Gent". Your first impression is so important, not just at interview stage but with new clients etc as your career progresses. As a woman most people will have an added challenge at one or more stages of their career, during pregnancy.

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  • Dress code

    I'm not entirely sure why Clare Barlow thinks that women's rights is in any way relevant to the debate. Half of the above article is devoted to how men should dress as well and it demonstrates an astonishing level of naivite to think that the way we present ourselves is not important in whatever profession you are in. Added to which, the article doesn't mention anything about people having to be good looking to get ahead; just that everyone should conform to a certain dress-code.

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  • Not discrimination

    I don't think this article is shocking or discriminatory at all.
    I think Ms Barlow skim-read it and read in her own assumptions.

    I'm a feminist and I despise the business world's focus on looks - for both men and women. However, this article is nothing to do with the looks we are born with or those we cannot change (scars etc). It is about looking professional by making an effort to look smart and polished. Anyone (no matter how ugly or disfigured...!!!) can do this. All that recruiters are looking for when it comes to appearance is a sign that the candidate takes their role seriously. I agree, for instance, that light make up is very important for women to look professional. I do not think this is an issue of prejudice, nor is there anything wrong with it.

    On another note, however, I do disagree personally that people judge others 55% on looks - I think I judge people 80% by what they say, 10% by how they say it, and 10% by how they look.

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  • Basic stuff

    I agree with the earlier comment posted that if a potential trainee solicitor does not already know this basic information then I fear how well (s)he will perform in the legal profession!

    Secondly, it is very true indeed that the decision is 90% based on the first 30 seconds of the interview - can't argue with that.

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  • 90 Denier Black Opaque Tights that i wore once attending an interview got snagged from the chair i was sitting on ,leaving a gapping hole on my rear right thigh..my interview'er [a woman] passed me a pair of scissors advising me to cut the Tights off ..they were deemed Totally unsuitable ,so i cut them off and guess what..I got the job.

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  • I have just met Anthea today and I think she is fab! She even demonstrated on stage what a difference her advise makes by removing her heels and her accessories to reveal somebody far less interesting. Although appearance may not be paramount from the perspective of an employer- 2 intelligent people come for an interview with similar experience, 1 looks messy and unprofessional and one looks great. Who gets the job? It is easy!!!!!

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