Candidate wears fake wedding ring to interview with shocking results...

A recent blog post highlighted the plight of a young female candidate, who felt like she had to don a fake wedding ring in order to be considered for the roles she was applying for.

The article, written by Dana Robinson and published on Refinery29, explained how the applicant was continually asked by recruiters whether or not she was married. Some asked her if she had a partner, others simply assumed that she had a family, partly, Robinson theorises, because her CV showed that she had experience in writing for a dating website.

She writes: “I was asked point blank by potential employers whether I was married. One interviewer had the good sense to catch himself in the midst of his inappropriate question and implored me not to answer.

“But another, undeterred by the potential threat of a lawsuit, just sat there and waited for a response. I told her that I wasn’t married, and she seemed a little disappointed.”

The candidate went on to say that she believes recruiters and hiring managers naturally gravitate toward people that remind them of themselves.

“There was no way for me to alter my gender, race, age, or height,” she writes. “My marital status seemed like the one variable that I could control…I thought the ring might make me seem a bit more mature, more hireable, more what employers were looking for.”

In the end, Robinson didn’t get the job she applied for, mainly she thinks because the recruiter could tell she was awkward and uncomfortable – potentially down to the fake wedding ring on her finger.

A survey from the US Career Builder and Harris HRS Poll found that candidates are being asked illegal questions during the interview process by 20% of managers. For instance, at least one third of respondents did not realise that questions about religious or political affiliation, pregnancy or planning for children, race, marital status, personal finance, or the use of alcohol or tobacco products were illegal. 

Recruitment Grapevine recently reported on Bruce Hurwitz, a US recruiter, who came under fire for a LinkedIn essay, in which he wrote that women who show up to a job interview sporting a large diamond are automatically put in the “high maintenance” category by recruiters.

Comments (1)
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 1:49pm BST
What a load of rubbish! She didn't not get the job because of the ring, she didn't get the job because she wasn't right for it
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