A LinkedIn post by a tech recruiter who shared that a candidate was stuck for wearing a hoodie during the video interview sparks an online debate.
People are divided on whether or not the expectation of dressing up for job interviews is “pristine”.
Daniel Space (@dan_from_hr) shared the LinkedIn post on TikTok on Friday. In the clip, he says, “A recruiter just got fired because of this post on LinkedIn. In her LinkedIn post, she said one of the reasons one of the candidates got stuck — not the only reason — was because they wore a hoodie during the Zoom interview. There are some advocates who say an interview is still a business meeting and you should dress appropriately, but many people say this is totally inappropriate.”
As of Wednesday, TikTok has garnered 283,600 views.
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Behind him is a screenshot of recruiter Louise Ogilvy’s post. According to Ogilvy’s LinkedIn profile, she lives in the UK and recruits for tech startups.
In the Post, Ogilvy wrote: “Have we gotten so used to working from home that we’ve forgotten we’re still ‘working’. In the days of in-person interviews, would you have walked into an office in a hoodie for an interview?”
“When the world went a little crazy a few years ago and everyone turned to video conferencing, interviews and team meetings, I feel like people put more effort into looking smart on camera. Do we need to remind candidates before the interview to show up in something smart that would be classified as casual wear rather than hoodies (I love good hoodies btw and am just using this as an example),” her post continued.
Other LinkedIn users commented on her post, some disagreed. “If you’re someone who puts so much value and weight into a clothing choice – wow. I am sorry. I wouldn’t trust you to get me a job, and I certainly wouldn’t want to work for you. Dress codes and worrying about how other people dress is not something I want to waste my short life worrying about.”
In the comments, Ogilvy clarified that this opinion “had more to do with job interviews than working from home,” adding that “it’s pretty typical to see software developers in casual clothes for sure!”
Others defended Ogilvy’s post. “There’s an old-fashioned concept of respect and just plain effort. If you’re hoping someone will “buy” you, then you have a responsibility to sell yourself well. I don’t think it’s asking too much for someone to dress well and look smart.”
On TikTok, most commenters on Space’s post disagreed with Ogilvy’s opinion. “She used the term ‘before,’ so she’s already out of touch. We are no longer back in time. Let people wear hoodies.”
Some pointed out that the industry she works in is tech, which is notorious for its nonchalance. “She recruits for startups, the candidates know the industry, they don’t.”
“I definitely see both sides! However, my skills and experience don’t change with a different shirt…” commented another.
“A nice suit would show that you care about the job. If you wear a hoodie, the interviewer will think differently,” wrote one TikToker.
Space replied, “A nice suit can also show that you don’t know the culture.”
At least one person brought up the Great Resignation, or the power shift movement from employers, who have the leverage, to workers who don’t apologize for what they expect from their work. In November 2021, a 20-year record smoking cessation rate was reached in the United States. A Pew Research Center survey of those who quit their jobs in 2021 found that most did so because “the pay was too low,” there was “no opportunity for advancement,” and they “don’t feel respected at work.” This has led to a high demand for labor and thus to higher, more attractive wages or social benefits.
The Daily Dot emailed Ogilvy for comment.
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*Initial publication: May 25, 2022 at 6:22 pm CDT
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